Written answers

Monday, 30 June 2003

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Health and Safety

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) whether all statutory health and safety standards are applied throughout the Parliamentary...

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the responses the Government has received to The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: Northern...

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action he has taken to implement the principle enunciated in the 1998 Transport White Paper that aviation should meet the external, including...

      Chancery Lane Derailment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what responsibility Metronet had for the recent replacement of bolts and brackets on Central Line trains; how much they received; and what the total...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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.

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate how long it takes on average to (a) complete and (b) process the application form for a driving licence; and whether his Department...

      Flying Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the potential impact of proposals under consideration by the Council of Ministers to increase the limits on flying...

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of (a) flights and (b) night flights landed at Heathrow Airport from a (i) westerly and (ii) easterly direction in (A)...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to ensure that pollution on the London Underground does not exceed statutory levels.

      Mental Health

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

      Offshore Wind Farm Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the Department's policy on the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill.

      Self-employed Transport Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the use of self-employed transport managers under (a) the Goods Vehicle Licensing of Operators Act 1995 and (b) EU directive 96/26.

      Signalling Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rail signalling masts of 15 metres and over are planned by Network Rail in each region.

      Stansted Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what facilities are available at Stansted airport for the assistance and support of (a) disabled and (b) elderly members of the public; what...

      Traffic Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has made to the Cabinet Office in its review by the Better Regulation Task Force of the role of traffic commissioners.

      Traffic Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidelines he has issued to traffic commissioners on implementing the Goods Vehicle Licensing of Operators Act 1995.

      Train Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of a (a) standard and (b) first class train fare between Shrewsbury and London in each year since 1997.

      Underground (Dust)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport why the dust vacuuming Underground train was taken out of service; and what plans there are to reintroduce it.

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate how long it takes on average to (a) complete and (b) process the application form for Vehicle Excise Duty; and whether his...

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many instances there were of vehicle excise duty evasion in Gloucestershire, broken down by local authority, in each year since 1997; and if he...

  • Home Department

    • Anti-terrorism measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to ensure that anti-terrorist measures are put in place in the regions.

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-semitic incidents were recorded in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement on the trend over the last year.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what services there are at Heathrow airport for unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

      Civil Contingencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      Civil Service (New Entrants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances records of a person's DNA are kept; what plans he has to create a national DNA database; and what security measures...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many kilograms of (a) heroin and (b) cocaine were seized by Merseyside police in each of the past five years; and how many arrests were...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department makes money seized from drug dealers under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 available to fund additional places in drug...

      Euro Roadshow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the events he plans to attend as part of the Government's euro roadshow.

      Faith Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what way his Department is taking forward the Government's commitment to review the way in which Government departments interface with the...

      Incitement of Racial Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what sanctions are available to prevent people from (a) receiving, (b) downloading and (c) storing materials (i) on the internet and (ii)...

      Incitement of Racial Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action can be taken against companies which make available material likely to incite race-hatred on satellite TV in the UK; and if he...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on writing to hon. Members to inform them of errors in replies to parliamentary questions.

      Payroll Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total value is of the contract between the Home Office and Logica CMG to provide payroll bureau services for Home Office pay and...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list, for each of the last five years, the average number of prisoners held in each of the Category D prisons for which the Prison...

      Public Sector Workers (Protection from Assault)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to improve the protection of public sector workers against violence in their workplace.

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

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

      Sewel Motions

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

      Sustainable Development

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

      Terrorism (European Framework Law)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on a European framework law to govern the prosecution of terrorism.

  • Education and Skills

    • Careers Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to improve continuity of service between Connexions and higher education career services.

    • Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many childcare places have been created in (a) Bury S. Edmunds constituency, (b) Suffolk, (c) Norfolk, (d) Cambridgeshire and (e) Essex...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 18 June 2003, Official Report, column 303W, on the Criminal Records Bureau, how his Department calculated the...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many faith schools exist in each London borough authority.

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations he has received regarding government targets for literacy and numeracy.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Minister for Children will be setting new Public Service Agreements.

      Sewel Motions

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

      Sunset Clauses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make it his policy to include a sunset clause in all new legislation promoted by his Department unless a specific case can be...

      Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department is spending on the current television advertising campaign for teacher recruitment.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will make a statement on bursaries available for postgraduate teacher training; and what assessment he has made of the effect of...

      Young Voices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what he estimates the annual cost of Young Voices will be.

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what percentage of Africa she estimates was covered in forest in (a) 1975, (b) 1985, (c) 1995 and (d) 2002.

    • Africa

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development if the Secretary of State will take steps to prevent industrial fishing by EU countries from seriously depleting fish stocks...

      International Finance Facility

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development if she will make a statement on the discussions and conclusions made in the recent G8 summit regarding the International...

      Iraq

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what action UK forces are taking to ensure that children in Iraq are receiving an education; and if she will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development if she will make a statement on the UK preparations for the return of Iraqi refugees; and what action is being taken to...

      Kenya

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what assessment he has made of the potential danger to workers involved in the flower industry in Kenya due to exposure to...

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development if he will list the targets the Department for International Development set for (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b)...

      Senior Departmental Posts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development how many senior departmental posts were advertised in each year since June 1999; and how many of those were advertised in...

      WTO Meeting (Mexico)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom Government's objectives at the World Trade Organisation's ministerial...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Contingencies Bill

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent representations he has received on the implications for local government finance of the Civil Contingencies Bill.

    • Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on the department's Regulatory Impact Assessment procedure; and how many RIAs have been reviewed in respect of the...

      Sunset Clauses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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.

      Traffic Commissioners

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on his review of the role of traffic commissioners by the Better Regulation Task Force.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor General how many cases were referred to the CPS by each police service in England and Wales in each of the last three years; what percentage of referred cases were dropped by...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures her Department is taking to assist the English tourism industry.

    • British Film Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to secure the future of the British film industry.

      Olympic Bid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the appointment of Ms Barbara Cassani to lead the London Olympic bid.

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to introduce a distribution of National Lottery funding aimed at tackling social exclusion and regenerating...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the trend in National Lottery receipts.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on lottery funds for sport-related activities.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Lottery money went to (a) good causes, (b) the Exchequer as duty, (c) administration costs, (d) prizes and (e) other places in...

      Regional Anthems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with regional arts organisations concerning regional anthems as a way of promoting the Government's vision...

      Sports Facilities (Rural Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on public sports facilities provided through schools in rural areas.

      Sporting/Cultural Activities (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how the Government plans to encourage (a) sporting and (b) cultural activities in the west Midlands.

      Community Sports Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of collaborative initiatives which deliver community sporting facilities on school sites.

      BBC Licence Fee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the future of the BBC licence fee.

      Dorrington Recreation Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when Sport England will issue a grant to Dorrington Recreation Association to support their application for funding a new hard play area.

      Gaming Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what organisations and individuals she has consulted in respect of the Government's proposed changes to the gaming laws.[R]

      Greyhound Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many greyhounds were bred for racing in the UK in each of the past five years; how many made it to the tracks each year; and what...

      Greyhound Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the bookmaking industry has taken in each of the last five years from betting on greyhound racing; and how much of this money...

      Sports Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to promote greater co-operation between the sports administrators of the four home nations.

  • Church Commissioners

    • St. Giles Church, Imber

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners if he will make a statement on the Commissioners' plans for St. Giles Church, Imber.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Postal Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if he will make a statement on the Commission's research on postal vote arrangements.

  • Defence

    • A and P Shipbuilders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list (a) refit and (b) other work which his Department has placed with A and P Shipbuilders in each of the past four years.

    • Army Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost was of Army house removals in each year since 1999; and what the average volumes were for those moves.

      Bereaved Service Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures he is taking in support of widows and partners of service personnel who died in the Gulf conflict.

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expected service life was of the BL755 when it entered service; and whether projects are under way to extend its service life.

      Compendium of Ministry of DefenceAcquisition Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest version of the Compendium of Ministry of Defence Acquisition Requirements; and when he intends to...

      Defence Medical Services (Iraq)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 18 June 2003, Official Report, column 252W, on Operation Telic, how many personnel currently serving in Operation Telic have...

      Defence Projects (Israel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Government of Israel concerning a new generation jet fighter project in collaboration with the Netherlands.

      Defence Systems Exhibition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his Department's role in the Defence Systems and Equipment International Exhibition being held in Docklands in September.

      Departmental Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what targets his Department had in place with (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) non-governmental organisations, (c) consular offices, (d) research...

      Departmental Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what targets his Department had in place with (a) the Performance Assessment Network, (b) the Performance Reporting Information System for Management and...

      Euro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he received the Treasury documents relating to the five economic tests and the 18 background studies; what discussions he has held with ministerial...

      Executive Agencies

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

      Executive Agencies

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

      Fred Nerac and Hussein Osman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action the Military Police in the Basra region has taken to investigate the whereabouts of Fred Nerac and Hussein Osman; and if he will make a statement.

      General Service Medal (Suez)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the detailed qualification criteria for the General Service Medal for those who served in the Suez Canal Zone 1951–54 to be (a)...

      Health Care Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the (a) Army Training and Recruiting Agency Secondary Healthcare Initiative, (b) Waiting List Initiative and (c) Rapid...

      Infantry Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which infantry regiments were deployed on Operation (a) Joint Guardian, (b) Essential Harvest, (c) Palliser, (d) Fingal, (e) Veritas and (f) Telic.

      Infantry Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which infantry regiments have undertaken BATUS training exercises in each of the past five years.

      Maintenance Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how often reviews are undertaken of the cost-effectiveness of contracts that the Ministry of Defence and its agencies have with outside contractors for...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how large the task force is which is looking for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq broken down by (a) scientists, (b) army personnel and (c) others;...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which British Service personnel will be withdrawn from Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what weapons British forces allow Iraqis to keep for self-defence.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest estimate is of the number of deaths resulting from the recent war in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much money has been raised for British servicemen through the UK Gulf Forces Trust Fund.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Iraq Survey Group to report on the progress of its work; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many casualties there have been in the Iraq conflict, broken down by (a) British military personnel, (b) Iraqi civilians and (c) other categories.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many medical personnel are on service overseas, broken down by specialisation; in which locations; and if he will make a statement.

      Operation Dimming Sun

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on operation Dimming Sun; how much it cost to host; where and when it took place; which countries' participants came; what...

      Operation Telic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) volunteer reserves personnel and (b) regular reservists in the (i) Royal Navy, (ii) Royal Marines, (iii) Army and (iv) RAF units are...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Private Sector Medical Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces have been removed from medical waiting lists because they have opted to pay for their own treatment in the private...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors underlay the decision to purchase Sonar 2087 systems for frigates; and if he will make a statement.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the order was placed for the supply of desert boots and uniforms prior to the war in Iraq; what quantities were ordered; what the contract price...

      Radioactive Material

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the quantities of radioactive material he has held in each year since 1980, broken down by (a) high level, (b) intermediate level and (c)...

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list operational military airfields situated within 50 miles of central London.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Answer of 3 June 2003, Official Report, column 292W, on Heathrow, (1) what assessment has been made of the future status of RAF...

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the strategic importance of RAF Northolt, with particular reference to military flights.

      Refurbishment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many refurbishment programmes undertaken by the Ministry of Defence and its agencies are over-running; what extra costs have been incurred by these...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the suicide rate of active members of the Army has been since 1993, broken down by regiment.

      Surveillance Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether surveillance devices were discovered during the last refurbishment of the MOD buildings in Whitehall.

      Tigers Road Premises, South Wigston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future use of the Territorial Army and cadet premises and land at Tigers Road, South Wigston, near Leicester.

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of claims under the war pensions scheme, accepted under the current burden of proof arrangements, which would be...

  • Treasury

    • Benefits Cost

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of (a) benefits and (b) tax credits was (i) in the UK, (ii) in the North East region and (iii) in the Tees Valley as a percentage of GDP in...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell (Matthew Taylor) of 10 June 2003, Official Report, columns 746–47W, on council...

      Customs Seizures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many seizures of (a) firearms, (b) drugs and (c) other dangerous goods were recorded at UK ports and airports in the last five years; (2) on how...

      Departmental Ministers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Ministers there were in his Department in each year since 1996.

      Environmental Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what economic instruments the Treasury plans to use to internalise the environmental costs of goods; and if he will make a statement.

      European Economic Convergence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he would take, following a decision to implement a discretionary fiscal policy to stabilise the economy to ensure that departmental...

      Financial Products (Charges)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the responses that he has received to his consultation on the 1 per cent. cap on administration charges for financial products; and what...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to establish medium term stability on the taxation of liquefied petroleum gas.

      Local Authority Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Treasury study for the issues in the review of local authority funding.

      Personal Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer [pursuant to his answer of 16 June, Official Report, column 40W, on personal debt, what action is he taking to reduce the level of existing personal debt...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to remove stamp duty for first-time buyers.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the change in value added tax was in each financial year since 1991–92; (2) what the (a) average amount of value added tax paid per...

      War Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the schedule of remaining war debt to be paid to the United States is in respect of the Second World War.

  • Scotland

    • Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

    • Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2003, Official Report, column 664W, on tax credits, how many families in Scotland are expected to receive (a) the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Access Disputes

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral Answer of 11 June 2003, Official Report, column 676, when he will write to the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on access disputes.

    • Children's Trusts

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2003, ref 120952, on children's trusts, which Minister has lead responsibility; and when decisions concerning the pilot children's...

      Defence Contracts

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has made to President Bush to secure (a) greater access for (i) BAE Systems and (ii) other British defence contractors to US military contracts...

      E-mail Addresses

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 10 February 2003, Official Report, column 582W, on e-mail addresses, when he expects an e-mail address by which members of the public may...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Prime Minister in which policy areas the United Kingdom will consider giving up its veto under the new European Constitution.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what procedures exist for investigations to be carried out into cause of deaths in custody in British detention centres in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      London Mayor

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times he has met the Mayor of London in official meetings in each of the past three years.

      Political Honours

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many times the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee has (a) rejected and (b) referred back for re-consideration a recommendation for (i) a peerage and (ii)...

      Sellafield Nuclear Plant

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent representations he has received from the Government of the Republic of Ireland regarding the Sellafield nuclear plant; and if he will make a statement.

      Staff Costs

      To ask the Prime Minister how many staff his office had in each year since 1997; and what they cost in each year.

      Tibet

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to raise the issue of Tibet when he visits China next month.

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his statement of 23 June 2003 on the Thessaloniki European Council, Official Report, column 707, what additional resources are being committed by (a) the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what special provision has been made by (a) the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and (b) the Afghan Transitional...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the gender breakdown of (a) civilian and (b) military staff is in the UK-led provincial reconstruction team in Mazar-e-Sharif.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of recent British policy on Burma, with particular regard to improving the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had on strengthening the EU sanctions against Burma; and what his policy is on the UK introducing...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise the issue of assaults on democracy and human rights in Burma at the UN Security Council.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on how many people have been killed in the recent action by the Burmese junta on members and...

      Burma

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

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the treatment by the Burmese authorities of members of (a) the Shan and (b) other minority...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will introduce sanctions unilaterally against Burma if agreement cannot be reached at European Union Level.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if European Union representations to the United Nations Security Council regarding the political situation in Burma will include...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the levels of opium production in Burma; and what reports he has received of (a) state and...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will support the imposition of additional targeted EU (a) economic and (b) diplomatic sanctions against the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with other EU foreign ministers about the political situation in Burma.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he was asked to meet the released Tibetan political prisoner Ngawang Sandrol during her visit to London; what his...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to raise the issue of Tibet in his forthcoming meeting with the Foreign Minister of China.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to meet Ngawang Sangdrol, the recently-released Tibetan political prisoner.

      Christians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Christians have been (a) killed and (b) injured because of their faith in the last year in each country for which...

      Cocaine Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to reduce the amount of cocaine reaching the UK from (a) Colombia and (b) the remainder of...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the President of Colombia's statement that there is no difference between combatants and non...

      Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government has made to (a) Rwanda and (b) Uganda with regard to their actions in the Democratic...

      EU Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many regulations originating from the EU have been implemented by the Department over each of the last five years.

      France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many UK citizens employed as lorry drivers were arrested, detained and released in France where a judge has failed to...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest assessment is of British military equipment which has been misused by the Indonesian Government.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the sites in Iraq categorised by the British Government as key in the search for weapons of mass destruction;...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Iraqis have been tried in proceedings initiated or authorised by the British occupation authorities for offences...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on human rights abuses in Kenya.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Israel regarding restriction of fishing off the coast of the Gaza Strip in...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Israel concerning food shortages in the Occupied Palestinian Territories...

      Opium Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to curb the opium trade in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Senior Departmental Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many senior departmental posts were advertised in each year since June 1999; and how many of those were advertised in the...

      Sierra Leone

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

      South Africa (Sanctions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held in 2003 with President Mbeki of South Africa regarding sanctions against the Zanu PF regime in...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to promote human rights in Sudan.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Uganda on the protection of people in the north and east of Uganda from...

      Voluntary Organisations

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

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what (a) recent meetings he has held and (b) meetings he plans to hold with EU leaders in 2003 to discuss the effect of...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) recent meetings he has held and (b) meetings he plans to hold with the leaders of (i) Namibia, (ii) Nigeria, (iii)...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Bacton Gas Terminal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on security precautions at Bacton Gas Terminal in North Norfolk.

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 19 May 2003, Official Report, column 631W, on age discrimination, what safeguards are in place to prevent unfair...

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's policy is on Ministers promoting the arms industry, with particular reference to (a) human rights, (b) regional security...

      Aviation Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate her Department has made of the contribution to the UK economy made by the general aviation industry; and if she will make a...

      Biotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people work in the biotechnology sector, broken down by type of work.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when telecommunication companies will enable exchanges to provide broadband to all users; and if she will make a statement.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to ensure that residents of communities not served by a broadband-enabled telephone exchange can benefit from the provision...

      Business Diversification (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what grant aid is available to assist in (a) business diversification in Scotland and (b) non-fishing related new business start-ups in...

      Copyright Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the progress of the Copyright Directive.

      Defence Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total value of outstanding export guarantee liabilities in respect of defence equipment was on 1 April (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001,...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will take steps to ensure an accreditation scheme is in place for green tariffs for domestic electricity customers; and if she will...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how (a) the UK and (b) third world countries may affect the agenda for WTO negotiations.

      GATS Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what independent assessments of the impact of service liberalisation her Department has studied.

      Government Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate her Department has made of the amount of waste in the Government industrial grants system since 1997, in terms of (a) jobs...

      LG Electronics Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much public aid has been given to the LG Electronics group since 1997; how many jobs were expected to have been created as a result; how...

      Middle East (Gas and Water)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list British companies contracted to work in the natural gas and water industries in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

      Oftel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry by what criteria Oftel decides to use (a) The Competition Act 1998 and (b) the Telecommunications Act 1984 when pursuing anti-competitive...

      Pension Loss Model

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects the Pension Loss Model used by IRISC to calculate compensation for any loss of pension to former miners who died after 1...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the names of those post offices which have closed in Northern Ireland in each year since 1998.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the post offices in Shrewsbury and Atcham; and if she will make a statement on disabled access to each one.

      Regulatory Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the (a) number of staff employed by and (b) budget of each regulatory body for which her Department is responsible in each...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her Department's Regulatory Impact Assessment procedure; and how many RIAs have been reviewed in respect of...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make representations to the European Commission about the method of procurement of railway rolling stock by the (a) Spanish, (b)...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has made to Alston about the impact on jobs in the UK of its decision to manufacture London tube trains in France or...

      Strategic Forum for Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what benefits to public sector tendering have resulted from the Strategic Forum for Construction since 22 April 2002; and what role...

      Vibration White Finger

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many compensation claims for vibration white finger have been denied and are awaiting reconsideration; and how long it will take for all...

      Wind Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of wind turbines on private and unlicensed aerodromes which operate under the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Ad Hoc Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the people appointed to ad hoc posts within his Department bearing the titles of advocate, tsar, adviser, champion and...

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who the members are of the technical committee advising the Department on the next steps following the publication of 'Preliminary...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases were dealt with by the CSA in each of the last five years in Cleethorpes constituency.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how long it takes on average to (a) complete and (b) process the application form for financial assistance from the Child...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unemployed single adults received disability living allowance owing to mental illness in each year from 1992 to 2002.

      Early-day Motion 1389

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on early-day motion 1389.

      Families with Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to ensure that families with children in receipt of income support continue to receive social security payments...

      Hotel Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on hotel accommodation (i)...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultation took place with other Government Departments in devising housing advice services to older people within the Third Age Service.

      Occupational and Private Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who regulates the statutory monetary purchase illustrations for (a) occupational pensions and (b) private pensions.

      Pay Audit

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

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many individuals are estimated to be eligible for pension credit in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05, (c) 2005–06 and (d)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how long it takes on average to (a) complete and (b) process the pension credit application form; and whether his...

      Pension Service (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees of the Pension Service are based in Scotland.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average change in (a) the state pension and (b) pensioner income was in each financial year since 1991–92.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list, for each constituency in Wiltshire (a) the numbers of pensioners aged 80 and over in receipt of state pensions and (b) the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if it is his policy to link the basic state pension to the retail prices index for the remainder of this Parliament.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to pages 25–6 of Working and Saving for Retirement: Action on Occupational Pensions, if it is his intention to propose...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants in receipt of UK basic state pension (a) now, (b) five and (c) 10 years ago were resident (i) in EU countries, (ii) in...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham and (b) Shropshire who were eligible for the minimum...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 9 June 2003, Official Report, column 703W, on poverty definition, whether the new general definition of poverty will...

      Regulatory Bodies

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

      Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which of his Department's projects have received sponsorship in the last financial year; who the sponsor was in each case; what the nature of...

      State Pension Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people his Department has employed to process state pensions forecasts in 2003.

  • Northern Ireland

    • 11-plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the names of people appointed to serve on the panel set up to advise on the replacement of the 11-plus examination; which...

    • Acute Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many acute hospital beds he estimates there will be in Northern Ireland if the proposals in the recent ministerial announcement on...

      Ambulance Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many attacks on ambulance personnel there were in Northern Ireland (a) in 2001, (b) in 2002 and (c) since January 2003; how many people have...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many autistic children have (a) received and (b) refused applied behaviour analysis teaching in (i) the Southern Health and Social Services...

      Centre for Traumas and Transformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on how the public money granted by the Northern Ireland Office to the Northern Ireland Centre for Traumas and...

      Community Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the impact of community sports on the peace process in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Congestion Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce congestion charging in Northern Ireland.

      Early Release Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) individuals convicted of murder and (b) others have been released as a result of the 1998 Belfast Agreement early release scheme.

      Early Release Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners released early through the 1998 Belfast Agreement early release scheme have subsequently been convicted of further offences.

      Education and Library Board Computer System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the services available through the PPI managed Education and Library Board computer system; and why files greater...

      Electoral Identity Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many electoral identity cards have been issued; how many applications for electoral identity cards have been received which are being...

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many game fishing licences were issued by (a) the Foyle Fisheries Commission and Loughs Agency and (b) the Fisheries Conservancy Board for...

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) salmon, (b) grilse and (c) sea trout passed upstream through the trap on the River Bush at Bushmills in each month in each of the...

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many salmon smolts he estimates were naturally produced by salmon and grilse in the River Bush and passed to the sea in each of the last...

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many permits to fish for migrating fish in each of the stretches of the River Bush under the control of his Department were issued in each...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Northern Ireland strategy for the further education sector will be published.

      Irish Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public expenditure has been awarded to groups and individuals involved in the Irish Language Medium in each of the last five years.

      Irish/Ulster Scots Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by his Department on promoting (a) the Irish language and (b) the Ulster Scots language in the last 12 months for which...

      Juvenile Justice Centre, County Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Juvenile Justice Centre at Lisnevin, Millisle, County Down will close; why the closure has been delayed; how many admissions there have...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) staffing and (b) financial resources have been provided in order to execute the Mental Health Review; and if he will make a statement.

      Mot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the failure rates at Vehicle Inspection centres were (a) before and (b) after the introduction of the new computerised testing system.

      Northern Ireland Youth Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the basis of the decision to invite the Northern Ireland Youth Forum to conduct an external study as part of the...

      Peace II Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list those groups which have received funding under the Peace II initiative in (a) Belfast and (b) Northern Ireland.

      Portadown Parade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of policing the Junior Orange parade in Portadown in (a) the morning and (b) the afternoon of Saturday 31 May; and how many...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent representations he has received from postmasters in Northern Ireland regarding the introduction of Post Office card accounts.

      Presidential Visit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the costs to the PSNI were of the security measures put in place for the visit of President Bush to Hillsborough, County Down.

      Primary/Secondary Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the composition of the working group established by the Department of Education to formulate proposals on the way...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

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

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which contractors are engaged by the Department of Regional Development to carry out (a) road works and (b) other works in (i) Belfast and (ii)...

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total funding for schools in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) North Down was in each year since 1997.

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to promote increased participation in sport in schools in Northern Ireland.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he is taking to tackle teenage pregnancy in Northern Ireland.

      Train Derailment (Castlerock)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will publish the findings of the inquiry into the derailment of the Northern Ireland Railway's train at Castlerock on 4 June 2002; and...

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress on plans for a rapid transport system for Belfast.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the annual cost of extending the free fares scheme to all those over 60 in Northern Ireland.

      Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to amend the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Agency Workers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many agency workers have been employed by the Department in each of the last two years; and at what cost to public funds.

    • Allotments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to increase the number of allotments; and if he will make a statement.

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many conferences staff of the Audit Commission attended in each of the last five years; what the (a) cost and (b) purpose was in each case; and how many were...

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many publications have been issued by the Audit Commission in each of the last five years; and what the cost was of each.

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many equivalent full time employees there were in the Audit Commission, (a) when it was first established and (b) on 1 May 2003.

      Care Beds

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what financial support is available from his Department to assist local authorities to provide additional nursing and residential care beds for the elderly.

      Care Beds

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with Hampshire county council about the availability of Government funding for the provision of additional nursing and residential...

      Care Home Developments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultations his Department has had with the Department of Health concerning the adequacy of existing planning guidance in respect of new care home developments.

      Command Paper 5778

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2003, Official Report, column 351W, on Command Paper 5778, which parts of the Children Act 1989 are failing to be implemented...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average council tax was in (a) London, (b) the south-east, (c) the south-west and (d) the south of England in each financial year since 1995–96.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much council tax was uncollected for the London boroughs at the latest date for which figures are available on (a) a cash basis and (b) a percentage basis.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to allow local councils to give council tax single person reduction to couples where one of the pair is no longer able to live in the home due...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government has to increase councils' flexibility in granting single person discount for council tax.

      Council Tax Arrears

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many committal orders for council tax arrears have been obtained by local authorities in each financial year since 1989–90.

      Council Tax Arrears

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received from (a) local authorities, (b) members of the public and (c) other bodies on the number of people refusing to pay part or...

      Departmental Underspending

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to reduce his Department's underspend in 2003–04 from that of 2002–03.

      Hotel Accommodation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on hotel accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii)...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of people living in multi-storey blocks of flats in England.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will encourage housing associations operating in the same district to merge for reasons of management control; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what powers he has to investigate the management by a housing association of its properties; and what the procedures are for initiating such an investigation.

      Local Authority Construction Contracts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he has issued on steps to be taken by local authorities that have removed retentions to ensure that their first line contractors do not demand...

      Local Authority Construction Contracts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities (a) have removed retentions from their construction contracts and (b) intend to remove retentions from such contracts within the next 12...

      Local Authority Employees

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with local authority employees regarding their proposals to change the terms and conditions of local authority employer which would...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on plans his Department have to tighten planning controls on mobile phone masts in built-up areas.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister from which local authorities he has received representations on mobile phone masts since May 2002; and if he will make a statement.

      NDPBs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people sit on the boards of his Department's non-departmental public bodies in England; who is on more than one non-departmental public body, who they...

      NDPBs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many complaints concerning his Department's (a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) executive agencies have been received by the Parliamentary Ombudsman...

      NDPBs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much money his Department's non-departmental public bodies distributed (a) in the last financial year, (b) five years ago and (c) 10 years ago.

      NDPBs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which of his Department's advisory non-departmental public bodies the Government is required (a) to consult prior to legislative proposals and (b) to publish the...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many complaints concerning his Department have been received by the Parliamentary Ombudsman since May 2002; and how many complaints were upheld.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the length of time was between local inquiries being completed and the decision from the inspector and the determination by his Department in each case of...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether there is a requirement on a local authority to offer to the original owner (a) land and (b) property it has acquired for a development project which is...

      Public Sector Contracts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent developments there have been in the negotiations over the introduction of alternative dispute resolution methods into public sector contracts let by...

      Race Relations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made in his Department and non-departmental public bodies on implementing the requirements of the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000; and if...

      Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to commission a study into the use of referendums on government policies.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the costs of running an elected regional assembly will come out of the existing regional budget.

      Retail Outlets (Planning Consents)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to propose amendments to planning law to prevent retail outlets constructing mezzanine floors without planning permission; and if he will make a...

      Retail Outlets (Planning Consents)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research he has commissioned into the effect on the local economy and infrastructure of large retail outlets which have increased their floorspace through...

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what factors underlay his decision to extend the right to buy discount repayment period to five years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Canoeists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on the accessibility to rivers for canoeists; (2) what recent discussions she has had...

    • Departmental Employees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people are employed by her Department in (a) Taunton and (b) Somerset.

      GM Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of whether there is a need to test the safety of GM food in addition to the...

      GM Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) trials and (b) research (i) in the UK, (ii) in the USA and (iii) elsewhere on the health...

      GM Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence she has collated that consuming GM food is (a) safe and (b) unsafe; and if she will make a statement.

      Local Authority Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what grants have been made by her Department to local authorities for 2003–04 in England broken down by local...

      Low-wave Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact upon (a) whales and (b) dolphins in UK territorial waters of low-wave radar; and...

      Private Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to (a) receive and (b) publish W.S.Atkins' research into the scale and problems of private sewers; and if...

      Suckler Cow Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what efforts are being made to speed up the processing of suckler cow premium payments.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether an English region voting for an elected assembly will be given more money to spend by central government as a result.

    • Adjudicators

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to his answer of 18 June 2003, Official Report, column 274W, on adjudicators, if he will provide a breakdown by...

      Compensation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much money has been paid out in compensation in each year since the introduction of conditional fee arrangements.

      Constitutional Affairs Department

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to issue a White Paper on the legal and constitutional implications of the creation of the Department...

      Coroner's Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether Coroners will be appointed by the Judicial Appointments Commission.

      Creche Facilities

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on the crêche facilities available to the children of his Department's staff.

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the budget is for his Department for (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05.

      Departmental Title

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Constitutional Affairs, when the Lord Chancellor's Department will be renamed the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

      Ecclesiastical Appointments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many appointments to benefices and other ecclesiastical appointments are subject to the patronage of the Lord...

      Electoral Systems

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what timetable he proposes for consultation on the review of electoral systems; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Reshuffle

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many civil servants formerly employed in the (a) Wales and (b) Scotland offices will transfer to his Department; and...

      Government Reshuffle

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what his estimate is of the costs of (a) an Independent Appointments Commission for judges and (b) the (i) office and...

      House of Lords

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will bring forward proposals to exclude convicted criminals from membership of the House of Lords.

      Human Rights Act Cases

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the draft European Constitution for cases brought under the Human...

      Immigration Appeal Tribunal

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many Immigration Tribunals (a) he and (b) the Secretary of State has attended.

      Immigration Appeal Tribunal

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to establish a quality control mechanism to ensure that the decisions of adjudicators in paper-only...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Lord Chancellor issues criteria for decisions on the awarding of legal aid in civil cases.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment the Lord Chancellor has made of the need to review legal aid for personal injury claims where a provider...

      Lord Chancellor

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, who will be the head of the judiciary after abolition of the post of Lord Chancellor.

      Office for the Supervision of Solicitors

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps he is taking to secure an improvement in the effectiveness of the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors.

      Official Spelling

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make it her policy that official (a) correspondence, (b) reports and (c) documentation from her office uses the...

      Parliamentary Draftsman

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many officials, broken down by grade, are working on the draft of the new tri-service Bill which will replace the...

      Privy Council Judicial Committee

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council last met.

      Public Guardianship Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what key performance measures and targets have been set for the Public Guardianship Office Executive Agency for 2003–04.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Government plan to (a) adopt and (b) change the Lord Chancellor's Department Public Service Agreements; what...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on his Department's Regulatory Impact Assessment procedure; and how many RIAs have been...

      Sunset Clauses

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

      Supplementary Estimates

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans he has to bring forward supplementary estimates.

      Taylor House

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when he plans to visit Taylor House.

      Transfer of Functions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the Secretary of State will make the Transfer of Functions order between the functions of the Lord Chancellor's...

      Universities

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the duties attached to the Lord Chancellor's Office in respect of universities; and what changes have...

  • Lord Chancellor

  • Health

    • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people broken down by (a) gender and (b) age group were treated for abdominal aortic aneurysm in each of the past 10 years for which...

    • Accident Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the finding of the recent NAO report "A Safer Place to Work" that there is a significant disparity between the number of...

      Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals (Maternity Unit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date the Directorate of Health and Social Care South was first informed that a locum consultant at the maternity unit of the Ashford and St....

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to local authorities about the use of section 20 of the Children Act 1989 in relation to unaccompanied children seeking asylum.

      Buprenorphine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will undertake a study in other European countries of the outcomes of drug treatment regimes which rely mainly upon opioid substitution treatment...

      Buprenorphine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requests for information, advice or assistance he has made to countries where best practice for the treatment of opioid dependency relies on...

      Cancer Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will provide a breakdown of the amount received by different services of the funding under the Cancer Plan; (2) how much money each...

      Cardiac Surgeons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to amend the system of star rating for cardiac surgeons to reflect risk-adjusted mortality rates.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with Hampshire county council about the funding of their plans to provide residential and nursing home beds for the elderly.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities have applied to the Department for capital resources to enable them to provide additional nursing and residential home beds for...

      CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what special conditions attach to the burial of persons who have died from CJD.

      Claims Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to speed up the process of settling claims against the NHS.

      Claims Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the findings of resolve, the pilot study on out of court settlements of claims in the NHS.

      Claims Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the use of out of court settlements to resolve claims against the NHS.

      Contingency Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the involvement of the NHS with Civil Contingency Reaction Forces.

      Delayed Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used to determine what constitutes delayed transfer of care patients in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk, (c) Cambridgeshire and (d) Essex in...

      Departmental Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Ministers there were in his Department in each year since 1996.

      Diagnostic and Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what conditions he will include in the contracts for management boards of diagnostic and treatment centres relating to the quality of care for patients.

      Donor Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures have been taken since 1997 to increase the numbers of people with donor cards; and if he will make a statement on the role of donors within...

      Dr.Visnjevac (Chichester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Directorate of Health and Social Care South was first informed that Dr Visnjevac was working at a hospital in Chichester; and by whom.

      Drug Addiction Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs are permitted to prescribe (a) heroin and (b) methadone.

      Drug Rehabilitation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many drug rehabilitation centres there were in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002; what funding they received; and what measures have been taken since 1997 to...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support is provided by the NHS to voluntary drug support groups.

      Eczema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people suffered from atopic eczema in each year since 1997.

      Ethnic Minority Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ethnic minority consultants and associated specialists have been suspended by hospital trusts in each of the past five years, broken down by...

      EU Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many regulations originating from the EU have been implemented by his Department over each of the last five years.

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason (a) boron, (b) silicon and (c) sulphur have been omitted from the list of permitted nutrients for use in food supplements after July 2005...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received about the method of handling by the Food Standards Agency press office of the publication of the recent report...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he plans to take to secure the addition to the schedules to the Food Supplements (England) Regulations prior to July 2005 of each nutrient or...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those minerals which are permitted for sale on the UK market but which are omitted from the list of nutrients permitted for use in food...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will undertake a view of the recommendations put forward in the Report by the Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals on the EU Food Supplements...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have died as a result of (a) boron, (b) sulphur and (c) silicon poisoning from food supplements in each of the last 10 years for which...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further steps he is taking to amend the draft Directive on food supplements to preserve choice for UK consumers.

      Funeral Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he has received from the funeral industry about the possibility of infection from the handling of infected bodies where proper...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners working in (a) Bury St. Edmunds, (b) Suffolk, (c) Norfolk, (d) Essex and (e) Cambridgeshire are (i) under 40 years of age,...

      Health Checks (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what health checks have been made on children at (a) infant schools, (b) primary schools and (c) secondary schools in each strategic health authority in...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will collect comparative treatment rates for hepatitis C from health services of the developed world; and if he will make a statement; (2) if...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients suffering from florid hepatitis C are treated under National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he will take to reduce nosocomial transmission of hepatitis C.

      Hospital Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of infections with the bacteria Acinetobacter there were in the NHS in each year since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the NHS in 2002–03 of treating illnesses that were a result of substandard housing.

      In-vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from which (a) organisational bodies and (b) individuals he has recently received representations concerning the possibility of embryo selection through...

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes have been made to the forms of the bid for Inventures agreed in September 2002 by the preferred bidder consortium.

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what price has been secured by the sale in the Inventures disposal of (a) St. Margaret's Hospital, Epping, (b) Barnsley Vale land in Bromsgrove, (c)...

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is responsible for the final decision of the selection of the preferred bidder for Inventures in his department at (a) ministerial and (b) operational...

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what compensation will be paid to underbidders in the Inventures sale for costs incurred in (a) the bidding process and (b) subsequent legal action.

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why the decision was taken to sell the surplus NHS sites in a package as a whole.

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where the proceeds from the sale of Inventures and NHS properties will be remitted.

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria were used to determine which of the bids from the four consortia bidding in the Inventures sale were compliant with the bidding process;...

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who in Inventures (a) commissioned and (b) signed off valuations of the properties forming part of the surplus NHS site sales to be included in the...

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Chief Executive of Inventures spoke to each of the bidding consortia about the sale ahead of the announcement of the preferred bidder; what...

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost is of the National Audit Office inquiry into the Inventures sale.

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what legal costs have been incurred by his Department for work done by Beechcroft Wansbroughs in relation to the Inventures sale (a) before and (b) after...

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements there are for capping the cost of legal work by Beechcroft Wansbroughs in relation to the Inventures sale.

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the latest expected completion date is for the Inventures sale; and if he will place the details of the arrangements and valuations with the...

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis he decided to sell the surplus NHS estates properties outright to the preferred bidder Miller/HBOS.

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what valuation has been placed on the company Inventures without surplus NHS properties attached.

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outstanding (a) pension and (b) other liabilities of Inventures are; what the ownership structure of Inventures is; and whether the sale terms...

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Insignia Richard Ellis has carried out valuations of the properties forming part of the Inventures sale; and which sites have been valued more than once.

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been paid to Insignia Richard Ellis for its work in relation to the sale of surplus NHS properties as part of the Inventures sale.

      IT Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has provided to the South West IT procurement team for financial advice and expertise from Partnerships UK.

      IT Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on supporting and assessing the Shires Acute and Community Hospital EPR Procurement Programme.

      Local Election Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has given to primary care trusts about the timing of consultations on changes to services during local council election campaigns; and if...

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 9 June 2003, Official Report, column 688W, on long-term care, what plans he has to issue new continuing care guidance to local...

      Lung Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the provision of pulmonary rehabilitation to lung patients in England; (2) if he will provide secure funding for...

      Measles and Mumps Vaccines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is in respect of the granting of licences for the distribution of single measles and mumps vaccines; (2) if he will take measures...

      Medical Accidents/Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the way in which the NHS handles compensation after a medical accident; and when the Chief Medical Officer's report into clinical...

      Men's Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the changes in obesity levels in men over the last five years in (a) the UK and (b) the West Midlands.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase access to occupational health for those suffering from mental health problems.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were treated for mental health problems in each primary care trust in 2002.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list (a) organisations and (b) individuals who have responded to the consultation exercise on the draft Mental Health Bill.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with the Programme Management Committee's study on risks from mobile phone masts to people's health.

      Myalgic Encephalopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consultations have taken place with the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on the Donaldson Report on ME; (2) what consultations have...

      Neonatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding was available for (a) capital and (b) running costs for neonatal intensive care services in the last two years; and what funding will...

      Neurology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many neurology training places leading to consultant posts were available in England in each of the last five years.

      NHS Pay Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pay beds there are within each individual NHS hospital; who makes the decision about the number of pay beds in each hospital; and if he will make...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) hospital consultants in the NHS and (b) in England were aged (i) under 30, (ii) 30–40, (iii) 40–50, (iv) 50–60 and (v) over...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole-time-equivalent (a) general practitioners, excluding GP retainers and registrars and (b) hospital consultants there were per 100,000...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many junior doctors there were in (a) South Tyneside, (b) the North East and (c) the UK in each year since 1997.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each NHS trust how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses there were six years ago; and how many there are now.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps are being taken to reduce (a) incidences of violence to staff, (b) accidents to staff and (c) levels of sickness absence in the NHS; and...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses employed in the NHS have refugee status.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole time equivalent nurses there were, and how many there were per 100,000 population in the NHS in (a) England and (b) each region in each...

      NHS Trust Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been given to Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust since May 1997.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government has to establish a national obesity strategy.

      Organ Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to make organ donation compulsory; and what assessment has been made as to whether this would affect organ trafficking.

      Organ Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place for medical staff to follow when approaching relatives of the recently deceased to request permission to use organs.

      Organ Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has to make organ donation easier; and whether there are circumstances where organs may be taken from the recently deceased without the...

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) young and (b) old sufferers of osteoporosis there are; what programmes there are to target the condition; what funding is allocated to such...

      Overseas Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients who have been treated for joint replacement in continental hospitals have received follow-up consultation by staff in the United...

      Pharmacies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to make a progress report with regard to his response to the OFT's recommendations on pharmacy contract limitation.

      Physical Activity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 3 June 2003, Official Report, column 82W, on physical activity, if he will list the programmes supported by the £710,000...

      Physical Activity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 3 June 2003, Official Report, columns 83–84W, on physical activity, if he will publish the report of the South East Public...

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many physiotherapists who qualified in the last five years in (a) England, (b) Suffolk, (c) Norfolk, (d) Cambridgeshire and (e) Essex have since left...

      Target Funding Allocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 13 May 2003, Official Report, column 234W, on Target Funding Allocations, if he will list the additional allocation in...

      Private Hospital Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many main operations were carried out during 2002 in private hospitals under contract to the NHS; and how many of them were performed by surgeons who...

      Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many district general hospitals offer pulmonary rehabilitation services; and whether it is his policy to extend and fund the pulmonary rehabilitation...

      Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when pulmonary rehabilitation will be available to lung patients in all parts of the country.

      Purley Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the population is of the catchment area of the proposed new Purley Hospital.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for the start of radiotherapy following diagnosis for cancer patients in each hospital trust in England; and what the...

      Rainbows Children's Hospice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received about funding for the Rainbows Children's Hospice; and if he will make a statement.

      Recruitment Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list the targets set by the Government since 1997 to increase the number of (a) nurses, (b) consultants and (c) general practitioners in...

      Reservist Medical Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the impact has been on the NHS to date of the compulsory mobilisation of reserve forces medical personnel for service in the Gulf.

      Self-Diagnosis Kits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has to make available self-diagnosis kits on the high street for selected conditions that are easy to test for; and what assessment has...

      Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 14 May 2003, Official Report, column 321W, on severe acute respiratory syndrome, whether the World Health Organisation has...

      Sharp Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many needlestick and sharp injuries there were (a) in hospitals in the Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency and (b) in NHS trusts in...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the effectiveness of recent anti-smoking initiatives.

      St. George's Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the persons appointed to St. George's Hospital Trust who live within the London borough of Wandsworth.

      Staffing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) planned and (b) actual staffing levels were in each NHS trust in the last year, in terms of (i) whole-time equivalent budgeted hours and (ii)...

      Trust Chief Executives (Salaries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many chief executives of NHS trusts have refused to reveal their salaries; and if he will make a statement.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nosocomial cases of tuberculosis there were in England in each year since 1997; and which cases were resistant to antibiotics.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) tuberculosis and (b) drug resistant tuberculosis there have been in each region in each year since 1997; and how many deaths resulted.

      Vitamins and Minerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the recommended daily consumption of vitamin B6; and how many adverse reactions to vitamin B6 have been reported since 1997.

      Vitamins and Minerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the chemical sources of vitamins and minerals permitted for sale on the UK market but which are omitted from the list of nutrients...

      Vitamins and Minerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which of the publications listed on page 92 and discussed on pages 85 to 89 of the report, Safe Upper Levels for Vitamins and Minerals, by the expert...

  • House of Lords

    • House of Lords: Sittings in Session 2001–02

      asked the Chairman of Committees: For how many hours the House sat in total in Session 2001–02; and for how many of these hours the House was in Committee.

    • Westminster Hall: Roof Restoration

      asked the Chairman of Committees: When the last major restoration of Westminster Hall roof took place; how much it cost; who was the architect in charge; and who were the main contractors.

      Northern Ireland Office: Questions for Written Answer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 15 January (WA 49–50) concerning Parliamentary Questions answered by the Northern Ireland Office,...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 3 June (WA 138) concerning implementation bodies, whether the exchange of notes with the Government of...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 3 June (WA 139) concerning proportionality of funding for 2003 agreed by Finance Ministers North and South...

      North/South Ministerial Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 3 June (WA 138) concerning arrangements to replace the North/South Ministerial Council meetings, whether...

      North/South Ministerial Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 14 January (WA 28) concerning the North/South Ministerial Council, whether they can demonstrate that all...

      North/South Ministerial Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken in consultation with the advisers to the right honourable David Trimble MP and to Mr Mark Durkan, to ensure that decision making by the...

      Action Mental Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they made a contribution to the salary of the chief executive of Action Mental Health in Northern Ireland; and, if so, what proportion of the total salary...

      Prison Population

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their plans for reducing the size of the prison population in England and Wales

      Prison Population

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their plans to meet any gap between the capacity of Her Majesty's prisons to detain inmates in humane and acceptable conditions and any rise in the prison...

      International Criminal Court: Exemptions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their policy as a member of the United Nations Security Council that the exemption for United Kingdom peacekeepers from prosecution by the...

      Russia: Religious Discrimination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their conversations arising from the visit of President Putin to Great Britain will include issues of discrimination in Russia against Churches and faiths...

      Sudan: Attacks Against Civilians

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the report of recent attacks against civilians by Government of Sudan-backed forces in 10 villages in Longochok Eastern Upper Nile; and...

      Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the lines of political and operational responsibility of the European Union military force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations...

      Convention on the Future of Europe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they continue to maintain that the draft European Constitution represents a "tidying-up exercise" of existing measures.

      Guantanamo Bay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the British captives held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were last visited by: (a) British representatives; and (b) the International Committee of the Red Cross;...

      Guantanamo Bay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many British citizens, or former residents, are still held captive at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; whether any have been released or have received release or trial...

      Rape and Sexual Assault: British Citizens Travelling Overseas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they provide for British citizens travelling overseas on rape and sexual assault while abroad.

      Armenia: Arms Embargo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any goods subject to the OSCE arms embargo have recently been approved for export to Armenia.

      Montserrat: Medical Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the scheme for specialist medical care for patients with life-threatening conditions in the United Kingdom Overseas Territory of Montserrat, for whom...

      Montserrat: Medical Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many patients with life-threatening conditions in the United Kingdom Overseas Territory of Montserrat, for whom appropriate medical care is not available on...

      Montserrat: CARICOM and OECS

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their position on the membership of Montserrat and other British Overseas Territories of the CARICOM and OECS regional organisations.

      Montserrat: Repayment of Loans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they would consider a request by the Government of Montserrat for help with the repayment of loans owed by the Montserrat Development Bank for port...

      Montserrat: Pensions Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people entitled to retirement pensions from the Pensions and Overseas Benefit Directorate of the Department for Work and Pensions reside in the United...

      Montserrat: Pensions Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultation the Department for Work and Pensions has had with agencies in Montserrat regarding complaints of late payment of pensions to people residing in...

      Montserrat: Pensions Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Work and Pensions has taken or is now considering any action to avoid late payment of pension entitlements to people residing in Montserrat.

      Benefit Sanctions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence they have on whether the imposition of benefit sanctions has had any adverse effect on the ability to meet the costs of actively seeking work; and...

      Ministry of Defence: Questions for Written Answer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have not yet answered Questions for Written Answer HL2807, HL2808, HL2809 and HL2810, tabled on 9 May; and when they expect to be able to do so.

      Iraq: United States Internment Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Where the United States internment facility or facilities in Iraq are situated; and how many prisoners are detained in each.

      Iraq: Prisoners Captured by British Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners in total have been captured by British forces in Iraq and transferred to a United States internment facility; and, of that total, how many have...

      Iraq: Prisoners Captured by British Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all prisoners captured by British forces in Iraq are, in their view, prisoners of war.

      Iraq: Prisoners Captured by British Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any prisoners held in Iraq are considered to be "enemy combatants" rather than prisoners of war.

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Eurofighter Typhoon is expected to be accepted for introduction into service with the Royal Air Force.

      Food Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent meetings Ministers have had with representatives of the Health Food Manufacturers' Association to discuss the Food Supplements Directive; what issues...

      Food Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which minerals currently permitted for sale in the United Kingdom are omitted from the list of nutrients permitted for use in food supplements under the provisions...

      Food Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which chemical sources of vitamins and minerals currently permitted for sale in the United Kingdom are omitted from the list of nutrients permitted for use in food...

      Food Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to consider further the reasons why the Report of the Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals produced recommendations in relation to several...

      Food Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What specific actions they intend to take to promote to the European Commission, other European Union Member States and the European Food Standards Agency their...

      Food Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that Article 5 of the Food Supplements Directive is interpreted in such a way as to ensure that maximum permitted levels for...

      Food Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration was given by the Food Standards Agency to the submission of Consumers for Health Choice on the Draft Food Supplements (England) Regulations; and...

      Food Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they share the view of Food Standards Agency officials expressed at a meeting with industry representatives and the Minister for Public Health on 9 June...

      NHS: "University Hospitals"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What criteria and what facilities and functions are necessary to enable any National Health Service hospital to assume the title of "University Hospital".

      NHS: Healthcare Audit and Inspection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list all the government bodies which have a role in: (a) inspecting hospitals and care homes and investigating patient standards and complaints;...

      NHS Commissioning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have received from primary care trusts and strategic health authorities regarding the formation of consortia for purchasing specialised...

      EU Directive on Good Clinical Practice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their current plans and timescale for implementing the European Union Directive on Good Clinical Practice.

      Clinical Negligence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the Chief Medical Officer's report into clinical negligence.

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