Written answers

Thursday, 10 July 2003

  • Transport

    • Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make a statement on the means by which (a) black cab drivers and (b) private hire taxi drivers can prevent passengers from smoking in...

    • Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he gives to the Civil Aviation Authority regarding air traffic control delays.

      Airports Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to assess the research submitted by BAA on air quality as part of the consultation into the future of air transport in...

      Congestion Charge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on the impact of the London congestion charge.

      Connex South Eastern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the removal of the rail franchise from Connex South Eastern.

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the consultation documents issued by his Department in each of the last four years; what the cost was of producing each of these; how...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of residents in London who would be affected by increased noise levels if a third runway was...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he expects new areas of Hammersmith and Fulham to be affected by the construction of a third runway at Heathrow airport.

      Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what policies (a) initiated and (b) managed by his Department since 2001 have had an impact on Pendle; and if he will make a statement.

      Ports Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the conclusions are of his review of the arrangements for ports police in England and Wales.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures are being taken to ensure that private contractors meet safety standards on rail maintenance.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve public transport links between London and Chesham and Amersham.

      Scottish Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has (a) received from and (b) made to the Scottish Executive concerning the imposition of public service obligations at...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the navigation costs imposed on shipping using the English Channel. [R]

  • Trade and Industry

    • Advantage West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much Objective Two and Three European funding Advantage West Midlands has (a) applied for and (b) received in each financial year since...

    • Advantage West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the grant-in-aid spending by Advantage West Midlands was in each financial year since its inception; how much was spent on projects in...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the possible use of the Government's golden share in respect of a takeover bid being made for BAE Systems.

      BCCI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the liquidators of BCCI envisage distributing the global fund balance; and how much the balance is.

      BCCI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the weekly costs of the BCCI liquidation are; and what reduction in the level of weekly costs of the global liquidation is envisaged.

      Business Incubation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Department's progress with implementing the Business Incubation Fund.

      Consumer Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what additional measures she intends to provide for consumer protection work.

      Estate Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what procedures there are for the payment of compensation to victims of malpractice by estate agents.

      Estate Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many complaints have been made to the Director General of Fair Trading concerning the conduct of estate agents in each year since 1997;...

      Estate Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her Department has undertaken a review of the provisions of the Estate Agents Act 1979 since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the names, titles and grades of the officials who sit on the EU advisory committee on the labelling of household appliances,...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received on the operation of the law relating to flexible working hours, with special reference to claims against...

      Heating Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures her Department is taking to ensure the training of heating engineers and gas fitters to facilitate a higher take-up of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she is seeking repayment of the Export Credit Guarantees Department unrecovered claims from Iraq; and whether she has notified the...

      Landfill Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what cost benefit analyses her Department has undertaken to identify the net effect on total (a) employment and (b) economic activity in the...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what plans the Government has to increase the national minimum wage; (2) what plans the Government has to extend the national minimum...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what she estimates the financial cost to UK business would be if 16 and 17-year-olds received the same level of minimum wage as those 18 and above.

      Post Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received about the proposed replacement of signs on post boxes with ones that do not indicate whether the last...

      Post Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what she estimates the cost will be of the replacement by the Royal Mail of the information signs on post boxes brought about by the...

      Post Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what changes the Post Office has made to the number of collections from post boxes each day in the past two years.

      Rail Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the cost to business of the change in performance of the national railway network since 1999; and if she will...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she is taking to increase research and development in the manufacturing sector.

      Solar/Clear Skies Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the uptake of (a) the DTI solar fund and (b) the clear skies fund since their introduction.

      Solar/Clear Skies Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to extend the scope of the (a) DTI solar fund and (b) the clear skies fund.

      Trade Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government has taken to secure (a) fairness, (b) transparency and (c) democracy in the application of trade rules.

      Trade Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many of the members of the World Trade Organisation are from developing countries; and how many developing countries are seeking to join...

      UK Online

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which wards and programmes within Sefton have benefited from UK Online; and if she will make a statement.

  • Education and Skills

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 12 June 2003, Official Report, column 1067W, on asbestos, if he will list the buildings which have been identified...

    • Basic Educational Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) men and (b) women in (i) the UK and (ii) Sefton lack basic (1) reading, (2) writing and (3) mathematics skills.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what responsibilities his Department undertakes in connection with British Overseas Territories.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has made to Ofsted about their instructions to inspectors of nurseries and childminders to keep to a quota of 10 per...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list (a) the names, titles and grades of the officials who sit on the EU advisory committee on vocational training, (b) the...

      Examination Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of students gained five A*-C grades (a) excluding and (b) including GNVQ results in each year between 1995 and 2002; and if...

      Key Stage 2 Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Level 4 pass mark was for the Key Stage Two tests in (a) English and (b) Mathematics in each year from 1997 to 2002; and if he will...

      Key Stage 3 Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Level 4 pass mark for Key Stage 3 tests in (a) English and (b) mathematics was in each year since 1997.

      School Buildings (The Wrekin)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on (a) development and (b) repair of school buildings in The Wrekin in each year since 1997.

      School Rolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to reform the method of calculation for projected school rolls to include estimated migration as well as birth rate.

      School Rolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the implications of migration in the calculation of predicted school rolls.

      Statistics (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people resident in the London Borough of Wandsworth are (a) further and (b) higher education students.

      Student Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 7 July, ref 122817, on recruitment of students, from which geographical areas funds will be distributed to higher...

      Teenage Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what he is doing to improve the education and information available to teenagers in state funded schools with regard to (a) sexually...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of people in (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire completing a vocational training course have obtained...

      Young People Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of 16 to 18-year-olds were not in education, employment or training in each year since 1997.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Carbon Savings (Micro CHP)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role she expects micro CHP to play up to 2010 in achieving the planned carbon savings.

    • Emissions (Sellafield)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures the Government are taking to reduce emissions of radioactive waste from the Sellafield plant; what levels of...

      Agricultural Waste Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the Agricultural Waste Regulations to come into operation.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to enable consumers to identify food produced under high animal welfare standards.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 18 June 2003, Official Report, column 286W, on asbestos, if she will list the buildings which have...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the Government meeting their target of halting the decline in biodiversity by 2010; and what...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responsibilities her Department undertakes in connection with British Overseas Territories.

      Ceramics Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from the ceramics industry concerning the Water Bill; and if she will make a statement.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government has for further reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how she estimates the UK's contribution to the CAP will be affected by the accession of 10 new EU members.

      Council of Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions since May 1997 the Department abstained in the Council of Ministers on a legislative proposal which was...

      Council of Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions since May 1997 the Department has been outvoted by qualified majority voting in the Council of...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials in the Department serve on EU committees or working parties.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list (a) the names, titles and grades of the officials who sit on the EU committee for the implementation of...

      EU Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulations originating from the EU have been implemented by the Department over the last five years.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list (a) the names, titles and grades of the officials who sit on the EU committee for the fisheries and...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions she has had with biotech companies about liability in circumstances where genetically modified...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the antibiotics to which marker genes used in the production of genetically modified crops convey...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many completed feedback forms have been received from the GM Nation website.

      Graffiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with representatives of the statutory undertakers about graffiti on their street...

      Household Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on Government plans to investigate options for charging schemes for household waste with (a) the...

      Household Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of barriers in terms of regulatory control to an increase in the composting of household waste.

      Household Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the latest figures are for the proportion of organic household waste composted (a) in England and (b) in the North East;...

      Kyoto Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports she has received from the United Nations on the UK's performance in meeting its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol.

      Livestock Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many livestock farms there are in England.

      Maritime Radioactive Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what progress has been made towards reducing levels of radioactive discharges and of additional contamination in the...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of her staff retired on medical grounds due to mental health problems in the last year.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of her staff have taken sick leave due to mental health problems in the last year.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many sick days were lost over the last year by her Department through staff mental health problems.

      Mercury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to assess the health impacts of mercury emissions into the environment (a) generally and (b) from...

      Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Environment Agency's policy is towards (a) supporting open-cast coal planning applications and (b) supporting...

      Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Environment Agency's policy is towards supporting open-cast coal planning applications on land which they own that...

      Real Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authority posts of Real Nappy Project Development Officers there are.

      Occidental Jetty, Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the owners of the Occidental Jetty on Canvey Island and (b) others on possible future...

      Organophosphates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the last research sponsored by her Department into the toxicity of organophosphate sheep dips and their likely (a)...

      Ospreys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will investigate the reports she has received that ospreys have been shot and their nest site destroyed in the area...

      Private Marinas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the acquisition by British Waterways of privately owned marinas.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the number of local authorities that are meeting their targets for recycling; and if...

      Scallop Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has (a) received from and (b) made to the Scottish Executive concerning bans on scallop fishing in...

      Sharks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with EU Ministers about the killing of sharks; what proposals there are to change EU policy; and...

      Soil Improver

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with officers from the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority regarding their soil improver...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made in examining whether there is a link between gas emissions from landfill and hazardous waste...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Municipal Waste Management Statistics 2001–02 will be published.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government has taken to improve waste management.

      Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Environment Agency in respect of water abstraction guidance.

      Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the potential conflict of interest between British Waterways' responsibilities as a regulator and its...

      Wildlife Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans she has to publish guidance on establishing a common approach to managing local wildlife sites; (2) what...

      Wildlife Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local wildlife sites are managed by the wildlife trusts; what funding her Department gives to the wildlife trusts...

  • Treasury

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the financial incentives necessary to achieve (a) 2 per cent. take-up by the end of 2005 and (b) 5.75 per cent. take-up by...

    • Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a consultative document outlining a range of different options for future income tax policies.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the impact on the level of income tax of a transfer of all changes in the total level of taxation since 1997 to income tax.

      Pensioner Living Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he will take to improve the living standards of pensioners.

      Small Business Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of rises in taxation since 1997 on small businesses.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of an increase in the number of fixed rate mortgages on economic management.

      New Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of the windfall tax on privatised utilities to fund the New Deal.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on current employment levels and their impact on the economy.

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the progress being made by the Penrose inquiry into Equitable Life.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 10 June 2003, Official Report, columns 746–47W, on council tax, what the council tax was as a percentage of gross income for...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library his analysis of the constitutional implications of replacing the pound sterling with the euro.

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the total monthly cost to the UK of (a) civil and (b) military operations in Iraq.

      Taxes and Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which taxes were the main component elements of the (a) other indirect taxes and (b) other intermediate taxes described in the document "The effects of...

      Trade Union Representatives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what protection is afforded to people among his staff who are trade union representatives, with particular regard to (a) pay and conditions and (b) promotion.

  • Prime Minister

    • Hospitality (Tobacco Companies)

      To ask the Prime Minister what hospitality he has accepted from senior executive officers of tobacco companies and from major shareholders in those companies since January 2000.

    • European Constitution

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on whether any of the provisions of the proposed new constitutional treaty presented to the Inter-Governmental Conference cannot be amended...

      Foreign Decorations

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to paragraph 86 of the Ministerial Code of Conduct, (a) how many Ministers have accepted decorations from foreign countries since 1 May 1997; (b) if he will...

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his discussions on the aircraft carrier contract with BAE Systems and Thales.

    • Armed Forces (Maintenance Payments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors underlie the length of time taken between the deduction of maintenance payments from service personnel's wages and its subsequent payment to...

      Civil Contingency Reaction Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when each of the Civil Contingency Reaction Forces will be operational.

      Council of Ministers

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

      Defence Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 20 June 2003, Official Report, column 510W, on defence procurement, what assessment he has made of the ability of his...

      Eurofighter/Typhoon Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimated additional cost to the Euro fighter/Typhoon programme is attributable to the delays to that programme.

      Eurofighter/Typhoon Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Typhoon aircraft will be procured; when they will all have come into service; what their combat role will be; and how this has changed since...

      Eurofighter/Typhoon Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Typhoon fighter aircraft will be adaptable for use in the Future Aircraft Carriers.

      Food Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where apples consumed by the armed forces are produced.

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether under the proposed Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft PFI (a) the contractor and (b) his Department will be responsible for war damage.

      FV430 Armoured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many FV430 series armoured vehicles are operational with the Army; and what the (a) oldest and (b) youngest FV430 vehicle in service is.

      Gulf War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the accuracy was of bombs dropped in the Gulf War.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contribution the UK is making towards the re-establishment of the Iraqi armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether additional troops will be sent to Iraq for peacekeeping operations.

      Less-than-lethal Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) political control provisions and (b) ethical guidelines are in place for public sector bodies and their subcontractors who are testing and...

      Medical Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the number of bombs dropped on Iraq by British forces during the recent conflict which hit their intended target; and if...

      Multi-role Armoured Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government's policy is on the MRAV programme; and what variants of the type he intends to procure.

      Nimrod

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the proposed job losses due to the halting of the production phase of the Nimrod and the impact on the retention of...

      Nuclear Deterrence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of nuclear deterrence policy, with special reference to Rolls Royce Marine Power Operations Ltd.'s...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will reply to the question 119684 ;and if he will state the reasons for the delay.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 25 June 2003, Official Report, column 878W, on procurement, which ships are to be fitted with the ordered ship systems; what...

      Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what quantities of radioactive material he has held in each year from 1997, broken down by (a) high level, (b) intermediate level and (c) low level material.

      RAF Fairford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the lease arrangements between the British and US Governments over the use of RAF Fairford.

      RAF Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to apply to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for a licence to develop the Princess Mary hospital building, RAF Halton.

      RAF Lyneham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the maintenance budget for RAF Lyneham was in each year since 1993; and by how much that differed from the spending bid received for the base;...

      Resettlement Training Centre (Aldershot)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of running the Resettlement Training Centre at Aldershot in 2002–03; what the value was of the contract awarded to (a) Couts and...

      Royal Anglian Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 23 June 2003, Official Report, column 535W, on regiment vacancies, if he will reinstate the Third Battalion of the Royal...

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Royal Naval vessels have been brought into service since 2000; how many of them have engaged in active deployments; and what capability they...

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) the role of the Royal Navy since 2000 and how it has changed since 1997 and (b) the progress made in achieving the...

      Service Accommodation (Colchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the timetable to upgrade dwellings at Colchester Garrison is on schedule; and if he will make a statement.

      Service Accommodation (Colchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the remaining stock of dwellings at Colchester Garrison is sufficient to meet the housing demand for military personnel; (2) what plans he...

      Staff Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff the Department and each agency and non-departmental public body for which the Department is responsible had in each year since 1997; and...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the (a) type and (b) number of vehicles necessary to transport (i) 360 tonnes of bulk chemical warfare agents, (ii) 3,000...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Private Office Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the running costs have been of Ministers' private offices in her Department in each year since 1997.

    • Telecommunication Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many planning applications have been made to site mobile telecommunications masts on land owned by the Department.

      UK Sports Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Department has spent on the UK Sports Institute in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion of that funding has been...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Consultation Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the consultation documents issued by his Department in each of the last four years; what the cost was of producing each of...

    • Cultural Diversity Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) programmes and (b) projects have been supported by the Cultural Diversity Branch in each year since it was set up.

      Housing Construction (Belfast)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when work will start on construction of housing on the site of the former Somerdale School in Belfast.

      MOT Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 30 June 2003, Official Report, column 98W, on MOT tests, what proportion of vehicle test failures were due to brake...

      Northern Ireland Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many contractors had money withheld by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in each year since 1997 because of poor or sub-standard work.

      Presidential Visit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which agencies and Departments bore the costs associated with President Bush's visit to Northern Ireland.

      River Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of pollution there were in each river in Northern Ireland in (a) 2002, (b) 2001 and (c) 2000, broken down by (i) industrial,...

      Road Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vehicles on the roads of Northern Ireland are estimated not to have road tax paid on them; and what assessment he has made of how this...

      School Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the physical condition of accommodation of schools in North Belfast.

      Schools (Capital Expenditure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the level of capital expenditure on schools was in the last two financial years.

      South Eastern Education and Library Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps (a) to ensure that the South Eastern Education and Library Board carries out a suitable scheme of upgrading and securing...

      Student Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he will take to ensure increased levels of financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds; and if he will make a statement.

      Telecommunication Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many telecommunication masts have been erected within Northern Ireland in the last 10 years, broken down by council area; and how many acts...

  • Scotland

    • Administrative Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the administrative costs were of the Scotland Office as a percentage of total spending since 1999.

    • Advertising

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

      Agency Workers

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

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what actions her Department is taking to comply with the requirements of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002; whether she has made an...

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the actions she (a) has taken and (b) is taking to ensure that the websites of her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public...

      Dunblane Tragedy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost was of the Cullen inquiry into the Dunblane tragedy; how long it lasted; and how many days it sat in public.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many officials in the Department serve on EU committees or working parties.

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department's (a) total managed expenditure (b) total spending on information technology and (c) spending on information technology as a...

      Market Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the estimated level of saving to the Department is from the use of market testing in 2002–03.

      Media Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost was to his Department of media and voice training for Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the estimated cost is in 2003–04 to his Department, agencies and the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible of the...

      Official Spelling

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

      Property Portfolio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the estimated value is of the property portfolio held by his Department.

      Race Relations

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

      Scotland Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the estimated (a) administrative costs and (b) budget for the Scotland Office are for 2003–04; and how these have changed following the...

      Speech Writers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much the Scotland Office has spent on external speech writers for the Secretary of State in the last 12 months.

      Staff Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff the Department and each agency and non-departmental public body for which the Department is responsible had in each year since 1997; and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Command Paper Cm 5511

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will update Box 26 of Cm 5511 to include 2002.

    • EU Committees

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many officials in the Department serve on EU committees or working parties.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Council of Ministers

      To ask the Solicitor-General on how many occasions since May 1997 the Department's vote in the Council of Ministers against a legislative proposal (a) was sufficient and (b) was not sufficient to...

    • Council of Ministers

      To ask the Solicitor-General on how many occasions since May 1997 the Department (1) abstained in the Council of Ministers on a legislative proposal which was passed by qualified majority...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the cost was to her Department for (a) ministerial cars and drivers, (b) taxis, (c) train travel, (d) the use of helicopters, (e) airline tickets and (f)...

      Guantanamo Bay (UK Detainees)

      To ask the Solicitor-General what role the Attorney-General has in ensuring that the UK nationals detained in Guantanamo Bay receive a fair trial; and if he will exercise extradition rights in...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the cost was to her Department of mobile phones supplied to Ministers and officials in each of the years since 1997, broken down by (a) price of apparatus and...

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will list the performance targets that (a) her Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet; and if she will specify...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Anti-Social Behaviour Orders have been issued since their introduction.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures his Department has taken to widen the NIA grants available to destitute asylum seekers in order to ease removal procedures.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to reinstate embarkation controls at UK borders in order to facilitate the assessment of members of failed asylum seekers...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what enquiries he has made of local estate agents at Lee-on-the-Solent concerning the impact on house prices of the announcement that the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will assess the impact of the implementation of section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 on his policy of...

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on CCTV programmes administered by the Government Office for the North West.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the money being invested in new refuge accommodation over the next three years will be made available in Northern Ireland...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in the Department serve on EU committees or working parties.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were killed by a firearm in (a) the UK and (b) Sefton in each of the past 10 years.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices were issued in each police authority area for offences in connection with fireworks in each of the last 12...

      Gun Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are being taken to reduce the incidence of gun crime across the UK.

      Knife Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knife attacks were reported in (a) the UK and (b) Sefton in each of the past 10 years; and how many of these attacks were fatal.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the number of days on average it takes to (a) process a new passport application by post and (b) renew a...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers per head of population were employed in Cornwall in each of the last 10 years.

      Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes he has made to the structure of policing to improve responsiveness in the event of a serious terrorist incident; and if he will...

      Sefton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which wards and programmes within Sefton have benefited from (a) CCTV programmes, (b) the target policing initiative and (c) violence against...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Running Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the running costs in 2002 were of (a) his Ministers' private offices, separately identifying expenditure on staff, and (b) his Department.

    • Private Office Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what have been the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department in each year since 1997.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to meet Secretaries of the National Assembly for Wales to discuss student funding.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Dioceses (Financial Performance)

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners pursuant to his answer of 7 July 2003, Official Report, column 585W, on the financial performance of dioceses,...

    • Dioceses' Income

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what proportion of each diocese's income is represented by payments made by the Church Commissioners.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much attendance allowance has been withheld from pensioners in self-funded care homes in Scotland since the introduction of free personal...

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what responsibilities his Department undertakes in connection with British overseas territories.

      British Sign Language Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of the funding for British Sign Language initiatives has been allocated to Northern Ireland.

      Carers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people over the state retirement age have (a) applied for and (b) received the full carer's allowance since October 2002; (2)...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what review and evaluation strategies his Department uses to monitor the work of the Child Support Agency in ensuring that those who refuse to...

      Council of Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions since May 1997 the Department's vote in the Council of Ministers against a legislative proposal (a) was and (b) was not...

      Council of Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions since May 1997 the Department abstained in the Council of Ministers on a legislative proposal which was passed by...

      Council of Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions since May 1997 the Department has been outvoted by qualified majority voting in the Council of Ministers broken down by...

      Council of Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions since May 1997 the Department indicated dissent from a proposal in the Council of Ministers but did not register a vote...

      EU Regulations

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

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the titles of the guidance books produced by the Health and Safety Executive since February 2002; and if he will make a statement.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the effect of amendments agreed in the European Parliament on occupational pensions; and whether these...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the written questions tabled by the hon. Member for Edinburgh, West on 16 June 2003, refs: 270, 273 and 274, and on 18...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his oral answer of 7 July 2003, Official Report, columns 735–36, on pension credit reassessments, what will constitute a...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 22 May 2003 from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan, Home Office ref PO 9133/3.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letters of 19 June 2003 from the hon. Member for Bradford, North regarding M. B. Dhaka, refs: (a)...

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the prospects for an all-inclusive ceasefire in Burundi.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the six provinces of Afghanistan for which the UK has responsibility for provincial reconstruction.

      Botswana

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with representatives of the Government of Botswana on the forced removal of tribal peoples from...

      Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the proposals from the executive of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association on partnerships...

      Croatia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the accession of Croatia to the EU.

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Cuba regarding the cases of (a) Dr. Biscet and (b) J. C. G. Leiva.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect on Turkey's application for status as an EU candidate member of (a)...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on seeking the extradition of British citizens in occupied Cyprus who are wanted by the British police. [R]

      Diplomatic Posts (UK Products)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the policy is of his Department regarding the use of goods and products manufactured in the UK by overseas embassies and...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the incorporation of the Fundamental Charter for Human Rights into the European Constitution.

      Foreign Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the foreign visits he has made since 1 April 2003; what the dates were; whom he met; what the cost to public...

      Gripen Jets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department first received allegations of corrupt practice by BAE Systems regarding the supply of a package of Hawk and...

      Guantanamo Bay Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens detained at Guantanamo Bay were classed as juveniles at the time of detention.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK Government are taking to ensure that those responsible for human rights abuses under the previous regime in...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the support being given to aid the process of reform that the Indonesian Government is undertaking.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his recent visit to Iran.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many personnel have been deployed by (a) the UK and (b) coalition partners since 9 April 2003 to secure sites identified by...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on information gathered by the Department's forensic team in Iraq about Iraqi citizens who have...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government will provide for the families of Iraqi citizens who disappeared in Iraq seeking a return of their...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will meet the Committee for the Release of Hostages and Detainees in Iraq to discuss the fate of the disappeared in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the reliability of the information contained in the UNMOVIC working document, Unresolved...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on delivering peace in Iraq.

      Kenya (Security Risk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on (a) the security and political situation in Kenya and (b) the implications of that situation for...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many ethnic Albanians have been (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted for the destruction of Orthodox churches in...

      Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which British registered companies have been awarded contracts to work on the Plan Puebla-Panama development in Mexico.

      Nicaragua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons he has proposed the closure of the British Embassy in Nicaragua.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what investigation he has made of the conditions in which British prisoners in Pakistan are being held.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures the Government are taking to ensure that humanitarian organisations have access to the Occupied Territories of...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to initiate and assist international peacekeeping efforts in North East Uganda.

      Private Office Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the running costs have been of Ministers' private offices in his Department in each year since 1997.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many nurses from Sierra Leone have been granted visas to take up NHS posts in the UK (a) in 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Small Arms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what issues will be raised by the UK delegation to the UN First Biennial Meeting of States on the Implementation of the UN...

      Solomon Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the United Kingdom is taking to support the implementation of the Townsville Peace Agreement in the Solomon Islands.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Sudanese Government's adherence to civil and human rights, with special reference to the...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to European Union Governments about links between terrorist organisations in Northern...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the situation in Zimbabwe on the rest of southern Africa.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with President Mbeki about measures to restore democracy and prosperity to Zimbabwe.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Council of Ministers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) on how many occasions since May 1997 the Department's vote in the Council of Ministers against a legislative...

    • Sexual Activity (Criminalisation)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what action the Lord Chancellor will take on the compliance of (a) the Isle of Man, (b) Guernsey and (c) Jersey with the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Disabled People (Cornwall)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of buildings owned by Cornwall county council are accessible by people with physical disabilities.

    • Fire and Rescue Service (Isle of Wight)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what he has estimated the minimum level is of provision on the Isle of Wight appropriate to the maintenance of an adequate fire and rescue service.

      Government Office (North-West)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which projects in Warrington have been assisted by the Government Office for the North West in the past year; and what assistance was provided in each case.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on trends in homelessness among young people (a) in the South West, (b) in Wiltshire and (c) in West Wiltshire.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what agreements have been reached with Castle Point borough council over the last two years on the reduction of homelessness in the borough; and what (a) targets...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to increase the number of special needs houses in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Support

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate how much extra grant would be gained by Cambridgeshire if an additional 1,000 pensioners in the county were in receipt of income support.

      Local Government Reorganisation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) estimated and (b) outturn costs were of each reorganisation of the local government structure since 1980.

      Local Government Reorganisation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost to be incurred in the re-organisation of local government in (a) the North East, (b) the North West and (c) Yorkshire and...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what sanctions can be imposed on a network operator who erects a transmitter in breach of the Code of Best Practice on Mobile Phone Network Development to which...

      Poverty (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proposals he has to reduce the levels of poverty in London; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the availability of social housing.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment is made (a) of the environmental impact and (b) against sustainable development criteria of bids made for (i) grants and (ii) contracts awarded by...

  • International Development

    • Street Children

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development how many street children there are in South America; in which South American countries they are located; and how many street...

  • Health

    • Old People's Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has to improve the level of care in old people's homes; and what measures have been taken since 2001.

    • Anti-depressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) the UK and (b) Sefton are taking anti-depressant drugs.

      Attendance Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid in attendance allowances to members of (a) health authorities, (b) hospital trusts and (c) primary care trusts in England in each of the...

      Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research to assess the financial costs and benefits in areas of responsibility of relevant Government Departments of a more liberal...

      Birthrate Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Birthrate Plus survey.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to prevent discrimination in the treatment of older people with breast cancer.

      Cancer Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the costs of NHS trusts employing agency cancer nurses relative to cancer nurses in permanent NHS posts in the...

      Cancer Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) the recruitment and (b) the retention of cancer nurses at (i) NHS trust and (ii) primary care trust level.

      Chemical Attacks (Preparations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts do not have the stocks of chemical, biological and radiological protective equipment recommended by his Department; and if he will make a...

      Clinical Diagnostics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the part that clinical diagnostics play in (a) improving health care, (b) improving treatment outcomes and (c) reducing...

      Commission forPublic Patient Involvement in Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff will be employed by the Commission for Public Patient Involvement in Health at (a) national head office, (b) regional offices and (c)...

      Commission for Social Care Inspection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will define the term 'reasonable fee' under clause 84(2) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill; and if he will set a...

      Communicable Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are suffering from (a) tuberculosis and (b) pulmonary tuberculosis in each primary care trust; and how many staff each trust employs to...

      Contingency Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts have not conducted a practical exercise to test their major incident plan.

      Doctors (Home Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the minimum standards are for out of hours on call doctors (a) to speak by telephone to a patient and (b) to visit a patient at home.

      Drug/Alcohol Dependency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people who presented to treatment services for drugs and alcohol problems in the last 12 months had mental health problems.

      Drug/Alcohol Dependency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are (a) in place and (b) planned to identify the extent to which those with drugs or alcohol problems also suffer mental health problems.

      Dysphasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to support self-help groups for people with aphasia; (2) what plans he has to increase funding for services used by people...

      Dysphasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Department has to provide funding for computer-based therapy programmes for people with dysphasia.

      Emergency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) mobile decontamination units and (b) personal protective equipment suits have been given to each Ambulance Service NHS Trust; and what...

      Food Additives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what process is in place to enable the assessment of interactions between food additives individually approved for use in food products.

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) his Department and (b) the Food Standards Agency is seeking to permit for sale products which are not included in the Food Supplements...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assurances he has received that the assessment being compiled by the EU Scientific Committee for Foods about the Upper Safe Limit intake of vitamins...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why (a) sodium and calcium ascorbate, and (b) sodium, potassium and calcium hydroxide have been included on the positive list in Annex II of the EU Food...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 24 June 2003, Official Report, column 720W, on food supplements, what representations he has received from BioCare since 1...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the conclusions were of the Regulatory Impact Assessment undertaken by the Food Standards Agency in relation to the Food Supplements (England)...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he will take to ensure that information collected about patients as part of the charging policy on insurance payments within foundation...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Co-operative Party and other bodies in the wider Co-operative movement on foundation hospitals.

      GM Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what GM products are used in (a) fish feed for farmed fish and (b) fishmeal contained in feedstuffs for ruminants.

      GP Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the results of the NHS GP survey; what plans he has to act on the findings; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking against hospital trusts who fail to keep the records of patients with lifelong conditions for the required period...

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hip replacements were performed in (a) England, (b) South Sefton, (c) Southport and (d) Formby in each year since 2000.

      Hospital Dispensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals do not have one stop dispensing or dispensing for discharge schemes.

      Maternal and Child Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost is of merging the confidential inquiry into maternal deaths and the confidential inquiry into stillbirths and deaths in infancy.

      Maternal and Child Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultations are being conducted in the Confidential Inquiry into Maternal and Child Health.

      Maternity Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total clinical negligence bill in obstetrics and gynaecology was in each year since 1997.

      Media Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was to his Department of media and voice training for Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been detained under each relevant section of the Mental Health Acts in each of the last five years, broken down by ethnic group.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on mental health costs in (a) the UK and (b) Sefton in each of the last five years; and what he estimates will be spent on mental...

      National Care Standards Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget is of the National Care Standards Commission in 2003–04; and what its outturn in budget was in 2002–03.

      Needle Exchange Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on needle exchange schemes for drug addicts.

      Negligence Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of negligence claims against the NHS involving children in each year since 1997.

      NHS Drugs Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been saved each year by the national health service as a result of the Selected List of NHS Drugs Scheme.

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the Single Assessment Process as referred to on page 172 of the National Service Framework for Older People.

      Organ Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the introduction of an opt-out scheme for organ donation in the UK; and what targets have been set to increase the number of people...

      Osteoporosis and Related Fractures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to issue calcium and vitamin D free to the institutionalised elderly; and what he estimates the cost would be in a year.

      Patient Advice and Liaison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out for each NHS trust the (a) status, (b) number of staff and (c) budget of its Patient Advice and Liaison Service.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general and (b) community hospitals (i) have been built and (ii) are scheduled to be built under PFI contracts since 1997.

      Salt Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received regarding the consumption of salt by children; and if he will make a statement.

      Sewel Motions

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

      Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many smallpox vaccines he expects to procure through (a) the first and (b) the second tranche of the order; when he expects to take delivery of both...

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on increasing the number of universities offering degrees in speech and...

      Staff Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff the Department and each Agency and non-departmental public body for which the Department is responsible had in each year since 1997; and...

      Total Quality Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of national health service trusts use total quality management systems to improve patient satisfaction with services.

      Worcestershire Royal Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what response he plans to make to representations from the President of the Royal College of Surgeons on the services provided by Worcestershire Royal...

  • House of Lords

    • Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in their decision of 26 February to cut by 16 per cent the budget of the Ulster-Scots Agency for 2003, the underspend for 2002–03 by the Department...

    • Language Implementation Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made representations to the Government of the Republic of Ireland concerning that government's decision to cut by 16 per cent the budget of the...

      Northern Ireland: Child Post Mortems

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether coroner's post-mortems in Northern Ireland involving the unexplained deaths of children are carried out in conjunction with a paediatric pathologist.

      Northern Ireland: Tourism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial support, over the past year, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board has given to the Irish cultural tourism programme and to that of Ulster Scots.

      Northern Ireland: Energy Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a mechanism to reduce the cost of borrowing in the Northern Ireland energy market remains a priority policy.

      Northern Ireland: Energy Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether re-financing of the contracts for Ballylumford power station; the Moyle electricity interconnector; and the Northern Ireland to Scotland gas pipeline is...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis persons were invited to a seminar held by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission on 26 June; and whether the invitation list can be placed in...

      Internet Access: Get Started Campaign

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the response to the Get Started initiative featured on the Cabinet Office website, "The Magic of Harry Potter with UK online", broken down according...

      Uganda: Humanitarian Situation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the "Lord's Resistance Army" in Uganda is causing a humanitarian disaster, following the displacement of the great majority of the...

      European Union: Areas Subject to European Law

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 17 June (WA 90–91), what policy areas became subject to European law upon the entry into...

      West Bank: Security Walls

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they consider to be the status in international law of the security wall and fence now being built by the Government of Israel in the occupied West Bank; and...

      West Bank: Security Walls

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will propose to the Quartet that Israel's security fence be moved back to the Green Line and that full access be restored to all towns and villages.

      Chechnya: Human Rights Monitoring

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following President Putin's visit to London; they have discussed with Russian representatives the possibility of human rights monitoring in and around...

      Israel: Contributions to UNWRA

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask the Government of Israel to contribute to the budget of the United Nations Works and Relief Agency in the current year.

      Indonesia: Scorpion Armoured Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking following reports that British-made Scorpion armoured vehicles are being used by the Indonesian forces in Aceh.

      Age Discrimination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the victims of age discrimination in the fields of education, housing, the provision of goods, facilities and services to the public,...

      Royal Mail: VAT on Rail Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of Royal Mail's decision to withdraw from rail transport because it cannot reclaim the VAT, they will allow Royal Mail to reclaim the VAT on...

      Mothballs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What products are licensed for use by the public in the United Kingdom for the control of clothes moths.

      Depleted Uranium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance is given by the Government to the Environment Agency, the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities with regard to sites where depleted...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the event of approval being given for the importation and growing in the United Kingdom of genetically modified foods, whether they will ensure that full...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether in their opinion, genetic modification of plants and animals is a procedure radically different from traditional and conventional plant and animal...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is evidence of increased lignin and coarse fibre in genetically modified maize, or an increase in malformed bolls in genetically modified cotton.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether viruses or bacteria have been introduced into genetically modified plants for the purpose of increasing their resistance to herbicides.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect genetically modified crops have on the supply of food to wildlife.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they fund activities of GM Nation; and, if so, by how much per year.

      Coal-fired Electricity Generation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to amend the regulations relating to coal-fired electricity generation to ensure that power stations equipped to burn coal cleanly are not...

      A27

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to provide a dual carriageway on the A27 between Lewes and Polegate; and What plans they have to reduce congestion and delay on the A27 at...

      Railways: Bi-directional Working

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What mileage of double track of main line railway has been equipped for bi-directional working; and What mileage of double track of main line railway is used...

      Stranraer to Cairnryan: Transport Links

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of Stena's translocation from Stranraer to Cairnryan, they will insist on the railway being extended from Stranraer to Cairnryan.

      Speed Cameras

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the cost to date of the installation of speed cameras in the United Kingdom; and who bears this cost.

      Compulsory Pilotage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the sinking of the "Jambo" near to the entrance to Loch Broom, they will now consider compulsory pilotage through the Minch for all large ships...

      Bull Bars

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the construction and use regulations permit the fitting of bull bars to (a) conventional cars and vans; and (b) off-road vehicles; and whether there are...

      Airlines: Over-booking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which government agency monitors the extent of over-booking by British Airways and other international airlines; and whether there has recently been an increase in...

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