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Written answers

Thursday, 17 July 2003

  • Prime Minister

    • Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 26 June 2003, Official Report, column 921W, on Cabinet Committees, when he will publish the full membership and terms of reference of...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister when he will answer the question of 24 February from the hon. Member for Mid-Bedfordshire on IT contracts in his Department above £50 million.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his written answer of 16 June 2003, Official Report, column 63W, on the EU White Paper, what discussions he expects to occur prior to the next meeting of the...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he had with President Kirchner of Argentina at the progressive governance conference concerning sovereignty of the Falkland Islands; and if he will make...

      Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will request from President George Bush the return of all British prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay to the United Kingdom for the due attention of prosecution and...

      House of Lords Appointments Commission

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects to lay the first report of the House of Lords Appointments Commission for 2000 to 2003 before Parliament.

      Iraq Dossier

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the inclusion of (a) the information and (b) the illustration of UNSCOM's visits to the Iraqi presidential palaces in the September Dossier was at the...

      Iraq Dossier

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answers of 7 July 2003, Official Report, column 616W, on intelligence, what progress has been made since 7 July in identifying the sources in the...

      Judicial Committee of the Privy Council

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he had with the Governments of (a) New Zealand, (b) Antigua and Barbuda, (c) Bahamas, (d) Barbados, (e) Belize, (f) Dominica, (g) Grenada, (h) Jamaica,...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list visits within the United Kingdom he has made since 1 April; what the cost was to public funds of each trip; whom he met; and what gifts were received

      Pay Review Bodies

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on payment for Pay Review Body chairs and members.

      Plutonium

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received and what meetings he has held this year on the future management of plutonium; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions between 31March 2002 and 31 March 2003 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisors travelled abroad in an official capacity; what...

      Trade Justice

      To ask the Prime Minister how many representations calling for trade justice have been received by the Government this year; and how many of these were from the Orkney and Shetland constituency.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what evidence he has received of attempts being made by the Iraqi military to deploy chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons during the war; (2)...

  • Wales

    • Health and Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the need for primary legislation in order to implement the recommendations of the Review...

    • Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he last used the London Underground in connection with his official duties.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Supasweet Onion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will support the production and promotion of the Supasweet onion in Chicksands, Bedfordshire.

    • New Covent Garden Markets Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to secure a viable future for the New Covent Garden Markets Authority.

      Biofuel Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage the use of crops for biofuels.

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on how she proposes to implement the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.

      Thames Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on the effects of the Shell Haven oil refinery on fisheries in the Thames.

      Fallen Stock Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the number of farmers who have signed up to the Fallen Stock Scheme.

      Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements she is making to pay interest on overdue payments of (a) beef special premium and (b) slaughter premium.

      Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money is due in outstanding payments for (a) beef special premium and (b) slaughter premium for (i) 2001 and (ii)...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

      Farming Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she will take to encourage farmers to adopt more environmentally sustainable farming practices.

      Farming Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further measures have been taken by the Rural Payments Agency to prevent fraud by farmers, following the Government...

      Flood Risk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people live in areas with a high risk of flooding.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of contamination by GM crops on surrounding plant life; what estimate she has made...

      Illegal Logging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when and where the EU action plan on illegal logging will be discussed by the Council of Ministers.

      Illegal Logging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the UK Government will press for new legislation to ban the import of illegally sourced timber as part of the EU action...

      Private Sewers (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the consultation on private sewers on owners in Wales.

      Private Sewers (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from (a) the Welsh Assembly, (b) Welsh local authorities and (c) other Welsh...

      Radioactive Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quantities of radioactive water (a) have been removed and (b) remain to be moved from Sellafield building B30 as part of...

      Rights of Way Mapping Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by how much the Rights of Way mapping process is over budget; and which other budgets are being used to fund it.

      Water Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of water companies reported financial deficits in 2002.

      Written Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many written ministerial statements have been made by the Department since 29 October 2002.

  • Treasury

    • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the occurrence rate of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia was in each of the last five years.

    • Tax Credit Helpline

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff are employed to man advisory hotlines for working families tax credit; how many are civil servants; and how many have received training in...

      Tax Credit Helpline

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the script used by advisers at the tax credit helpline for responding to callers who have asked for their tax...

      Tax Credit Helpline

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) telephone lines and (b) telephonists there are for the tax credit helpline; and if he will make a statement.

      Benefit Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire of 9 July 2003, Official Report, column 871W, what the April outturn is against the...

      Business Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what extra amount Redcar and Cleveland would have received in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003 under the Treasury's preferred model for local authority...

      Census 2001 (Sheffield)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of Sheffield's 2001 Census information was lost; if he will make a statement on how this information was lost; and what assessment he has made of...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the percentage of total central government expenditure was represented by PFI and PPP annual payments in the financial years (a) 1992–93,...

      Chief Economic Adviser

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Treasury's Chief Economic Adviser plays an executive role in the Inland Revenue's dealings with (a) individuals and (b) businesses.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated annual cost would be of changing the child benefit system to pay the higher rate of child benefit in respect of all children of a...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter dated 29 May from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan on insurance premium tax.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many times in the past two years the Customs and Excise National Strike Force has undertaken operational duties in west Wales; (2) what...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Home Office, (b) Secretary of State for Wales and (c) Welsh Assembly regarding removal of permanent...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the UK's gross receipts from the EU Budget were in 2002.

      Financial Services and Markets Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to make his assessment of the effectiveness of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000; who will conduct that review; and when the...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue which would be lost if the Gift Aid declaration was replaced by allowing all personal donations to...

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to increase the transparency of (a) World Bank and (b) IMF decisions about countries coming off track with the heavily indebted...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that the Inland Revenue obtains accurate declarations from employees of that part of their taxable income derived from the...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what positions have been held since January 2000 by (a) Mr. Graham Dean, former Inland Revenue Officer in the International Division and (b) Mr. Robert...

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many outsourced IT contracts have been signed by his Department in each year since 1997; how much each of these contracts is worth; with whom they are...

      IT Licences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he spent on IT licences in the last financial year.

      IT Projects

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what major IT projects with a value in excess of £10,000 he authorised expenditure on in each of the last three financial years.

      Manufacturing Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in the manufacturing sector in (a) 1979, (b) 1997 and (c) 2003; and what percentage of the workforce this represents in each case.

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to review the tax threshold for redundancy pay; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Shares

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 9 July 2003, Official Report, column 867W, in which companies the Government holds special shares; what the value is of those...

      Special Shares

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his plans for disposing of the Government's golden shares.

      Strokes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died from (a) strokes and (b) stroke-related diseases in each year since 1997, broken down by age group.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests for (a) compensation, (b) back costs and (c) compensation for worry and distress due to mishandling of child and working tax credit...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 10 June 2003, Official Report, column 746W, on child/working tax credit, whether the statistics on awards in August will be...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the average claim for (a) the child tax credit and (b) the working tax credit is expected to be worth in the current financial year.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance has been given to officers on settlement of arrears in payment of working tax credits.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the numbers of outstanding claims for (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit; and how many of these were submitted...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what penalties are enforceable against the provider of computer equipment to implement the change in the system of tax credits.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many claims for emergency interim payments relating to child tax credit applications have been made; and of that number how many have been paid;...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Inland Revenue will pay compensation for (a) bank charges and (b) mortgage penalty payments incurred as a result of the late or non-payment of...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer where a person is owed tax credit back-payments, what mechanism there is for paying it in one lump sum rather than in weekly instalments; and if he will...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many persons in the Wansbeck constituency are in receipt of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit; and how many claims are waiting to be processed.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters to the Inland Revenue from right hon. and hon. Members about working families tax credit applications are awaiting a reply.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide extra resources to help the Inland Revenue in responding to correspondence from right hon. and hon. Members about working families tax...

      Tax Revenues

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of the extra revenue generated through taxation on those people who will work until the age of 70 in the next 10 years.

      VAT Rebates (Places of Worship)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the cost was in 2002–03 of administering grants provided under the scheme providing rebates on VAT paid in respect of repairs to places of...

      Written Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many written ministerial statements have been made by the Department since 29 October 2002.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Lay Magistrates (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when he plans to proceed with the appointment of lay magistrates in Northern Ireland.

    • Private Bailiffs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what regulations govern the capacity of a private bailiff forcibly to enter a domicile; and when they were last...

      Private Bailiffs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans the Government have to introduce legislation on bailiffs.

      Private Bailiffs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent representations he has received regarding privately contracted bailiffs.

      Private Bailiffs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps are taken by his Department to (a) monitor and (b) enforce standards within the bailiff industry.

      Private Bailiffs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what licensing procedures there are for (a) bailiffs and (b) private law enforcement agents.

      Catherine Meyer

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to make representations to the Chief Justice of Germany concerning the case of Catherine Meyer.

      Constitutional Affairs Department

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list his Department's responsibilities for Scotland.

      Constitutional Affairs Department

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) where the Department of Constitutional Affairs will be housed; who will have responsibility within his Department...

      Constitutional Affairs Department

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the relationship between (a) Constitutional Affairs, (b) Scotland Office and (c) Wales Office will be with regard to...

      Darmesh and Rashik Jamiet

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the case of Darmesh (date of birth 27 February 1973) and Rashik (8 December 1977) Jamiet under Ref MP2777 was...

      EU Regulations

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs how many regulations originating from the EU have been implemented by the Department in each of the past five years.

      Joint Guarantors

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will take measures to ensure that no guarantor of a joint and several personal guarantee is able to default; and...

      Judicial Appointments Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what limits will be placed on the members of the Judicial Appointments Commission in discussing individual cases with...

      Judicial Appointments Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the decisions of the Judicial Appointments Commission and the Secretary of State in respect of judicial...

      Judicial Committee of the Privy Council

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions he had with the governing authorities of (a) Anguilla, (b) Bermuda, (c) the British Virgin Islands, (d)...

      Law Society

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment he has made of the intervention of the Law Society in its role as regulator of (a) sole practitioner...

      Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders his Department (a) enforced overseas and (b) received notification...

      Marianna Hildyard

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when Marianna Hildyard was invited to become a QC.

      National Land Information System

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to his answer of 19 May, Official Report, column 653W, on the National Land Information System (NLIS), what...

      Overseas Electors

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how a UK citizen who lives abroad may register to vote as an overseas elector.

      Pension Data Protection

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to remove the data protection controls which restrict pension information being released to company...

      Public Participation in Politics

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps the Government has taken to encourage public participation in politics.

      Solicitors (Regulation)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to change the regulatory system used in relation to solicitors in the UK.

      Solicitors (Regulation)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment he has made of the case for making the regulatory system used in relation to solicitors in the UK a fully...

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs who will be responsible for the rules of procedure of the new Supreme Court.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many planning applications have been made to site mobile telecommunications masts on land owned by the Department.

      Written Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many written ministerial statements have been made by the Department and its predecessors since 29 October 2002.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on United Kingdom support for a national Afghan army.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the United Kingdom Provincial Reconstruction Team in the Mazar-e-Sharif region of Afghanistan will liaise with Afghan military forces acting...

      Armed Forces (Health Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of personnel not fit for employment and awaiting NHS treatment in (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army and (c) the RAF.

      Arms Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the (a) arms, (b) armaments and (c) military equipment sold by the UK Government in the last three years, with their destination.

      Army (Drug Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 25 June 2003, Official Report, column 876W, on drugs, what investigations he has conducted to determine why specific army units...

      Asraam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the Tornado F3 aircraft will not be fitted with Helmet Mounted Sight capability for ASRAAM.

      Asraam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his assessment is of the capability improvement of ASRAAM over the AIM9M and AIM9L Sidewinder missiles.

      Asraam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason Tornado F3 aircraft have not received an AMRAAM datalink upgrade as part of the Capability Sustainment programme.

      Asraam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Jaguar GR3A has been wired for ASRAAM; and what plans he has for the Jaguar GR3A to be equipped with ASRAAM.

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Typhoon will be capable of delivering (a) Storm Shadow, (b) Precision Guided bombs, (c) ALARM, (d) Brimstone, (e) unguided bombs and (f)...

      Bowman System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which units will be equipped with the Bowman system when it first enters service; and when Bowman will be ready for operational deployment.

      Challenger 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what Territorial Army personnel have received training on Challenger 2 in the past two years; and if he will make a statement.

      Chocolate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the reasons his Department (a) ended its order for chocolate with Duncans of Scotland and (b) placed the order with...

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of using cluster munitions in the war in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

      Defence Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list category A projects awarded in the last three years where US companies and the UK subsidiaries of US companies were sub-contractors...

      Defence Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value of defence and defence-related (a) imports from and (b) exports to the United States of America was in the last three years for which...

      Defence Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list category A projects and their approximate values awarded in the last three years to US companies and the UK subsidiaries of US companies.

      Defence Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on (a) the front line and (b) procurement in current prices in each year since 1999–2000; and what his plans are for each...

      Defence Logistics Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the contracts (a) initiated and (b) changed by the Defence Logistics Organisation within (i) one week, (ii) two weeks and (iii) one month...

      Defence Logistics Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the Urgent Operational Requirements placed by the Defence Logistics Organisation within (a) one week, (b) two weeks and (c) one month of...

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what value of drugs has been confiscated in operations involving Royal Navy warships in each of the past two years.

      Drummore Harbour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the accessibility of Drummore harbour to seacraft.

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the EU Directives and Regulations which have been implemented by his Department since 17 April 2002.

      Galileo Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his letter D/S of S/GH 3295/03/Y, what progress has been made on interoperability with the United States in relation to the Galileo Project.

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his letter D/US of S/IC 3139/03/6, what the most recent results of his longitudinal studies into tracking Gulf War illnesses are.

      Hermitage Site

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the Ministry of Defence site at Hermitage, Berkshire.

      HMS Bulwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when HMS Bulwark will be operational.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what the status is of the Iraqi prisoners handed over to the US army by British troops.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which countries are providing troops for peacekeeping duties in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what training was given to Army personnel deployed on Operation Telic in respect of use of the grenade launchers for SA80A2.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when orders were placed for additional desert clothing which was required for Operation Telic.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many servicemen and women were (a) killed and (b) injured in the conflict in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of each of the friendly fire incidents involving British personnel in Iraq; what changes are planned to reduce...

      Operation Telic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when UORs for Operation Telic were first issued.

      Operation Telic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when all Army personnel based in (a) Iraq and (b) Kuwait for Operation Telic had been issued with full desert kit.

      Operation Telic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when underslung grenade launchers for Operation Telic were first issued; and to which battlegroups.

      Operation Telic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when Camel water bottles were first issued for Operation Telic; and what percentage of Army personnel have been issued with them.

      Operation Telic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the operational period for the biological and chemical attack detectors on Challenger 2 tanks in Operation Telic.

      Operation Telic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reservists served with (a) 1 Bn Black Watch, (b) 1 Bn Royal Irish Regiment, (c) 1 Bn The Duke of Wellington's Regiment and (d) 1 Bn Royal...

      Operation Telic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many sponsored reserves served on Operation Telic and with which units.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Joint Strike Fighter aircraft will be allocated to the (a) Fleet Air Arm and (b) RAF if the current requirement stands at 150 aircraft; and...

      Maritime Airborne Surveillance and Control Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make an initial gate announcement on the Maritime Airborne Surveillance and Control programme.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to make service personnel medical records fully accessible to the service person concerned and his or her medical advisors; and if he...

      Medical Treatment (Charging Arrangements)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the charging arrangement between his Department and (a) the Department of Health and (b) NHS acute trusts for the...

      Naval Air Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his assessment is for the current requirements for naval anti-air warfare capabilities; and if he will make a statement.

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which infantry regiments have served in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answers of 30 June 2003, Official Report, column 46W, on procurement, and 20 June 2003, Official Report, column 885W, on Type 23...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the savings have been achieved through (a) cancellation, (b) delay and (c) scaling back of procurement programmes in each year since 1997.

      Royal Irish Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people serve in the Royal Irish Regiment.

      RV Triton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the trials programme of RV Triton.

      Service Manning Requirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes have taken place in each Service's manning requirement since April 1997.

      Services Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he will make a statement on progress in implementing the recommendations of the recent tri-service audit of initial training; (2) what the...

      Skynet 5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when his Department expects to finalise the Skynet 5 contract with Paradigm; and if he will make a statement; (2) on what grounds his Department...

      Smart Acquisition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what savings have been achieved through the Smart Acquisition initiative; and what the largest single saving is that has been achieved.

      Sonar 2087 Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answers of 25 June 2003, Official Report, column 885W, and 30 June 2003, Official Report, column 46W, if he will name the ships to be...

      Submarine Threat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his assessment is of the threat to UK forces from hostile submarine forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Aircraft Armament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the (a) Typhoon and (b) Joint Strike Fighter will be armed with a gun.

      Violent Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's estimate is of the number of people affected by violent conflict in (a) 2003 and (b) 2002; and whether he expects to meet his...

      Warships (NATO Commitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the UK commitment is to NATO forces in terms of (a) frigates and (b) destroyers.

  • Education and Skills

    • Arson Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what efforts are being made (a) by his Department and (b) by his Department in conjunction with other Departments to protect schools from...

    • Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to (a) encourage and (b) support more people with disabilities to enter (i) teaching and (ii) other employment in...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what services will be provided for children who are in families where there has been domestic violence.

      European Credit Transfer System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he has taken to ensure that English universities are prepared for the introduction of the European Credit Transfer System; and if...

      Higher Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been allocated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to higher education institutions in their block grants to ...

      King's Ford Junior School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will provide the hon. Member for Colchester with copies of the correspondence between himself and the Chair of Governors of King's...

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many lay inspectors are working for OFSTED in each region.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many non-British European Union students there were on (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate courses in English universities in each of...

      Overseas Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many overseas teachers have been working in English schools in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; (2) how...

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much extra money his Department has provided to schools in (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire to help ameliorate the...

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much funding was allocated to (a) Essex Local Education Authority and (b) other local education authorities for turbulence factors...

      Specialist Subjects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what mechanisms are in place to ensure that specialist school subject designations correlate to pupil and parent demand; and if he will make...

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much each local authority spent on youth services in each year since 2000–01.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Contingency Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment the Office has made of the adequacy of current civil contingency planning; what plans there are to make changes; and if he will make a...

    • Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he will publish an updated "List of Ministerial Responsibilities".

      Private Office Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the running costs of Ministers' private offices have been in his Department in each year since 1997.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Computer Security

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) whether the House of Commons Commission plans to comply with UK Security Standard...

    • Timber

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what timbers are being used in the Houses of Parliament ticket office that is currently being...

  • Minister for Women

    • Armed Forces (Recruitment)

      To ask the Minister for Women what plans she has for increasing the recruitment of women into the armed forces; and what discussions she has held with ministerial colleagues on the issue.

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women pursuant to her answer of 25 March 2003, Official Report, column 143W, on domestic violence, if she will place in the Library copies of her correspondence with the...

  • Advocate-General for Scotland

    • Staff Numbers

      To ask the Advocate-General how many staff are employed by her Department.

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House when he expects to answer the question of 24 February 2003 from the hon. Member for Mid-Bedfordshire on IT contracts in his Department above £50 million.

  • Trade and Industry

    • A400m

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) pursuant to her answer of 24 June 2003, Official Report, columns 677–78W, on A400M, if she will place in the Library the letter of...

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the financial impact on the UK insurance and reinsurance industries of the United States Fairness in Asbestos...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman), of 25 February 2003, Official Report, columns 393–94W, on Burma,...

      Business Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the future of Business Support.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value of British-owned manufacturing was in China in 2002.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received regarding British trade with China.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what tariffs or other import and export levies are enforced (a) by Britain on Chinese goods and (b) by China on British goods.

      China/Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the volume of trade between the UK and (a) China and (b) Japan was in 2002, broken down by (i) imports and (ii) exports; and what...

      Coal Investment Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many applications have been received in respect of Coal Investment Aid; from which companies the applications were received; how many...

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the consultation documents issued by her Department in each of the last four years; what the cost was of producing each of...

      Consumer Credit Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to publish the results of the recent consultation on the licensing regime under the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Minister with responsibility for competitiveness and e-commerce will reply to the letter dated 21 May from the hon. Member for Banff...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the impact on businesses in London and the south-east of (a) a decision not to go ahead with the Crossrail...

      Energy Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry where the gas delivered to the UK will come from in (a) 2005, (b) 2010 and (c) 2015; and what percentage of the gas will be delivered from...

      Energy Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what contingency plans she will put in place to ensure that energy is delivered to households in the UK in the event that future foreign gas...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the regulatory impact assessments her Department has carried out on measures to protect the environment since January 2002;...

      Global Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action is planned to help deliver the Doha Development Agenda and reduce global poverty at the forthcoming WTO meeting in Cancun, Mexico.

      International Atomic Energy Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place a copy of the UK's presentation to the IAEA Board of Governors meeting for June in the Library; and if she will ensure that...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to require mobile telephone companies to cease the practice whereby individuals are permitted access to their services...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many UK mobile users are registered with their networks with verifiable personal details.

      Mine Shafts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the progress made by the working group set up in her Department on mine shafts; and when the working group is...

      New Electricity Trading Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she has taken to help intermittent suppliers adversely affected by New Electricity Trading Arrangements.

      New Electricity Trading Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the changes were in the export price of renewable energy generators (a) since the implementation of New Electricity Trading Arrangements...

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many nuclear stations there are; and how many will continue beyond 2020.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will set out the steps taken once an application for a Post Office Card Account has been received.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices have fee-charging ATMs.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will arrange for the Chief Executive of Post Office Ltd. to meet the hon. Member for Leicester, East to discuss post office closures.

      Print Cartridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will make a statement on the use of practices in the print cartridge manufacturing industry aimed at preventing the recycling of...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much subsidy was paid by the Government to electricity generators as a result of their renewable energy policy (a) in total and (b) to...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects the remediation of Sellafield building B30 to commence.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what volume of dried radioactive waste sludges she expects to be removed from building B30 at Sellafield in the post-operation clean-out process.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the safety of the Magnox storage and decommissioning B30 facility at Sellafield.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what facility attachments and safeguards provisions apply to the B30 spent fuel and waste store at Sellafield; when Euratom safeguards...

      Solar Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the implications of a shortage of silicon for the solar cells industry; and if, pursuant to the letter of 30...

      Solar Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance the Government has given to (a) households and (b) business in the installation of solar energy devices; and how many (i)...

      Trade Justice Movement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what response she will make to the representations from the Trade Justice Movement on trade with poorer countries; and what plans she has to...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the development of wind power facilities in the United Kingdom.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received regarding accession by China to the World Trade Organisation; and if she will make a statement.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to take steps in the next round of WTO negotiations to improve access to patented drugs in the developing countries.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to take steps in the next round of WTO negotiations to prevent subsidised EU products being dumped on developing countries.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to take steps in the next round of WTO negotiations to protect sugar producers in developing countries from competition...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Ambition Construction Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) annual budget and (b) total central Government funding was for the Ambition Construction Programme in each financial year since...

    • Benefit Entitlement (EU Citizens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what period has to elapse before EU citizens who remain in the UK under the habitual residency test can claim UK benefits.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families are expected (a) to gain and (b) to lose from the child support reforms, broken down by (i) couple families and (ii) families...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research has been commissioned on the financial impact on absent fathers of the interaction between child support maintenance assessments...

      Gas Fitters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the compulsory registration of gas fitters according to the Corgi Standard; and how many complaints his Department has...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding his Department and its predecessors allocated to Work Based Learning for Adults in each year since 1997; and if he will make a...

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to award a severely disabled person attendance allowance for the six-month qualifying period once it has been...

      Benefit Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost per claimant was of administering each of the major benefits in the last 12 months.

      Benefit Errors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have had (a) their state pension and (b) other benefits incorrectly deducted after a hospital stay lasting more than six weeks...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff are responsible for detection of benefit fraud, broken down by region; what change has been made in the level of such staff in...

      Benefit/Pension Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants in each benefit client group who have been sent direct payment invitation letters have opened (a) normal bank or building...

      Benefit/Pension Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants in each benefit client group have been sent direct payment invitation letters; and for each of those groups how many have...

      Benefit/Pension Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many customers (a) will and (b) will not be paid by direct payment if the Department meets its public service agreement target to...

      Benefit/Pension Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether customers who have more than one carer or a number of irregular carers will be able to nominate more than one such person to...

      Benefit/Pension Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been contacted following a failure to respond to an invitation to transfer to direct payment; and of those, what...

      Benefit/Pension Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Coventry have converted to direct payment of their benefits and pensions.

      Benefit/Pension Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 25 June 2003, Official Report, column 837W, on benefits, how many consolatory payments were made to customers for...

      Benefit/Pension Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he has issued to his Department regarding making benefit and pension payments to clients who fail to open a bank or Post Office...

      Benefit/Pension Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which his Department cold-calls customers in connection with the transfer to direct...

      Benefit Take-up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much extra grant per year would need to be paid from central Government to local authorities if take-up of all income-related benefits was...

      British Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Government's recent discussions regarding the allocation of funding to support British Sign...

      British Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what policies and procedures are being modified and what actions are being taken within his Department following the Government's decision to ...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged over 65 are receiving (a) carer's allowance and (b) the carer's premium in income support; and how many people aged over...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether an allowance is made for child care costs, in relation to a child living with an absent parent with care or with the parent being...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the progress made by the CSA in introducing the new system of assessment.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many liability orders were placed on members of the armed forces by the Child Support Agency in each month since July 2002.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the application of child support regulations to armed forces personnel.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much interest was earned from monies held by the Child Support Agency between receipt from parents without care and payment to parents with...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will apply the new rules for Child Support Agency claims to pre-existing cases.

      Consultation Documents

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

      Contracted-out Rebates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) with reference to Figure A3.1 on page 148 of the Pensions Green Paper (Cm 5677), what the assumed number of people receiving...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that the Department sends out acknowledgements to letters from hon. Members writing on behalf of constituents;...

      Countryside Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he last met the Chairman of the Countryside Agency to discuss rural proofing.

      Customer Conversion Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedures are available to customers who wish to register complaints regarding his Department's Customer Conversion Centre.

      Deferred Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of paying the basic state pension, deferred by five years, at (a) 110.4 per cent., (b) 120 per cent., (c) 130 per...

      Deferred Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost has been to the Exchequer of deferred pensions, in (a) cash and (b) real terms, over the last 10 years.

      Deferred Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have deferred their pension in each of the last five years by up to (a) one year, (b) two years, (c) three years, (d) four...

      Ductile Iron Gas Mains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who owns the medium pressure ductile iron gas mains within 30 metres of buildings reported to HSE in response to its October 2002 warning to...

      E-government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list by project the consultancies his Department and its non-departmental bodies have used on e-Government projects since 1 January 2001.

      Environmental Appraisals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the Department's policies have been screened for their environmental impact since June 2001; how many environmental appraisals have...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the EU directives implemented by the Department since 8 June 2001.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with (a) colleagues in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and (b) counterparts in the European Union about the...

      Fee-charging ATMs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his Answer of 11 July 2003, Official Report, column 1036W, on fee-charging ATMs, what information is given by his Department to...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed to detect and prosecute suspected fraud in each of the last six years; and what the cost was of their employment.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have committed benefit fraud on two or more separate occasions since 1 April 2002; and of that number how many have had their...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level of fraud in (a) order books and (b) giros was in 2002–03, broken down by type of fraud; and if he will make a statement.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many instances there were of income support fraud in Scotland, broken down by local authority, in each year since 1997; (2) what the...

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the funding for the Health and Safety Executive in (a) 2003–04 and (b) each of the last three years, broken down by region.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many health and safety inspectors there are in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales, and how many there were in each year since 1998.

      Health and Safety Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many health and safety inspectors are employed by his Department; and how many were employed in each of the last five years; (2) how...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress towards reform of the housing benefit system.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the 200 wards with the highest percentage of adults claiming incapacity benefit in (a) the UK and (b) Wales.

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was claimed in income support in Scotland in 2002–03, broken down by local authority area.

      Information Leaflet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the Plain English Campaign's Crystal Mark does not apply to the section on collecting and using information on page 6 of the...

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many outsourced IT contracts have been signed by his Department in each year since 1997; how much each of these contracts is worth; with...

      IT Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much he spent on IT (a) maintenance, (b) licences, (c) software and (d) hardware in the last financial year.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is in cases of individuals claiming Jobseeker's Allowance refusing a job on grounds of conscientious objection; and if he will...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many fixed period sanctions have been applied in the income-related jobseeker's allowance in each year since the sanctions were first...

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents have had income support reduced as a sanction for failure to attend a compulsory personal adviser meeting; and if he will...

      Media Training

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

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) financial and (b) other support is available to (i) an individual and (ii) a family where the sole earner receives the national...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was to his Department of mobile phones supplied to Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate for each contributory benefit the extra annual expenditure which would result from abolition of the national insurance...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sanctions have been applied to New Deal participants, broken down by programme, in each year since the programme began; how many...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) proportion and (b) number of people have found employment as a result of the New Deal, broken down by programme, in each year since...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those who left the gateway of the New Deal for Young People without proceeding to any of the options were in full-time...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of New Deal leavers have entered sustained unsubsidised jobs since the programme began; and if he will make a statement.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) number and (b) proportion of people who went on to New Deal have left for unknown destinations, broken down by (i) programme and (ii)...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents who have participated in the New Deal for Lone Parents have later returned to income support, broken down by (a) those...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of participants in the New Deal for Young People from non-white ethnic minorities found (a) jobs and (b) sustained jobs in each...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of each quarterly cohort on the full-time education and training option in the New Deal for Young People left with the qualification...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost per place on each of the four options in the New Deal for Young People was in the last 12 months; and if he will make a...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of persons leaving (a) the intensive gateway period, (b) the extended gateway and (c) each of the four options in the New...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants on New Deal for Young People have been placed on training courses longer than a year in each year since the programme...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants have joined the New Deal for Young People (a) once, (b) twice, (c) three times and (d) more than three times; and if he...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 26 June 2003, Official Report, column 962W, on the New Deal, on what basis the calculation of cost per job for New...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria are used by New Deal for Lone Parents advisers to determine whether they will assist with the provision of child care; what the...

      Operation Gangmaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the progress of Operation Gangmaster.

      Operation Gangmaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 15 July 2003, ref 124888, if he will list the Government Departments and agencies in the Gangmaster Working Group.

      Operational Intelligence Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases have been processed through the operational intelligence units in (a) Glasgow and (b) Edinburgh in each month since 1997; how...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to answer question number 114044, tabled by the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire for answer on Monday 19 May.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it is his policy that written answers from Ministers in his Department should be deposited in the Library on the day of answering...

      Pendle

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

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place a copy of the pension credit application form in the Library.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of postage for (a) writing to all those aged 60 and over to tell them about their possible entitlement to pension...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what payment options are available to people filling in the pension credit application form who tick the box in part 13B stating that they do...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Northavon (Mr. Webb), of 10 July 2003, columns 979–80W, what proportion of pensioners are...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his written statement of 14 July 2003, Official Report, columns 6–7WS, on the pension credit, how many of the pensioner...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are being taken to minimise the potential for pension credit fraud in advance of its introduction.

      Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many hours of staff absence there have been among Pension Service employees each month in the last two years.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answers of 7 April 2003, Official Report, column 88W, and 2 July 2003, Official Report, column 346W, on pensioners, if he will...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) pursuant to Working and Saving for Retirement: Action on Occupational Pensions, if his plans to ease the indexation requirements will...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to issue (a) a further response to the consultation on the Pensions Green Paper (Cm 5677) and (b) a White Paper on pensions;...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the appointees to the (a) Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board, (b) Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, (c)...

      Seasonal Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proposals he has for addressing seasonal unemployment fluctuations in seaside towns; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions between 31 March 2002 and 31 March 2003 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many staff in his Department were on long-term sick leave in each of the last five years; (2) how many staff in the Department have...

      Standard Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what size of geographical area he will determine as appropriate in setting the standard local housing allowance to ensure that it...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he and his Department have (a) made and (b) put into action to extend entitlement for application to budgeting and crisis loans to...

      Widowers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to meet representatives of widowers' groups to discuss issues affecting widowers' pensions; (2) what recent...

      Written Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many written ministerial statements have been made by the Department since 29 October 2002.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC Charter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had on renewal of the BBC's Charter.

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by her Department and agencies for which her Department is responsible in each of the last five years to promote (a)...

      Elite Athletes Funding Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on completion of the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report of the Elite Athletes...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) colleagues in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and (b) counterparts in the European Union about...

      Lottery Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to make science and education new criteria for lottery grants.

      National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what efforts are being made to ensure that all the timber being used in the construction of the new stadium at Wembley comes from legal...

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many members of staff at Ofcom earn more than £100,000 per annum.

      Physical Exercise (Northumberland Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of school children in the Northumberland local education authority area receive a minimum of two hours physical exercise...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions between 31 March 2002 and 31 March 2003 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisors have travelled...

      Sports Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the value of Sport England's Exchequer grant aid was to each national governing body in (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02, (c)...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department has allocated for the promotion of tourism in the UK in 2003–04.

      Tourism (Northumberland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people were employed in the tourism industry in Northumberland in each of the last five years.

      Written Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many written ministerial statements have been made by the Department since 29 October 2002.

  • International Development

    • Commission on Intellectual Property Rights

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what steps are being taken to implement the recommendations of the Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, on protecting...

    • Debt Relief

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development how the Department will help ensure that the UK's beyond heavily indebted poor countries additional debt relief will be used...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what the cost was to his Department for (a) ministerial cars and drivers, (b) taxis, (c) train travel, (d) the use of...

      Kenya

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development if he will list the educational projects in Kenya which have received funding from his Department (a) directly and (b)...

      Montserrat

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development (1) what the average waiting time for hospital treatment is in Montserrat; (2) how many people there are on a hospital...

      Montserrat

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what the average class size is in Montserrat, broken down by age group.

      Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what plans the Department has to facilitate the development of mutually beneficial partnerships between donors and...

      Private Office Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what the running costs have been of Ministers' private offices in his Department in each year since 1997.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what steps will be taken at the next World Trade Organisation meeting on promoting the freedom of developing countries to...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Council Housing (North-East Lincolnshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the total cost of bringing all council housing in north-east Lincolnshire up to decent housing standards by 2010.

    • General Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he has held discussions with the Electoral Commission about the possibility of abandoning alphabetical listing of candidates on ballot papers (a) at...

      House Prices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether in valuing dwellings for council tax purposes, it is his policy that district valuers should take into account changing values over time of house prices...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of whether the decent homes target will be met by 2010.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities have not transferred their stock or set up an arm's length management organisation with PFI scheme.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his estimate is of the time required by a local housing authority from the initial consideration of options to (a) complete a stock transfer, (b) reach...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to announce Government proposals on the way forward for housing capital finance following the recent consultation.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the scheme funding requirements to meet the decent homes standard as a result of the change from fitness standard to the health and safety rating system will...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of houses which will be brought up to the decent homes standard in each year up to 2010, broken down by the method of...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what conclusions he has drawn from the National Audit Office report on the costs of the large scale voluntary transfer programme.

      Loaned Art Works

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many works of art from the Government art collection are on loan to each Minister in his Department.

      Local Authority Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether local authorities which under the Communities Plan do not use the options of stock transfer, Arm's Length Management Organisations or PFI, may receive...

      Local Authority Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect of allocating only 70 per cent. of housing investment programme funding to local authorities as proposed in the...

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons local authorities in the South West region were not included on the Government's list of councils which can temporarily suspend the right to buy.

      Vehicles for Sale

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will extend the Control of Roadside Sales Order to enable local authorities to remove vehicles for sale which are parked on the highway or adjacent...

      Vehicles for Sale

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what powers are available to local authorities to remove vehicles for sale which are parked on the highway or adjacent greenswards.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place since the Afghan conflict with the US Administration concerning the possible transfer of UK...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the result of the invasion of Afghanistan by the coalition on the change on the amount of land...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter, dated 28 May, from the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute regarding Julian Gilbey.

      EU Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the United Kingdom's opt-out from the Schengen agreement will be maintained in the proposed Constitutional Treaty for the...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the EU directives implemented by the Department since 8 June 2001.

      EU Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his oral statement of 9 July 2003, Official Report, column 1207, on the communitisation of foreign and security...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with President Kirchner of Argentina at the progressive governance conference concerning sovereignty...

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to propose that Brazil be given a permanent seat at the Security Council of the UN.

      Global Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 12 May 2003, Official Report, column 77W, on global conflict prevention pool, what progress has been...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what conditions are applied to British detainees in Camp Delta receiving food parcels.

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times the Government has asked for the return of British prisoners in Guantanamo Bay to Britain; when the most recent...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the sale of national assets in Iraq by the Coalition provisional administration.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made with establishing the interim authority in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials the Provisional Coalition Administration has in the British controlled sector of Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Department has received from the Russian government on the re-establishment of the electrical power...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when Ministers were informed that the CIA had counselled the Security and Intelligence Services against including material...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the head of MI6 met Mr. John Humphrys of the BBC since 1 May; who authorised each meeting; and for what purpose each...

      IT Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Foreign Office spent on IT (a) licences, (b) maintenance, (c) software and (d) hardware in the last financial year.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Israeli Government and (b) the Palestinian Authority regarding the...

      Montserrat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many police officers there are per head of population in Montserrat.

      Nuclear Weapons (Monitoring)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what international system of monitoring in which the United Kingdom participates relates to material which may be used for...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a Minister in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office last visited St. Helena; and who the Minister was.

      United Nations Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the implications for the representation of British interests at the UN of the appointment of a...

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will make available to Clare Anyango and her sponsor Michael Meadows, the explanatory statement of the reasons for the...

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visa cases the Minister responsible for entry clearance has overturned since 2001.

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many family visit visa applications were (a) allowed and (b) refused during the last 12 months at High Commission offices in...

      Visa Facilities (Pakistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when full visa facilities will be reintroduced in the Pakistan offices.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to her answer of 16 June 2003, Official Report, column 117W, on control of asbestos, if she will list the buildings which have been identified as containing...

    • Director of Public Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General when a successor to Sir David Calvert-Smith as Director of Public Prosecutions will be announced.

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many staff in the Department have been on long-term sick leave in each of the last two years.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2003, Official Report, column 548W, on animal testing, what factors underlay the underspend in the budget...

    • British Overseas Territories

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

      Carlile Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Government's response to the Carlile report.

      Contingency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last met (a) Cabinet colleagues, (b) the Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator and (c) the Chairman of the Joint Intelligence...

      Contingency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training and instructions have been issued to (a) ambulance crews, (b) paramedics, (c) GPs, (d) accident and emergency staff, (e) fire...

      Contingency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what equipment has been issued to (a) ambulance crews, (b) paramedics, (c) GPs, (d) accident and emergency staff, (e) fire services and (f)...

      Contingency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the optimum treatment time for radioisotope contamination in the event of a radiological bomb.

      Corporate Manslaugher

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the regulatory impact assessment concerning the proposed new offence of corporate manslaughter has been completed; and if he will...

      Corporate Manslaugher

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which industries in the private sector were selected for the regulatory impact assessment for the new offence of corporate manslaughter; on...

      Corporate Manslaugher

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is in relation to (a) Crown immunity and (b) who should conduct prosecution inquiries in relation to the proposed offence of...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what financial support is provided by Government to the Criminal Records Bureau; when the Bureau expects to become self-financing; and what...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timetable is for taking forward the recommendations of the Independent Review of the Criminal Records Bureau.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the revenue gained as a result of the proposed increase to disclosure fees for standard and enhanced disclosures...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for redeployment of members of his Department out of London and the South East.

      DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of those recorded on the national DNA database has a criminal conviction.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many class A drug supply offenders there are for every 10,000 residents in (a) the UK, (b) the west midlands and (c) Coventry; (2)...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of defendants sentenced to a drugs treatment and testing order re-offended during the currency of the order in each year...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the number of offenders with drug problems who enter treatment.

      Holloway Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many girls under 18 were held in custody in Holloway Prison in each of the last 12 months, broken down by age.

      IT Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much he spent on IT (a) maintenance, (b) licences, (c) software and (d) hardware in the last financial year.

      IT Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what major IT projects with a value in excess of £10,000 he authorised expenditure on in each of the last three financial years.

      Naturalisation Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many naturalisation applications his Department is dealing with.

      Operation Corolla

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what intelligence Operation Corolla of 13 November 2002 in Gwent, Dyfed-Powys and Gloucestershire was based.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to build more prisons; what the cost of the construction programme is; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the construction of new prisons at Ashford and Peterborough was ordered.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost was in 2002–03 of imprisoning an offender for one year; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the provision of education courses in prisons; (2) what plans he has to contract out education courses...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the most overcrowded prison is; what the ratio of cells to prisoners is in that prison; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the ratio of staff to prisoners was in each year since 1990; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he is taking to tackle the number of suicides in prisons.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men over 65 and (b) women over 60 are held in prisons in England and Wales.

      Royal Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions on royal security at Buckingham Palace he has held with Palace authorities.

      Telecommunications Masts

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

      Vignettes Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reason was for the delay in the vignettes programme announcement; and if he will make a statement.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many out of country work permits have been granted in the first six months of 2003; and what (a) the primary occupations were for...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders were placed on Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programmes, broken down by region, 2002–03.

  • Scotland

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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.

    • Dover House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the future of Dover House.

      Dover House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what revised guidelines have been issued in respect of Scottish Executive use of Dover House.

      Energy Efficiency

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

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with colleagues in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about the legislative competencies covered by the draft European...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the total value of assets and illegal gains confiscated from criminals is in Scotland since the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 came into effect.

      Scotland Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many Ministers there were in the Scottish Office and Scotland Office in each year since 1996.

      Scotland Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the Scotland Office is a Department of State.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the salary bill was for special advisers in her Department in 2002–03; and what it is expected to be in 2003–04.

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff are employed by his Department.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when his departmental strategy for sustainable development will be published; and what steps are being taken to take forward the actions outlined.

      Sustainable Development

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

      Sustainable Development

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

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which United Kingdom commitments arising from the World Summit on Sustainable Development (a) have been incorporated into the Department's existing...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his Department's procurement policy covers timber used on and in the construction of departmental building projects; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2003, Official Report, column 928W, on biofuels, when he will be consulting stakeholders on (a) indicative targets...

    • Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the local institutions which have (a) made bids, (b) received funding and (c) have bids under consideration under the Urban Bus...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with London borough authorities to encourage the creation of cycle lanes within their boroughs; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was to his Department for (a) ministerial cars and drivers, (b) taxis, (c) train travel, (d) the use of helicopters, (e) airline...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for redeployment of members of his Department out of London and the south-east.

      East London Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress on the East London Line Extensions.

      Environmental Appraisals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of the Department's policies have been screened for their environmental impact since June 2001; how many environmental appraisals have been...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the EU directives implemented by the Department since 8 June 2001.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) colleagues in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and (b) counterparts in the European Union about the...

      Helicopter Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the manufacturers provided a report on the on-deck pitch/heave and roll certification of a Super Puma helicopter which rolled over on the West...

      Hybrid Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to expand the scheme of assistance to purchasers of electric-petrol hybrid vehicles to include those private and business motorists...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what major IT projects with a value in excess of £10,000 he authorised expenditure on in each of the last three financial years.

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many outsourced IT contracts have been signed by his Department in each year since 1997; how much each of these contracts is worth; with whom they...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 2 July 2003, Official Report, column 270W, on underground (masks), how many drivers on the London Underground have asthma;...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what environmental safeguards have been put in place to protect the marine environment from damage due to incidents involving uncrewed ships being...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the devolved administrations about concessionary travel schemes; (2) how often he...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions (a) he and (b) each of his ministerial colleagues has used (i) the railways and (ii) a ministerial car in association with...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when (a) he and (b) each of his ministerial colleagues next plan to use the railways in association with official ministerial duties.

      Mobile Phone Masts

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

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was to his Department of mobile phones supplied to Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.

      Motorway Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 9 July 2003, Official Report, column 805W, on motorway accidents, how many of these accidents resulted in the death of a...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of (a) the revenues and (b) the losses of Network Rail stem from the least used 10 per cent. of the railway network.

      Night Flights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment has been made by the Department of the economic cost of removing the ban on night flights at Heathrow airport, in terms of the...

      Overseas Trips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what overseas trips were made by (a) himself, (b) his ministerial team and (c) departmental staff in each month since 1 October 2002, specifying in...

      US Warships (Disposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of towing former US naval ships through the Pentland Firth.

      US Warships (Disposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on proposals to tow former US naval ships through the Pentland Firth en route to Teesside.

      US Warships (Disposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if the UK Administration will exercise its power to prevent the towing of former US naval ships thought to contain toxic chemicals through the Pentland...

      Property Prices (Heathrow Flight Path)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will conduct a review into the economic impact of Heathrow Airport on property prices for residential houses on the flight path; and if he will...

      Ragwort

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what contractual arrangements there are for the clearing of ragwort from highway land along (a) the A21, (b) the A259 and (c) other trunk roads in the...

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 1 July 2003, Official Report, column 190W, on freight grants, how much the Track Access Grants with a Scottish element...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what role signallers play in minimising delays to fast long distance trains.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures will be put in place to prevent train operating companies adopting train crew relief strategies which will stand trains at strategic...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the European rail traffic management system level 2 will be installed on the UK high speed lines; and for what reasons ERTMS level 1 could not be...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how the introduction of the train protection and warning system has affected line capacity in congested areas of the network.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to improve the reliability of the train protection and warning system, with reference to (a) delays to trains running into...

      Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the average length of (a) journey and (b) time taken for train passengers to travel to and from the rail station.

      Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers on average travelled on each diesel multiple unit train journey in the last year for which figures are available.

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what station improvements are planned which are funded under (a) the Rail Passenger Partnership, (b) the Incremental Output Statements and (c) the...

      Road Repairs (Deaths and Injuries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people working on road repairs and improvements over each of the last three years have been (a) injured and (b) killed working on (i)...

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which statutory bodies will be involved in evaluating the potential environmental impacts of (a) route improvements to the A21 between Kippings Cross...

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what representations he has received concerning the (a) projected cost and (b) timeframe of building an A259 Bexhill-Hastings link road; (2)...

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received concerning the A21 from (a) Kippings Cross to Lamberhurst and (b) Flimwell to Robertsbridge.

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the expected start date is for road improvements on the A21 from (a) Kippings Cross to Lamberhurst and (b) Flimwell to Robertsbridge.

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make a statement on progress made by (a) East Sussex county council and (b) statutory environmental bodies in developing the A259...

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list new road construction schemes in East Sussex which have been allocated for design, build, finance and operate funding; and what the...

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the annual expenditure of his Department on public local inquiries in East Sussex was in each of the last 10 years; on what dates each inquiry...

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what improvements are planned for the A259 over the next three years.

      Roads (Hampshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money his Department allocated to Hampshire county council for the maintenance of (a) principal roads and (b) minor roads in Hampshire in (i)...

      Severn Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what tolls are payable when using the Severn Bridges on emergency calls by (a) the Severn Area Rescue Association, (b) HM Coastguards vehicles, (c)...

      South Coast Multi-modal Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the projected cost of each recommendation contained in the South Coast multi modal study is; and what funding has been allocated to taking...

      South Coast Multi-modal Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which recommendations contained in the South Coast multi modal study (a) have been approved, (b) have not been approved and (c) are still awaiting a...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions between 31 March 2002 and 31 March 2003 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an...

      Speed Cameras (M25)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of speed cameras on the M25 are covered with not in use signs, broken down by junction.

      Speed Humps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the impact of speed humps on the (a) environment, (b) suspension systems of motor vehicles and (c) response...

      Speed Humps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidelines he has issued to local authorities in respect of the size, height and positioning of speed humps on roads; and whether he plans changes...

      Strategic Rail Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what revisions have been made to the 10-year strategic rail plan since January.

      Transport Investment (Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his statement of 9 July, on investment in transport, what projects he intends to announce for (a) North Yorkshire and (b) Vale of York.

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the operating costs of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency were in each of the last five years; and how many staff it employed in each year.

      Walking Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what progress he has made against the targets set in the 1997 walking strategy; (2) what recent research he has conducted into the average...

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what additional charges Network Rail will make to express train operators for each express train path, following the upgrade of the west coast main line.

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many extra passengers he estimates will be carried each day on the west coast mainline following the upgrade of the route.

      Written Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many written ministerial statements have been made by the Department since 29 October 2002.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Hare Coursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what rules govern the import of live hares for coursing from the Republic of Ireland into Northern Ireland; and what assessment he has made of...

    • Mental Health Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Mental Health Review will be (a) completed and (b) published; and if he will make a statement.

      North-South Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list (a) the names of those serving on each of the north-south bodies set up under the Belfast Agreement, (b) the terms and...

      Post-primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he last met representatives from the (a) Primary Principals Association of Northern Ireland and (b) Grammar School Principals; and what...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures have been taken to introduce a doorstep recycling service for every household in Northern Ireland.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to ban smoking in public places in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many responses he has received to the Five-Year Tobacco Action Plan consultation document; and if he will make a statement on the responses...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to accelerate the introduction of the tobacco strategy for Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Notifiable Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has commissioned into the effectiveness of legislation covering notifiable diseases; what plans he has to propose changes to this...

    • Old People's Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many state-run old people's homes there are in England; what funding they receive; and what contributions pensioners are expected to make.

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in appraising the drug Memantine for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease;...

      Bush Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the organisms which are known to exist in imported bushmeat; and what the consequences are of infection in humans.

      Cancer Patient Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to repeat the national cancer patient survey which was published in 2002; and what the planned timetable is.

      Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on improving information given to patients following diagnosis of cancer with respect to (a) prognosis, (b) probability of the cancer...

      Cardiology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times have been in each of the last six years for cardiology appointments; and if he will make a statement.

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact on human health of textile and leather finishing treatments; what advice has been given to the public relating...

      Child Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the relationship between rates of obesity in children and levels of physical activity.

      Child Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken in Shrewsbury and Atcham to reduce obesity in children in Shrewsbury and Atcham.

      Clinical Devices (Bacteraemia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the classes of clinical device which are most closely linked with bacteraemia.

      Clinical Devices (Bacteraemia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of catheter associated urinary tract infection in each of the last three years.

      Clinical Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will hold an inquiry into the use of single use instruments for tonsillectomies.

      Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 10 July, Official Report, column 1002W, on the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health, what the non staff costs...

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 many...

      Contraception Pill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women have taken an emergency contraception pill in the last year.

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what cushion funding is included in the delayed discharge grant for each local authority for 2003–04.

      Delayed Discharges

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

      Departmental Policies (Pendle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for redeployment of members of his Department out of London and the South East.

      Drug Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were referred by their GP for drug addiction treatment in the last two years.

      Drug Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the waiting time targets for (a) in-patient detoxification, (b) community prescribing by specialist, (c) community prescribing by GP, (d)...

      Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the nurse reporting figures for adverse drug reactions were for each month since the scheme started, broken down by those under the (a) e-yellow card...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the maximum travelling distance is for patients with anorexia to travel to specialist health care services.

      Entitlement Card Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the Home Office about the (a) possible introduction of an entitlement card scheme, (b) the use to which such...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the EU directives implemented by the Department since 8 June 2001.

      EU Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what level of priority is given to rheumatoid arthritis under EU Framework Programme 6; (2) if he will list the funding areas for medical research...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) colleagues in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and (b) counterparts in the European Union about the legislative...

      Fluoridation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to make fluoridation of the water supply compulsory.

      Fraudulent Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation has been carried out into the success of financial rewards for the identification of fraudulent prescriptions.

      Fraudulent Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost to the NHS of fraudulent prescriptions was in each of the last five years in (a) the UK, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Coventry.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs with Special Interests are working in (a) the UK and (b) South Sefton Primary Care Trust; and how many he estimates will be working in the UK...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to recruit more general practitioners in the London Borough of Havering; and if he will make a statement on GP numbers in the Borough.

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the health and safety regime in NHS buildings; what plans he has to change the system; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which areas service level agreements are not yet signed to ensure that the central Health Protection Agency is receiving the information it needs to...

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on coverage of food, water, environmental and microbiology testing for the purposes of public health since the...

      Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on ending of the Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System; and what discussions he has had with the Department of Trade...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Belfast, East of 3 July, Official Report, column 1425W, on hospital infections, (1) how many cases were...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the architecture, physical construction and design of hospitals on preventing the spread of...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nosocomial deaths and (b) cases of necrotising fasciitis there were in the NHS in (i) England and (ii) each NHS region in each year since 1997.

      Hospitals (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to assess the (a) capital and (b) revenue requirements of hospitals within Portsmouth; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Hospitals (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to help ensure that Queen Alexandra hospital, Portsmouth, is able to achieve the status of three-star foundation level within the next...

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many outsourced IT contracts have been signed by his Department in each year since 1997; how much each of these contracts is worth; with whom they are...

      Measles and Mumps Vaccines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the quantity of single (a) measles and (b) mumps vaccines imported by GPs and private healthcare providers in the last year.

      Medical Assessment Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received about (a) overcrowding, (b) inadequate facilities and (c) mixed sex accommodation and toilet facilities in medical...

      Medical Assessment Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of stay in medical assessment units in the NHS in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority has been ...

      Medical Assessment Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is available to the NHS on the provision of senior staff to supervise medical assessment units; what monitoring is undertaken by his...

      Medical Assessment Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) average and (b) maximum waiting times for admission to medical assessment units in (i) England and (ii) each strategic health...

      National Care Standards Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the budget of the National Care Standards Commission was spent on the inspection of independent boarding schools belonging to the (a)...

      National Fruit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the maintained nursery schools in (a) London and (b) the West Midlands so far excluded from the National School Fruit scheme are...

      NHS Patient Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what rights an NHS patient has to know the professional qualifications of an NHS employee responsible for his care; how a patient can exercise such...

      Nosocomial Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the risk of nosocomial infections in medical assessment units; and what guidance has been given to the NHS on this issue.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 4 July 2003 to the hon. Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham (Mr. Marsden), Official Report, columns 529–30W, on childhood...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes relating to obesity there were in each region in each year since 1997.

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 10 July 2003, Official Report, columns 1013–14W, on older people, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Overseas Medical Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the standard waiting period is before being able to use NHS funds to seek medical treatment abroad.

      Overseas Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what income the NHS has received from payments from overseas patients that are not eligible for free treatment for each of the years since 1997.

      Overseas Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of overseas patients who have received free medical treatment for which they have not been eligible in...

      Pain Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) whole time equivalent posts and (b) vacancies for (i) consultants, (ii) specialist registrars, (iii) senior house officers, (iv) nurses and...

      Papilloma Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the results of the three human papilloma virus implementation pilots now being undertaken; and what progress is being made in the HPV...

      Pathology Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his plans are for the future inspection of pathology laboratories.

      Patient Advice and Liaison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 10 July 2003, Official Report, columns 1041–12W, on the Patient Advocacy and Liaison Service, what the methodology was for...

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library the records which he holds of the number of plastic surgery procedures broken down by category carried out in each year...

      Professions Allied to Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) occupational therapists, (b) speech and language therapists and (c) physiotherapists (i) began and (ii) finished training in each year since 1997.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of links between high-dose zinc supplements and prostate cancer in men.

      Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the efficacy of using glycyrrhizin in treating severe acute respiratory syndrome.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has developed a model to assess the impact of waiting times on sexual health outcomes; and if he will make a statement.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outcome was of the audit of genito-urinary medicine waiting times; and if he will make a statement.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether additional resources are being invested to improve genito-urinary medicine services in the current financial year; and if he will make a statement.

      Sporting Injuries (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were admitted to the Royal Shrewsbury hospital last year with sporting injuries, broken down by sporting type.

      Stroke Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of stroke patients were under 18 in each year since 1997.

      Stroke Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of stroke patients were treated in a specialist unit in each strategic health authority, in each year since 1997; (2) how many...

      Stroke Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many stroke physicians there are in hospital trusts; and if he will make a statement.

      Stroke Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the cost of strokes to the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Stroke Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what monitoring is in place to ensure that NHS trusts have reviewed hospital services for stroke using the clinical audit methodology developed by...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the operation of tanning salons following health education authority guidelines which recommend that nobody under the...

      Telecommunications Masts

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

      Toothpaste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of toothpaste sold in the UK contained fluoride in the last 12 months.

      Tranquillisers/Anti-depressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations the UK has made to the European Medicines Evaluation Agency's review of anti-depressant drugs; (2) what steps the UK's...

      Tuberculosis

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

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he has taken with respect to the discovery in March that chief executives of some hospitals had altered waiting list figures.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 9 April 2003, Official Report, column 334W, on waiting times, whether anyone waited for more than 24 months for cancer treatment.

      Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the update of the Wanless report announced in the Budget will include a full examination of the long-term trends in social care, as recommended by...

      Welfare Food Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the impact of the changes to the Welfare Food Scheme on (a) disadvantaged parents and (b) other client groups.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the implementation of the working time directive on junior hospital doctors.

      Written Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many written ministerial statements have been made by the Department since 29 October 2002.

  • House of Lords

    • PEACE I Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which European Union PEACE I funded programmes have been reported to, or investigated by, the Government's Internal Audit Service; in which cases irregularities...

    • Departments of State: Faith Advisers/Units

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which departments of state have faith advisers or units.

      Departments of State: Diversity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which departments of state have failed to reach their employment targets for minority ethnic staff and women at senior levels of the civil service; and what new...

      Departments of State: Diversity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What minority ethnic staff networks exist in different departments of state; what financial support is given to each; and what benefits have been accrued to date.

      House of Lords Appointments Commission: 2000–03 Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to lay the first report of the House of Lords Appointment Commission for 2000–03 before Parliament.

      Northern Ireland: Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any encouragement will be given to local government councils in Northern Ireland to take action against those who sell tobacco products to minors and what...

      Northern Ireland: Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to reduce smoking in public places in Northern Ireland.

      Acts of Parliament since 1997: Prohibited Activities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list each activity that has been banned by Acts of Parliament introduced by the Government since 1997.

      Iraq: Dossier

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the procedure was for approving and publishing the dossier entitled Iraq—Its infrastructure of Concealment, Deception and Intimidation; and which...

      Ministerial Committees of the Cabinet

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Prime Minister will publish the full membership and terms of reference of ministerial committees of the Cabinet.

      Crown Prosecution Service: Annual Report 2002–03

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Director of Public Prosecutions will publish his annual report.

      Panel Counsel Review Group

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Attorney-General will publish the review of his current panels of junior counsel to the Crown?

      Africa: Small Arms Control

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are helping the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) states and governments in the Great Lakes region of Africa to develop effective...

      Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider the current situation in Zimbabwe is one of peace and security in the sense in which those terms were used by the G8 nations in regard to...

      Burma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have information that the Burmese military are committing against the Karen, Karenni and Shan people in Burma any or all of the following crimes under...

      Guantanamo Bay: British Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have requested or intend to request the United States Government to extradite British citizens detained in Guantanamo Bay to face trial in this...

      Guantanamo Bay: British Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United States has provided them with evidence indicating that British citizens detained in Guantanamo Bay have committed terrorist or other serious...

      British Nationals in Foreign Prisons: FCO Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are changing their policy on visits to British nationals in prison overseas.

      US Alien Tort Statute: British Companies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their position on the cases that have been brought under the United States' Alien Tort Statute against British companies in relation to their activities in...

      Cayman Islands: Appointment ofAttorney-General

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a new Attorney-General for the Cayman Islands has been appointed.

      Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the next report to Parliament on Hong Kong and the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

      Iraq: Prisoners Captured by British Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 30 June (WA 63), whether they will give an assurance that no prisoners captured by British forces in Iraq, and...

      Iraq: Action to Incapacitate Weapons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) What action they or their allies took in Iraq before the outbreak of war to incapacitate all known scud missiles, similar weapons or other weapons of mass...

      Iraq: Refrigerated Containers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the first order for refrigerated containers for British military use in Iraq on operation TELIC was placed; whether it was fulfilled; and, if not, why not.

      Challenger 2 Tanks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Challenger 2 tanks currently exist at the Royal Armoured Corps training establishments and at the British Army Training Unit Suffield; how many are in the...

      Army Personnel Centre: Key Targets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What key targets have been set for Army Personnel Centre for financial year 2003–04.

      Training Group Defence Agency: Key Targets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What key targets have been set for the Training Group Defence Agency for financial year 2003–04.

      Army Training and Recruitment Agency: Key Targets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What key targets have been set for Army Training and Recruiting Agency for financial year 2003–04.

      Service Children's Education: Targets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What key targets have been set for Service Children's Education for financial year 2003–04.

      Military Low Flying: Annual Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the military low flying annual report.

      Afghanistan: National Army

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contribution they are making to the recruitment and training of soldiers for the new Afghan army; under what timetable; and with what results.

      Armed Forces Pay: X Factor

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the working hours, unsocial hours and operational commitments of the Armed Forces, whether they will ensure the X factor is renewed by the Armed Forces...

      Service Personnel: Return from the Gulf

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to mark the return of Service personnel from the Gulf.

      Military Vehicles: Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle and Future Command and Liaison Vehicle

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the status is of the multi-role armoured vehicle and the future command and liaison vehicle programmes.

      Ministry of Defence: Disposals Process

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to conduct a business review of the disposals process carried out by the Ministry of Defence.

      Racial Discrimination: UK and EC Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 24 June (WA 11), what they consider to be the reasons why the European Commission and the...

      Racial Discrimination: UK and EC Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek to amend the Race Relations Directive so as to ensure that it contains express language defining racial discrimination to include...

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000: Public Bodies Compliance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many compliance notices have been issued by the Commission for Racial Equality to public bodies which are not meeting their statutory duty under the Race...

      Biometric Identification

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the Home Office's decison to pilot the collection of biometric data from Sri Lankan nationals applying for United Kingdom visas, how and where the...

      Temporary Protection: EU Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the expiry of the deadline for implementation of European Union Directive 2001/55 on Temporary Protection in the event of a mass influx of displaced...

      Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002: Coercive Information Powers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of the public consultation on the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002: Coercive Information Powers.

      Criminal Justice System Public Service Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they plan to publish the technical note for their public service agreement (PSA) target to improve public confidence in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and...

      UK Passport Service: Annual Report and Accounts 2002–03

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the annual report of the UK Passport Service will be published.

      Forensic Science Service: Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they plan to carry out a review of the Forensic Science Service (FSS).

      Scientific Procedures on Living Animals: 2002 Statistics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the statistics for 2002 on scientific procedures on living animals will be published.

      Asylum Support Adjudicators

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to review the pay for Asylum Support Adjudicators.

      Assets Recovery Agency: Annual Report 2002–03

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they plan to publish the first annual report of the Assets Recovery Agency.

      Voluntary and Community Sector: Government Relations Compact

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they plan to publish the report of the annual meeting to review the compact on relations between government and the voluntary and community sector.

      Housing: Local Authority Subsidy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each local housing authority in England that administers its own housing stock, what is the average housing subsidy or negative housing subsidy per dwelling,...

      CAFCASS: Annual Report and Accounts 2002–03

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service's annual report and accounts for 2002–03.

      Magistrates' Courts: Annual Report 2002–03

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish an annual report on the work of the magistrates' courts in England and Wales.

      Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 22 May (WA 107), what are the "greater environmental benefits" of bioethanol produced from...

      Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have held with companies which have the resources to produce in the United Kingdom the amounts of biofuels necessary to meet the European...

      Motorways: Congestion and Sensitive Lorry Miles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Statement on transport investment by the Secretary of State for Transport on 9 July (HC Deb, col. 1175), what is the congestion category attributed...

      Car Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the question by the Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes on 23 June (HL Deb, col. 7), whether they will take steps to compel car owners to display a disc...

      Scottish Peerage Claims: Ministerial Responsibility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Minister now has responsibility for the handling of pre-Union Scottish Peerage claims.

      Post-16 Full-time Students

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With respect to each of the following in England and Wales: (a) comprehensive schools; (b) secondary modern schools; (c) grammar schools; (d) independent schools;...

      Government Economic Services: Salary Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 23 June (WA 5), why the annual salary cost of the 800 economists employed by the Government...

      European Capital of Culture 2008

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in building on the ideas submitted as bids in the competition for European Capital of Culture 2008.

      Council for Science and Technology: Quinquennial Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the outcome of the quinquennial review of the Council for Science and Technology.

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Model Constitution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the model constitution in relation to governance structures for National Health Service foundation trusts.

      Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities: Supporting Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many staff are supporting adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities in residential care in the United Kingdom; and How many staff are supporting...

      Disabled Living Foundation:Self-assessment Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent correspondence Ministers in the Department of Health have had with the Disabled Living Foundation further to the ministerial announcement that the...

      Fluoridation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the incidence of dental caries in children is higher in the non-fluoridated cities in France, Germany, Italy and Sweden than in broadly comparable cities...

      Commission for Health Improvement: Annual Report 2002–03

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the Commission for Health Improvement's 2002–03 annual report.

      NHS Pensions Agency: Annual Report 2002–03

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the 2002–03 annual report and accounts of the National Health Service Pensions Agency.

      NHS Pensions Agency: Quinquennial Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the outcome was of the quinquennial review of the National Health Service Pensions Agency.

      Health Select Committee Fifth Report: Government Response

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish their response to the fifth report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Health, on the control of entry regulations and retail...

      Independent Complaints Advocacy Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements will be made for the provision of independent complaints advocacy services in September 2003.

      Dairy Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will estimate the annual monetary value in United States dollars of gross transfer at the farm gate through prices higher than world level applied to...

      Plywood

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the imported content of plywood used in the United Kingdom over the last five years; whether some grades are being made from home-grown timber or...

      Wooden Flooring: Home-grown Timber

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether greater use could be made of home-grown timber in the production of wooden flooring; and, if so, what action they will take.

      Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What specific production is given to areas of outstanding natural beauty to prevent leisure developments from proceeding; and Which bodies are responsible for...

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