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Written answers

Monday, 8 September 2003

  • Defence

    • Clansman Radio System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received on the performance of Clansman radio systems in Iraq.

    • Medical Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much money was paid for (a) private and (b) NHS medical treatment of service personnel in each calendar year since 1997.

      Services Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many trainees have been (a) killed and (b) injured in the last 10 years; and in each case what the type of training being undertaken and the cause of...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

  • Health

    • Adverse Reactions to Drugs (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children suffered adverse effects last year from prescribed drugs that required hospital treatment.

    • Cancer Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with strategic health authorities and primary care trusts to ensure cancer is treated as a primary care priority...

      Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the latest average waiting time is from referral to (a) imaging treatment, (b) endoscopy treatment and (c) radiotherapy treatment for NHS cancer patients.

      Cosmetic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to ensure that cosmetic surgery clinics check the qualifications and expertise of the surgeons they employ.

      Emergency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards training (a) general practitioners, (b) staff at NHS Direct and (c) accident and emergency staff to spot outbreaks of...

      Healthcare-associated Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the targeted action plans for healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance as set out...

      Hospital Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the traffic light league tables for hospital cleanliness; what plans he has to change the system; and...

      Hospital Laundry Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals do not have laundry facilities on site; and whether he intends to require all hospitals to have internal laundries.

      Hospital Laundry Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has for requiring nurses and medical staff to keep their uniforms at work to be laundered after each use rather than travelling to work...

      Maternity Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent midwives were employed in the NHS in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Maternity Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms the NHS has for offering homebirth and natural birthing opportunities to expectant mothers.

      Maternity Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the numbers of consultant obstetricians in labour units in the NHS; what guidelines he has issued on the (a)...

      Maternity Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of babies born per bed per day in labour units in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority has been in each year since 1997.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) foreign and (b) UK visits he has made since 1 April; what the cost was to public funds of each trip; who he met; and what gifts...

      Neurology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2003, Official Report, column 541W, on neurological registrars, how many senior house officers specialising in neurology...

      NHS Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) nurses and (b) doctors in NHS hospitals were paid on average in 1997; and what they are paid now.

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's research into the use of riluzole for the treatment of motor neurone disease.

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's research into the diagnosis, management and treatment of Parkinson's...

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's research into the use of (a) lamotrigine, (b) vigabatrin, (c) gabapentin,...

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's research into the use of (a) memantine, (b) donepezil, (c) rivastigmine...

      Radiographers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole time equivalent radiographers were working in the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of health and improvement modernisation plans set out a policy on rough sleepers.

      Smallpox and TB Vaccines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with companies involved in the bidding process for contracts to supply (a) smallpox vaccines and (b) TB vaccines;...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were waiting (a) 0–4 weeks, (b) 4–13 weeks, (c) 13–17 weeks, (d) 17–21 weeks, (e) 21–26 weeks and (f) more...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government E-services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his additional duties as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster encompass the Government's UK online agenda responsibilities.

    • Government E-services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what action he is taking to make more on-line Government services available to people over 65.

      Government E-services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the recommendations made by the Comptroller and Auditor General in the February report on offering Government services...

      Government E-services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on progress made in ensuring that all Government services are available on-line by 2005.

      Government E-services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the number of users in (a) the UK and (b) other countries who access Government services through the internet.

      Government E-services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what action he is taking to encourage more people to access Government services through the internet.

  • Scotland

    • Caledonian MacBrayne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what assessment he has made of the part played by Caledonian MacBrayne in supporting island economies; (2) when he last met the Secretary of...

    • Campbeltown-Ballycastle Ferry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment has been made of the effectiveness of Government support for the Campbeltown to Ballycastle ferry service.

      Electoral Boundaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has received from the Scottish Executive on difficulties arising out of non-coterminous electoral boundaries in Scotland.

      Regional Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on regional gross value added statistics.

      Robin Rigg Wind Farm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he was consulted by the Scottish Executive before their decision not to grant a public inquiry on the Robin Rigg wind farm.

      Rosyth Ferry Terminal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment has been made of the impact of the Rosyth ferry terminal traffic on the economies of (a) Fife and (b) Scotland.

      Scotland Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to amend the Scotland Act 1998 in respect of representation by elected members; and if he will make a statement.

  • Advocate-General for Scotland

    • Engagements

      To ask the Advocate-General how many official Scotland Office engagements she has undertaken in the last 12 months.

  • Prime Minister

    • Boundary Commission for Scotland

      To ask the Prime Minister whether it is his policy that the fifth periodic review of the Boundary Commission for Scotland should be effected before the next general election.

    • Chechnya

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he raised the issue of unauthorised killings by Russians in Chechnya when he met President Putin in June.

      Downing Street Staff (Security Clearance)

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 16 July to the hon. Member for New Forest, East ref. 126089, to what level of clearance Downing Street officials, whose roles may include...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish the text of the amendments to the draft European Union Constitution which are sought by the United Kingdom.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the support expressed by Chechen leader Aslam Maskhadov for the US and UK decision to invade Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 15 July 2003, Official Report, column 173W, on Iraq, what percentage of the total volume of the second dossier he estimates was taken from the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library the full text of the legal opinion of the Attorney-General in relation to the war in Iraq.

      Israel

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the recent detention of John Morgan from West Belfast in Israel.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on age discrimination.

    • Autism Spectrum Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will amend the eligibility criteria for disability benefits for people with autism spectrum disorders.

      Child Support (Consolatory Payments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency cases have been referred for consideration for consolatory payments in the last year, broken down by month; how...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 16 June 2003 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. M. Willingham.

      Employers' Liability Compulsory Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the progress of the work being carried out by his Department on employers' liability compulsory insurance.

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate the Department has made of the eligibility for receipt of the minimum income guarantee among the elderly in the UK; and what his...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 10 July 2003, Official Report, column 979W, on pension credit, whether a pensioner who purchases an annuity after...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much he estimates the average pension credit recipient will receive in pension credit payments per year.

      Tax Credit Claims Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average time taken to complete claim form TC 600; and what useability tests his Department has undertaken for...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Awards for All (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she last received representations from the Scottish Executive on the operation of Awards for All in Scotland; and if she will make...

    • BBC Freeview

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the proportion of the population of (a) the UK and (b) Scotland who are unable to receive BBC Freeview...

      Channels 4 and 5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the proportion of the UK population who are able to receive (a) Channel 4 and (b) Channel 5.

      Community Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to simplify the system of applying for Community Fund grants.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has for redeployment of members of her Department out of London and the South East.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) special advisers, (b) press officers, (c) civil servants, (d) advisers to civil servants and (e) permanent staff were...

      Environmental Impact

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of the Department's policies have been screened for their environmental impact since June 2001; how many environmental...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the EU directives implemented by the Department since 8 June 2001.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the objective will be of the good cause to be helped by the new lottery fund which will supersede the Community Fund and the New...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what interim arrangements she intends to put in place for the creation of the new lottery fund which will supersede the Community Fund...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total balance held by each of the Lottery distributors was on 17 July; and if she will make a statement.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to review the system whereby projects can only be supported by the National Lottery for a set period of time.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her projected timescale for implementing common branding for National Lottery supported projects.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff are employed on the Young People's Fund of the National Lottery.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the proportion of National Lottery ticket sales made to (a) the young and (b) low income groups.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the extent of (a) overlap and (b) duplication in the work of the (i) Community Fund and (ii) New...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her policy on designating a National Lottery Day.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the options being considered for giving the devolved Administrations more influence over how National...

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total salary budget is of OFCOM.

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether a formal review of the work of the Playing Fields Monitoring Group is planned.

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the next set of playing field statistics will be published; and whether these will include comparative statistics for the last two...

      Public Service Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public service contracts were awarded by her Department (a) in total and (b) to small and medium enterprises in each year since...

      Scottish Land Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of future demand for grants from the Scottish Land Fund.

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's policy is on employing secondees from the private sector; how many secondees from the (a) private and (b) public...

      Supporters Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money she has given to Supporters Direct to promote more democratic participation in the management of football clubs; and what...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action the Government are taking to make the British tourism industry more competitive.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what contribution in percentage terms was made by tourism in the South West to GDP in each financial year since 1997.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many tourists from overseas visited the South West in each financial year since 1997; and what percentage of overseas tourists to...

      TV Licences (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people have television licences in Northern Ireland.

      TV Licences (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many prosecutions there were in 2002 for failure to hold a television licence in Northern Ireland.

      World Sports Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to promote the United Kingdom as a venue for world sports events.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • No Win, No Fee Cases

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the implications for the insurance industry of legal costs in relation to no win, no fee cases.

    • EU Directives

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the EU directives implemented by the Department and its predecessors since 8 June 2001.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) colleagues in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and (b) counterparts in the...

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what research he has commissioned into judicial appointments since Judicial Appointments: the European and North American...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the (a) foreign and (b) UK visits the Secretary of State has made since 1st April; what...

      Office for the Supervision of Solicitors

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when he established the most recent review of the work of the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors.

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many unsuccessful judicial appeals against fixed term exclusions from secondary schools in the UK have proceeded to...

      Taylor House

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many cases were dealt with at Taylor House on Monday 14 July.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his plans are for affordable housing in the South West region; and whether he plans to increase investment in the region in the next comprehensive spending...

    • Communities Plan

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the numbers of trained people needed in the building industry with reference to the Communities Plan; and if he will...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the EU directives implemented by the Department since 8 June 2001.

      Green Burial Sites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to issue planning policy guidance to local authorities on green burial sites.

      Homeless Population

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has received on the (a) size and (b) condition of the homeless population.

      Local Authority Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many whole-time equivalent staff posts there were in each local authority in England in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Leader of the House

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will list the (a) foreign and (b) UK visits he has made since 1 April; what the cost was to public funds of each trip; whom he met; and what gifts were received.

    • Written Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Leader of the House how many written ministerial statements were made on each day during the 2002–03 Session.

  • Wales

    • Consultation Documents

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

    • NHS Treatment Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and the Welsh Assembly concerning a definition for an unreasonable period of delay for...

      Race Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what progress has been made in his Department and non-departmental public bodies on implementing the requirements of the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000;...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces (Logistic Support)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps he has taken to enhance the cost-effectiveness of the logistic support to the armed forces.

    • Royal Navy (Procurement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the progress on the procurement of new ships for the Royal Navy.

      Armed Forces (Register of Electors)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to ensure that service men and women are aware of the requirement to renew their entry on the armed forces register...

      Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on expenditure on improvements and furnishings for the accommodation assigned to commanding officers; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces (Electoral Registration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to ensure that members of Her Majesty's armed forces are aware of the new requirement to register to vote on an annual basis.

      Armed Forces (Electoral Registration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures have been put in place to facilitate annual entry on the Service register of electors for Servicemen and women who are overseas or on...

      Armed Forces (Electoral Registration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of HM armed forces were registered to vote on the Service register of electors in each of the last three years.

      Armed Forces (Community Support)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to maintain a military presence in each area of the UK for the purposes of (a) recruitment and (b) community support.

      Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether all front line unit personnel serving on Operation Telic had body armour before combat operations started; (2) what kind of body armour...

      Bosnia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are to further reduce the number of troops serving in Bosnia.

      Drinking Water Coolant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision was made during (a) TELIC 1 and (b) TELIC 2 for the provision of drinking water coolant.

      Drummore Harbour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he next plans to dredge Drummore harbour; and for what reason the timescale has been changed.

      Entertainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he has entertained Labour hon. Members at public expense in the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his plans are for increasing the recruitment of women to the armed services; whether he has set a target; and if he will make a statement.

      European Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the European Rapid Reaction Force.

      HMS St. Albans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much it cost to repair HMS St. Albans; what costs were recovered from the ferry company involved; and if he will make a statement.

      Hydrographic and Oceanographic Survey Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the extent to which his Department's PFI partner, Vosper Thornycroft, was responsible for the delay in the building of (a)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers have been airlifted out of Iraq suffering from heat exhaustion.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on measures to secure Iraq's borders.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the dates and circumstances of civilian deaths in (a) Basra and (b) Umm Qasr since 20 March which have involved British military personnel.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) armed Services personnel, (b) other non-Iraqi personnel and (c) Iraqi personnel are involved in maintaining peace and law and order in Iraq;...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Military Policemen are deployed in Iraq; what their role is; and if he will make a statement on what protection is afforded to them whilst...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the intelligence sources to which reference is made in the section on intelligence, at page 15 of his Department's recent report on first...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are for the installation of air conditioning at Ministry of Defence troop bases in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Government's reply to the 56th Report from the Public Accounts Committee, Session 2001–02, what measures were taken, prior to the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civil servants are in Iraq searching for weapons of mass destruction; and when they were sent.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of British forces in Iraq are engaged in making safe unexploded ordnance; how many devices have been disarmed; and what other agencies...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what British resources have been devoted to investigating deaths by friendly fire during the Iraq conflict, broken down by number of people investigating...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action he is taking to protect recently discovered mass graves in Iraq.

      Maintenance Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how often audits are made of maintenance programmes (a) involving Ministry of Defence agencies and (b) with outside contractors.

      Military Police Training School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role the Royal Military Police Training School has played in supporting civilian services in emergencies in West Sussex in the last six years; and...

      Shoeburyness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints about noise caused by explosions at Shoeburyness were received in each of the last 20 years from residents living in (a) Maldon...

      Oshkosh Transporters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many kilometres on average an armoured brigade moves in 24 hours; and what the equivalent figures will be after the introduction of the Oshkosh...

      P2000 Coastal Training Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his plans are for the deployment and utilisation of P2000 coastal training craft; and whether further vessels will be used for patrolling duties.

      RAF Chilmark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the cost of clearing ordnance and contaminated land from the site of RAF Chilmark; and whether the land will be disposed of without...

      RAF Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether an RAF Policeman has the same level of training at the completion of Phase 2 as an Army Military Policeman to deal with (a) theft, (b) assault,...

      Rifles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost was to his Department to make the modifications to the SA80 rifle to bring it to SA80A2 standard; and how many SA80A2 rifles are in...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected cost and commissioning date of auxiliary oilers (a) Wave Knight and (b) Wave Ruler were when the contract was let; what the date of...

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cadets from university Royal Naval units have joined the Royal Navy in each year since 1997.

      Service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what proposals he has to make all methods of contact with families free for all armed services personnel; (2) by what methods servicemen are able...

      Service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) Service personnel of officer rank, (b) Service personnel of other ranks, (c) industrial civilian personnel and (d) non-industrial...

      Sir John Moore Barracks (Winchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will make an announcement regarding the site at Sir John Moore Barracks in Winchester, and if he will make a statement.

      Strategic Defence Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures are being taken to improve the ability of Britain's armed forces to be more rapidly deployable as set out in the strategic defence review.

      Suez Canal (Medals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects UK veterans of the Suez Canal Zone military operations in the 1950s to receive their campaign medals.

      Target Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which ships his Department has used for target practice during the past five years.

      Trained Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Answer of 11th July, Official Report, column 1033W, on trained personnel, what research his Department has carried out into the numbers...

      US Military Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which military sites in the UK are leased to the US Government; when each military base was first leased; what the date for termination is in each...

      US Military Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the arrangements are for the storage and possible deployment of nuclear weapons from military bases leased to the United States Government.

      US Military Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether an individual accused of trespass onto a military base in the UK leased to the United States Government will be tried by (a) US and (b)...

      War Pensions (East Devon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are in receipt of war and war widows' pensions in East Devon.

      Warship Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Royal Navy warships are at sea without their full complement.

  • Home Department

    • Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to enable pensioners to participate more fully in community activities

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications have been made in Northern Ireland since 1 January.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers he has to ensure that the Law Society complies in full with requests by the Immigration Services Commissioner for disclosure of...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Glasgow Shettleston to the MPCS section of Immigration and Nationality Directorate...

      Crime (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the level of crime in rural areas in the 12 months up to (a) 31 March 1999, (b) 31 March 2001 and (c) 31 March...

      Departmental Entertainment Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's hospitality budget (a) is in 2002–03 and (b) was in each of the last three years; and how much was left unspent...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of regional variations in staff turnover in his Department.

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what actions he has taken or is taking to ensure that the websites of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are...

      Depleted Uranium Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the security implications of the theft of 30lb of depleted uranium from a site in Thurrock in July.

      Depleted Uranium Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions depleted uranium has been stolen from (a) the plant in Thurrock and (b) from other sites elsewhere in the United...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 31 March 2003, Official Report, column 577W, on domestic violence, how much of the funding that will be made...

      IT Contracts

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

      Khat

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the level of consumption of Khat in the UK; what plans he has to (a) control and (b) reduce Khat consumption;...

      Leighton Buzzard Police Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what grants are available from his Department to improve Leighton Buzzard police station, with particular reference to enabling (a) the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long it takes for a passport to be renewed; and if he will make a statement on charges levied to British citizens for their applications.

      Police Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian support staff there were in each English constabulary in the last year for which figures are...

      Departmental Policy Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the policy areas covered by each of the activities listed in Table 5, page 173 of the Home Office Annual Departmental Report 2003.

      Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied asylum seekers under 18 received a custodial sentence broken down by (a) age, (b) sex and (c) establishment in 2002.

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the membership of the Youth Justice Board.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on the political situation in Liberia; (2) what assessment the Department has made of the...

    • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the timetable the British Government has set for ratifying the Optional Protocol to the UN...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the timetable is for elimination of poppy production in Afghanistan; and what strategies are in place to fill any loss to...

      African Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held with African leaders about the appointment of President Robert Mugabe by the African Union as its...

      African Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has had and intends to have with (a) the United Nations, (b) the United States, (c) the African Union...

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for City of York (Hugh Bayley) of 20 May 2003, Official Report, columns 722–23W,...

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking to assist the process of peace in Burundi; and if he will make a statement.

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking to ensure that the African Union mission in Burundi is effective and supported; and if he will make a...

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the United Nations, (b) the United States, (c) the African Union and (d) the Burundi...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Chinese Government regarding the pending execution of Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had and intends to have with the Chinese Government on holding trials of Tibetan religious leaders in...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had and intends to have with the Chinese Government regarding its refusal to drop pre-conditions to...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will press for action in the Council of Ministers to encourage the Colombian Government to respect human rights and...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what monitoring of the activities of international forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is undertaken by the UK; and...

      Diamond Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Governments of compliant countries in the Kimberley Process regarding the trade in...

      Diamond Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Governments of (a) Nigeria, (b) Angola, (c) Kenya, (d) Uganda and (e) Cameroon...

      Nagorno-Karabakh

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

      Sao Tome and Principe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with his Portuguese counterpart on the military coup in Sao Tome and Principe; what joint...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will estimate the cost of peace-keeping forces in Sierra Leone up to the present time; what additional aid and investment...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what participation in the Somali peace process has been undertaken by UK representatives; and if he will make a statement.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with what Somali groups and human rights organisations his officials have had discussions in the past year; and what his...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what UK diplomatic staff have visited Mogadishu in the past year.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contacts UK representatives have with the effective Government of Somaliland in Hargeisa; and what plans the Government has...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the number of Somali people in refugee camps in countries neighbouring Somalia who wish to join...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the impact of proposed changes to the constitution of Uganda with regard to...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of Sudanese support of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda; what discussions he has had...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Government of Uganda about proposed changes to the constitution...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Accident Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had concerning payment of redundancy payments to employees of the Accident Group; and if she will make a statement.

    • Russian Northern Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her role in the recent grant of financial aid to the Russian Northern fleet in respect to nuclear...

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the export licences on the Military and Dual Lists granted to companies in the UK or to a (a) UK registered company and (b)...

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the licences granted for the export of military equipment to Indonesia since 2002.

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what vehicle models are specified in the open licence for the export to Indonesia of armoured all wheel drive vehicles; what the terms are of...

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what components or associated equipment for Hawk aircraft and Scorpion tanks were licensed for export to Indonesia in 2002.

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will list the model and value of (a) aircraft cannons and (b) military use vehicles for which licences were granted for export to...

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much public money has been invested by BNFL in the US Nuclear Energy Institute in each year from 1997 to date.

      Departmental Costs

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

      Egg Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the impact of possible reductions in European Union import tariffs on the UK egg industry.

      Electricity Supply Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the companies supplying electricity to domestic consumers, indicating the nationality of the individuals and organisations...

      European Constitution

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

      International Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on working towards international regulations on the practices of companies operating in developing countries in areas where...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the (a) foreign and (b) UK visits she has made since 1 April 2003; what the cost was to public funds of each trip; who she...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices were closed due to (a) unprofitability and (b) the reorganisation of the Post Office in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999,...

      Public Sector Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans her Department has to improve small business access to public sector contracts; and if she will make a statement.

      Recycled Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what volume of recycled paper was exported in each year from 1997 to date to (a) China, (b) the Middle East and (c) the Far East; and what...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effects of investment in renewable energy on reversing (a) climate change and (b) energy shortage.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much of the Government's 2010 target for renewables (a) has been met and (b) is outstanding.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in what ways she is working with the Scottish Executive on targets to meet renewable energy.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with her counterparts in other countries in Europe on their experience in renewables.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she is taking to encourage electricity companies to invest in renewable energy.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department's support for renewable energy research.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development if he will make a statement on progress made with the alternative livelihoods elements of the drug strategy in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what liaison there will be between NGOs, UN agencies and the Transitional Administration in implementing Afghanistan's...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what recent representations the Department has received on international investment in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development if he will make a statement on the humanitarian consequences of the flooding of (a) southern and (b) north eastern districts...

      Botswana

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what criteria the Department applies to the classification of groups of people as indigenous peoples; how these criteria...

      Burundi

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what action the Department has taken to assist in improving the systems of justice to deal with war crimes and crimes...

      Burundi

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Bujumbura, Burundi.

      Burundi

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what assistance his Department is giving to displaced persons on Bujumbura, Burundi.

      Chad

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what action his Department is taking to help Central African Republic refugees living in southern Chad.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what impact recent reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy will have on developing countries.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development if he will make a statement on the drought in southern Ethiopia.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development if he will make a statement on the levels of child prostitution in Ethiopia.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what work his Department is undertaking with the Government of Ethiopia to ensure that all Ethiopians suffering from the HIV...

      Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what assessment he has made of the use of the internet for communities in the developing world as a tool for self-reliance.

      Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what action the Department is taking to expand the use of (a) internet access and (b) electronic information to communities...

      Liberia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what discussions the Department has had with non-governmental organisations on efforts to prevent cholera, gastro-enteritis,...

      Liberia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what discussions the Department has had with non-governmental organisations on the level of relief supplies in refugee camps...

      Liberia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what assistance the Department is giving to displaced persons in Liberia.

      Liberia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what assessment the Department has made of the level of clean water, medical supplies and other essential provisions in...

      Liberia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what assessment the Department has made of the humanitarian situation in Liberia.

      New Partnership for Africa's Development

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what assessment he has made of progress on the New Partnership for Africa's Development plan in southern African countries.

      New Technology Provision

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what action he is taking to ensure that new technology provided to communities in developing countries is appropriate for...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what progress is being made towards the immunisation of people in Nigeria against polio.

      Palestinian Refugees

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what support the Department provides to Palestinian refugees in (a) Jordan, (b) Lebanon and (c) Syria for (i) health...

      Sao Tome and Principe

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development (1) what analysis the Department has made of the effect of the military coup on (a) aid spending and (b) international...

      Sao Tome and Principe

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what projects in Sao Tome and Principe are funded through aid from the Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Secondments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what the Department's policy is on employing secondees from the private sector; how many secondees from the (a) private and...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what aid has been provided to Sierra Leone in each of the last five years; what private investment has taken place as a...

      Sudan

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what steps he is taking to encourage a free press in Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what assessment he has made of the warning of the World Food Programme that food rations in Sudan may be cut by 50 per...

      Uganda

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of child soldiers in Uganda.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development whether the Government will provide human resources to aid developing nations in the negotiation process at the forthcoming...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what the latest crop forecasts are in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what assessment the Department has made of the effects of the food crisis in Zimbabwe on neighbouring countries.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what assessment the Department has made of the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.

  • Treasury

    • Cancer (Gullet)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many patients were diagnosed with cancer of the gullet in (a) 2002, (b) 1998, (c) 1994, (d) 1990, (e) 1986 and (f) 1982.

    • Pre-eclampsia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many babies (a) died and (b) were stillborn as a result of pre-eclampsia in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Strokes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died from strokes and stroke-related diseases in each year between 1995 and 2002.

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been raised from the aggregates levy in each region in the UK since the levy was introduced.

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much was raised by the aggregates levy on (a) virgin aggregate and (b) processed aggregate products in Northern Ireland in financial year...

      ASPIRE Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the suppliers with whom Inland Revenue held discussions with regard to the Inland Revenue ASPIRE programme; whether bidders for the ASPIRE...

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has commissioned into the effectiveness of current methods of research used to collect data for the United Kingdom's census; and if he will...

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost was in real terms of compiling data for the (a) 1981, (b) 1991 and (c) 2001 census.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how long it takes on average to (a) complete and (b) process the application form for child tax credit; and whether his Department has a...

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussion is taking place with the credit union trade associations on the process of establishing a simple representative body for credit unions in...

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of credit unions and assets of credit unions there were, broken down by (a) affiliation to each credit union trade association and (b) no...

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to amend industrial and provident society legislation to bring it into line with company law; and if he will make a statement.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how he estimates the new investment announced for Customs will improve the service at (a) Newhaven, (b) Poole, (c) Isle of Wight, (d) Portsmouth and (e)...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest assessment of the total cost per year is of employing mobile Customs teams to cover the ports of Newhaven, Poole and the Isle of Wight...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors underlay the decision to remove the permanent Customs presence from Poole, the Isle of Wight and Newhaven ports; if he will perform a risk...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff will be allocated to the flexible customs team to be located at Plymouth under the Customs and Excise Business Plan; what their terms of...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement about HM Customs and Excise operations in (a) Chester, (b) Pembroke and (c) Swansea.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the use of mobile teams in the work of HM Customs and Excise.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of goods seized by HM Customs in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 tickets and...

      Ecofin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held on 16 July; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funds have been allocated by his Department for the Government's campaign to promote UK entry to the European single currency.

      European Economic Convergence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 3 July, Official Report, column 370W, on European Economic Convergence, what research he has commissioned into using discretionary...

      European Economic Convergence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 14 July, Official Report, column 132W, on European Economic Convergence, what the element of pre-commitment is.

      Fuel Duty Rebates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what value he attributed in pence per litre to (a) carbon dioxide saving, (b) improved local air quality, (c) diversity of supply and (d) economic...

      Home Improvements (Finance)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent representations he has received asking him to reduce VAT on home improvements; and if he will make a statement; (2) what recent...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Inland Revenue submitted the Supplementary Memorandum published in the 29th Report of the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2002–03, HC...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the criteria were by which the Commissioners of Inland Revenue individually qualified for performance pay in each year since 1999–2000; and what...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of Inland Revenue postal enquiries received a complete response within 15 working days in each of the last 12 months.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of telephone calls to local Inland Revenue offices were answered at the switchboard within 20 seconds in each of the last 12 months.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of callers to Inland Revenue enquiry centres without an appointment were attended to within 15 minutes in each of the last 12...

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the projected cost is of British troops being stationed in Iraq for a further (a) six months, (b) 12 months, (c) 18 months and (d) 24 months.

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the projected budget for the Office of National Statistics is for (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05.

      Regional Gross Value Added

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent estimates are for regional gross value added; and when new estimates will be released.

      Store Cards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of high interest rates on store cards on consumer spending.

      Tax Credits (Delayed Payment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been reimbursed for bank charges incurred as a result of delayed payment of tax credits.

      Treasury Accommodation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff will transfer to the HM Treasury building at 1 Horse Guards road, London from (a) the Inland Revenue and (b) HM Customs and Excise when...

      Venture Capital

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on the venture capital industry of taxing carried interest through income taxing rather than capital gains tax.

      Venture Capital

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the British Venture Capital Association in respect of taxation measures announced in the Budget; and if he will make a...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost was of the advertising of working tax credit; what (a) the installation and (b) the running costs of the helpline were; what evaluation...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the EU directives implemented by the Department since 8 June 2001.

  • Education and Skills

    • Food-related Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) who will fund the initiative by the Food Standards Agency to set up inspection teams for food-related activities in schools; (2) how...

    • School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the progress of the school meals research project.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proposals he has to encourage the provision of free school meals; and what the average cost to pupils was of school meals in the last...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what quality controls are placed upon school meals; and what assessment has been made of the potential benefits to child health of healthy...

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teenage pregnancies there were in (a) West Sussex and (b) England in (i) 2001–01, (ii) 2001–02 and (iii) 2002–03.

      Youth Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding is afforded to increasing youth club facilities and other projects aimed at getting children off the streets; and if he will...

      "Teacher Employment"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will publish the results of his Department's surveys of local education authorities entitled "Teacher Employment", conducted in May.

      Administration and Buildings Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much funding has been allocated for (a) administration and (b) buildings for (i) University for Industry, (ii) the learning and...

      Adult Learning Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the operation of the adult learning grant pilots.

      Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the average extra cost faced by a school intending to offer the International Baccalaureate examination system.

      Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many schools in England offer the International Baccalaureate to the students; (2) how many pupils took the International...

      Broadband Access (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures will be taken to provide broadband access to schools in areas where there is no broadband provision.

      Capital Spending (Leicestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list capital spending on Leicestershire schools in each year since 1997–98.

      Children at Risk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the Green Paper on Children at Risk will be published.

      Children's Day Care Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many places have been provided in school holiday schemes in each of the past five years; (2) how many places in after-school...

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many city academies had been set up by 1 July, and how many he anticipates being set up by September 2005.

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils he expects to have been enrolled at city academies by the end of the academic year 2003–04.

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average cost of setting up a city academy is to (a) public sector and (b) private sector investors.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact of the new Formula Spending Share system on classroom assistant numbers in the South East; and if...

      Classroom Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of (a) how many and (b) what percentage of teachers on the General Teaching Council register are employed as...

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the purpose of Connexions, with particular reference to the range of options for post 16.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he provides to the Connexions service on the provision of advice to young lesbians and gay men facing homophobic abuse.

      Creative Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of creative education partnerships.

      Deficit Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have set deficit budgets for the academic year 2003–04.

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Flexibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of his Department's end year flexibility for (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06.

      Departmental Framework Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answers of 22 May 2003, Official Report, column 1001W, and 12 June 2003, Official Report, column 1023W, for each...

      Early Years Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of three-year-olds have access to early years education in (a) Somerset, (b) Devon, (c) Wiltshire, (d) Cornwall, (e) Dorset,...

      EU Committees

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

      Examination Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions his staff have had with the examination awarding bodies since December 2002; and if he will make a statement.

      Family Centre Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many family centre places have been provided by local authorities.

      Formula Spending Share

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the transfers into and out of formula spending share for 2004–05, and grants which are due to cease at the end of...

      Free School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures he is taking to encourage local authorities to introduce free school milk for children aged seven years.

      Free School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the maximum age is at which local education authorities must provide free transport to pupils who attend their nearest school if the...

      Further Education Colleges (Finance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost was of bids submitted by further education colleges for growth in 2003–04 in respect of (a) 16–19 and (b)...

      Further Education Colleges (Finance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment has been made by his Department of the impact of the performance related funding system set out in Success for All on...

      Further Education Colleges (Finance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much of the funding totals shown for further education in the Departmental Annual Report 2003 is assumed to be for (a) participation,...

      Further Education Colleges (Finance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what level of funding has been allowed in his Department's expenditure plans to compensate further education colleges for the transfer of...

      Further Education Colleges (Finance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the estimated cost is to further education colleges of the increases in employer national insurance contributions introduced in April...

      Further Education Colleges (Finance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the level is of projected enrolments in terms of full time equivalents based on the funding assumed for participation in further...

      Further Education Colleges (Finance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the planned total funding is per full-time equivalent student in further education for adults in (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04,...

      Further Education Colleges (Finance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was allocated for (a) the Teaching Pay Initiative for further education colleges and (b) the staff development component of the...

      Further Education Colleges (Finance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what average increase expressed in real terms he estimates further education colleges will receive in 2003–04 for (a) growth in...

      Gifted Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what provisions are made to cater for particularly gifted children from state schools; and if he will make a statement on his policy on...

      Jean Monnet Chairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Jean Monnet chairs are based in UK universities; what the value of the grant funding of these posts is; what the salaries of (a)...

      Mathematics Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to improve the teaching of mathematics.

      National Foundation for Educational Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding the Department provided to the National Foundation for Educational Research in each year since 1990; and if he will place...

      National Literacy Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the effect of the National Literacy Strategy on literacy skills among primary school pupils in Taunton.

      National Primary Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received in relation to the National Primary Strategy.

      Ormond Road Workshops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what applications have been made to the Learning and Skills Council for funding of the Ormond Road Workshops in Islington; on what dates...

      Public Relations Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 12 June, Official Report, column 1026W, what his Department's budget for public relations consultants in the...

      Pupil Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if the guaranteed minimum per pupil increase in 2004–05 and 2005–06 will (a) take account of standards fund payments to schools...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) when he expects the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to meet its obligations under section 95 of the December 2002 Tomlinson...

      Qualified Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers with qualified teacher status were working (a) full-time and (b) part-time in (i) secondary, (ii) primary and (iii)...

      Qualified Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people working as teachers in employment based training routes (a) commenced training and (b) gained qualified teacher status in...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what responsibilities and functions would pass from his Department to an elected regional assembly on its establishment.

      Regular Teacher (Definition)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his definition is of a regular teacher; and when that definition was made.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list local authorities in which spending on (a) special educational needs and (b) excluded pupils increased by a higher...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the circular documents that were sent by his Department to (a) primary schools, (b) city technology colleges, (c) other...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the potential financial liability of school governors where a school sets a deficit budget.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he has given to local education authorities on the modernisation of school libraries.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will instruct Ofsted to include the provision of science and biology fieldwork as one of the criteria for assessing school performance.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to improve the quality of school science laboratories.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which recent studies of literacy and numeracy standards among primary school children his Department has analysed; and what assessment he...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to prevent homophobic bullying in schools; and what guidance is issued to headteachers in this respect.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the schools in Leicestershire that are in the special measures category.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in what exceptional circumstances local authorities will be free to passport less than the full increase in schools formula spending share...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether schools forums will be able to agree a funding baseline for the guaranteed per pupil increase which is higher than current per pupil...

      Science Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what plans he has to reassess the provision for fieldwork within the curriculum for science (a) GCSE and (b) A-level; and if he will...

      Special Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what types of specific handicap or special need are defined as constituting special needs; and how many children there were with each...

      Standards Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is his policy that increases in schools formula spending share made in 2003–04 to reflect the removal of standards funds...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria are to be applied in September 2004 for teachers to move from upper pay scale 2 to upper pay scale 3; and if he will make a...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher redundancies have been made in (a) Dorset, (b) Poole and (c) Bournemouth local education authorities in each year since 1997.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 7 July 2003, Official Report, column 633W, on teacher redundancies, what the reasons were for the delay in...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department has spent on the fast track teacher training programme in each year, broken down by category of expenditure since...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there are within the Leeds education authority.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in special schools in each of the last five years, broken down by local education authority.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 7 May 2003, Official Report, column 695W, whether he has set a date for the launch of the Teachernet emergency...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what statistics his Department collects on assaults on teachers; and how many teachers have been the subject of (a) physical assaults, (b)...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were employed in Leicestershire schools expressed as full-time equivalents on 1st April in each year from 1997 to 2002.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on salaries of teachers in the Greater London area.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers and (b) classroom assistants there were in schools in (i) the Taunton constituency and (ii) Somerset in each year...

      Tuition and Top-up Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of abolishing tuition and top-up fees in 2003–04 would be; and what the cost of administering the eligibility assessment...

      Under-achieving Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to raise the performance of under-achieving students.

      Union Learning Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the Union Learning Fund.

      Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on measures to ensure that qualifications offered at...

      Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the level of qualifications at (a) apprenticeship, (b) skilled craft and (c) technician level held in (i) the...

      Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he is taking to encourage school leavers to seek qualifications at (a) apprenticeship, (b) skilled craft and (c) technician level.

  • Health

    • Bivalve Molluscs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the level of state funding for laboratories researching contamination of bivalve molluscs by (a) Novavirus and (b)...

    • Medical Staff (Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what protection is afforded to nurses and other medical staff in the workplace from members of the public; what assistance is given by the police to...

      Medical Staff (Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets were set in the Zero Tolerance campaign; what progress has been made; and how many targets have been met.

      Medical Staff (Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidents of violence and abusive behaviour by NHS patients in England against NHS staff there were in 2001–02.

      Product Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to enable labelling of imported agricultural products produced to (a) animal welfare and (b) environmental care...

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to pilot the 'See & Treat' scheme at Royal Bournemouth Hospital at other hospital sites.

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has undertaken of the cost of implementing a 'See & Treat' scheme in A&E departments.

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were admitted to NHS hospital wards from Accident and Emergency after being examined by a doctor in (a) one hour or less, (b) over two...

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets he is planning to set for accident and emergency departments in the next year.

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the method used for measuring accident and emergency targets in March.

      Adult/Adolescent Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adult and (b) adolescent wards were in operation in April in each year since 1997.

      Adult/Adolescent Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mixed sex (a) adolescent and (b) adult wards there are in England.

      Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by the NHS on locum and other agency doctors in each of the past three years.

      Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS of agency nurses was in 2002 in each NHS region.

      AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on AIDS research in each of the last six years.

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist allergy clinics there are in the NHS.

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts have reported vacancies for allergy specialists.

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many allergy sufferers are on waiting lists for NHS treatments.

      Allograft Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people in England receiving allograft implants were subsequently infected with (a) Hepatitis and (b) HIV in the last 12 months.

      Alternative Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Awards run by his Department.

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has undertaken into a possible connection between Alzheimer's disease and obesity.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many 999 calls were made to the Greater London Ambulance Service in the last 12 months for which figures are available for which a police presence was...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many 999 calls were made to the Greater London Ambulance Service over the last 12 months for which figures are available for which it was decided an...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulance call-outs were made in the last 12 months for which figures are available in (a) Essex and (b) England; and what average length of time...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of ambulance response times meet the eight minute target; and how many met the target in 2001–02, broken down by trust.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the performance targets set by his Department for ambulance services.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of speed restrictions on ambulance response times.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) emergency vehicles and (b) vehicles for non-emergency services were in service with each NHS ambulance trust in each of the last three years.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to protect ambulance staff from aggressive behaviour by patients.

      Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland are anaemic.

      Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the UK are needlephobic; and what assessment he has made of the need for a needle-free anaemia testing device.

      Angina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the total cost to the NHS of treating patients with chest-pain caused by angina in each of the last five years.

      Angina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the English population suffers from angina.

      Angina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department is taking to reduce the need for hospital treatment for patients suffering from angina.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts have not yet implemented in full the NICE guidance on anti-TNF therapies for rheumatoid arthritis.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients within the Adur, Arun and Worthing PCT area have been prescribed anti-TNF treatment for severe arthritis in the last 12 months.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many severe arthritis sufferers there are within the Adur, Arun and Worthing primary care trust area.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts have made TNFa available to arthritis sufferers in 2002–03; and if he will list them.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available to primary care trusts to implement the National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines on TNFa therapy.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people suffer from asthma and how many suffered from asthma in each of the last five years.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned into the relationship between lifestyle and (a) asthma and (b) diabetes.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what day care facilities are available to those suffering from autism; and if he will make a statement on the importance of interaction to autism sufferers.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training is given to carers of autistic children; what other support services are available; and on what wage levels carers are placed.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission an economic analysis of the (a) cost in public funds of treatment of autism and the (b) benefits of funding preventative support...

      Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the possible health risks associated with parents falling asleep in bed with their babies or young infants.

      Babies

      To ask the Secretary o f State for Health pursuant to his answer of 8 May, Official Report, column 866W, on baby vaccines, if he will publish the responses to the letters of 1 April from the...

      Bilateral Health Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the non-EEA countries and territories with which the UK has bilateral health arrangements.

      Blood Pressure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government has to publicise information on blood pressure.

      Bone Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent in England on the prevention of (a) all injuries as a result of a fall, (b) hip fractures and (c) osteoporosis among older people in...

      Bovine Derivative Bone Grafts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people in England receiving bovine derivative bone grafts subsequently contracted BSE or CJD.

      Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled at Broomfield hospital, Chelmsford in the last available quarter; and what percentage of the cancelled operations were...

      Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mixed sex wards and wards have been artificially divided into single-sex bays at Broomfield hospital, Chelmsford.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed directly in the management of cancer within the NHS.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the quality of care cancer patients receive from the NHS.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time cancer specialists were working in the NHS, broken down by speciality, in each of the last six years.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing care and residential care beds were provided by local authorities in each year since 1997.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of care home beds in Essex.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care home beds there are in (a) Greater London and (b) England.

      Chelmsford Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the prescribing budget is for the Chelmsford Primary Care Trust for the financial year 2002–03.

      Chelmsford Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what accumulated deficit has been identified by the Chelmsford Primary Care Trust for (a) the financial year 2002–03 and (b) the current financial year.

      Chelmsford Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps will be taken to comply with Lord Laming's recommendations on child protection when formulating future star ratings for (a) hospital trusts,...

      Chelmsford Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether all NHS trusts offer to their nurses and key workers access to expert child protection advice and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and...

      Chlamydia/HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department is undertaking into the links between HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns and education and the incidence of chlamydia in young...

      Chlamydia/HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women were tested for (a) chlamydia and (b) HIV in each of the last five years.

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the measurement of cholesterol in the over-50s.

      Clinical Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS hospital files holding clinical data on patients (a) went missing temporarily and (b) were lost in each year since 1995.

      Commission for Health Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which languages the patient surveys issued by the Commission for Health Improvement were published.

      Community Health Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with staff working at Community Health Councils on the closure of such health councils.

      Community Health Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Community Health Councils will be closed in England.

      Community Health Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions have taken place on the redundancy payments staff will receive when community health councils are closed.

      Community Health Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to keep Community Health Councils operational after 1 December 2003.

      Community Health Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Community Health Councils have had to leave their previous premises because of the decision to keep CHCs operational until December.

      Community Health Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many letters his Department has received opposing the abolition of community health councils; and if he will make a statement.

      Congestion Charge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many letters he has received from health service personnel concerning the Central London congestion charge since the charge began.

      Congestion Charge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of congestion charging in Central London on (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) consultants, (d) paramedics and (e)...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in consultant recruitment in the last 12 months.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Mid-Essex Hospital NHS Trust and (b) Greater London have been waiting more than 13 weeks to see a consultant.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there were for consultants in the last year for which figures are available.

      Paddington Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated completion date is of the proposed Paddington Health Campus.

      Coronary Heart Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England suffer from coronary heart disease; and what proportion of the overall population these represent.

      Deep Vein Thrombosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures have been taken by his Department in the last 12 months (a) to increase awareness about and (b) to reduce the number of people who suffer...

      Deep Vein Thrombosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England have been diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Deep Vein Thrombosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to reduce the number of cases of deep vein thrombosis affecting women during pregnancy.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the most significant known risk factor for dementia is; how many people are living with dementia in (a) the UK and (b) Sefton; and how many of those...

      Departmental Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was of running the Department's press office in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Priorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his Department's priorities; and how many there are.

      Diagnostic and Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors will be needed to staff the new diagnostic and treatment centres.

      Diagnostic and Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which procedures are expected to be carried out in diagnostic and treatment centres.

      Diagnostic and Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Government will use a standard tariff for treatments carried out at diagnostic and treatment centres.

      Diet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he will measure the success of the Five-A-Day scheme.

      Diet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government plans to increase the funding for Five-a-Day Local Community Initiatives available through the National Lottery New Opportunities...

      Diet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department is taking to improve people's diets, with special reference to people living in socially deprived areas.

      District Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the role of district nurses in the NHS; and what plans he has to increase their role.

      Doctor-Nurse Ratios

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ratio of (a) doctors and (b) nurses to people is in England.

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of hours worked per week by doctors in training were in England in the last year for which figures are available.

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors were employed (a) at the Princess Royal Hospital and (b) in general practice in the Wrekin in each year since 1997.

      Ealing Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the resignations of the non-executive team of the Ealing Hospital Trust.

      East and North Hertfordshire Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the findings of the external investigation into presentation of waiting figures by East and North Hertfordshire Trust are to be published.

      Electronic Foetal Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each hospital trust (a) the measures used to collect information and (b) the information collated on electronic foetal monitoring.

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) emergency journeys and (b) emergency calls there were in each year from 1995–96 to 2001–02.

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average response times for emergency calls were in each health authority in each year from 1995–96 to 2001–02.

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) front line ambulances, (b) patient transport vehicles, (c) fast response cars, (d) medical motorbikes and (e) special care baby units (i)...

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many 999 calls were made to the Essex Ambulance Service in the last 12 months for which figures are available for which it was decided an ambulance...

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) front line ambulances, (b) patient transport vehicles, (c) fast response cars, (d) medical motorbikes and (e) special care baby units serve...

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to produce a public information campaign to raise awareness of endometriosis.

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been carried out by or on behalf of his Department on the use of complementary medicine in treating endometriosis.

      Epothilones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement regarding Government funding and support of research and development of epothilones.

      Eye Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the recovery time and success rates of those patients undergoing (a) LASIK, (b) LASEK, (c) PRK and (d) ALK; and what...

      Health Care (EU)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the recent European Court ruling about the eligibility of all EU citizens to non-hospital care in any EU country.

      Falls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of ambulance call outs to people over the age of (a) 50 years and (b) 65 years in each of the last five years for which...

      Falls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent on the funding of falls co-ordinator posts in England in 2002–03; (2) what he estimates to be the cost of (a) all injuries...

      Falls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the progress of local health authorities against the national service framework for older people's 2003 milestone on falls...

      Food Additives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources the NHS is allocating for research into the link between food additives and behavioural deficits in children.

      Food Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of food poisoning were notified to his Department in each year since 1997.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultations have been issued by the Food Standards Agency in each year since its inception.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how often he plans to meet officials from the Food Standards Agency.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what process will be used to recruit members of NHS Foundation Trusts.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether foundation hospitals established in England will be required to treat patients referred by general practitioners based in Wales.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of how many members a foundation trust will have.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for piloting the scheme for foundation hospitals.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to send out the source book for foundation hospital applicants.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the role of the Foundation Trusts Regulator.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Regulator of Foundation Trusts will be required to maintain universal access to healthcare services.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role he will play in the work of foundation trusts.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps will be taken to ensure that foundation trusts do not turn away patients with chronic conditions.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether each foundation trust will have unique clinical targets and health care priorities.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the extent to which foundation trusts will have access to non-public finance.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with City institutions about interest rates available for bond-based finance for foundation trusts.

      Free Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many whole-time equivalent nurses are responsible for assessing patients for free nursing care; (2) how many people are awaiting an assessment...

      Free Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is eligible for free prescriptions.

      Fuzeon

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

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner posts in Leicestershire are vacant.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners have entered general practice in each of the last six years; and how many have retired.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the average length of time GPs in England spent with their patients in individual consultations in the last 12 months.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the population in (a) Greater London and (b) England are registered with a GP.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contingency plans he has made in the event of doctors rejecting GP contracts.

      General Practitioners

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

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner vacancies there were in each primary care trust in 2002 and how many there are now.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average GP waiting times were in the Wrekin in each year since 1997.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the criteria are for GPs to be eligible for a cash payment of up to £125,000 for IT.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the practices that have received payments for IT; and how much they received.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the operating systems which are approved by the Department of Health for GPs to receive payments for IT systems.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) male and (b) female GPs have switched to working part-time since 1st July 2002.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new (a) male and (b) female GPs opted to work part-time between 1 January and 30 June in (i) 2002 and (ii) 2003.

      Genetially Modified Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has undertaken into the health impact of genetically modified foods.

      Green Burial Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has undertaken into the effect of green burial sites on the welfare of bereaved families.

      Health Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish a report on the progress of Health Action Zones.

      Health Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure that health action zones include withdrawal and rehabilitation clinics for people who have been over-medicated and may have...

      Health Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to instruct health action zones to undertake an audit of the (a) financial and (b) quality of life costs of the adverse...

      Heart By-pass Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many heart by-pass operations have been carried out by the NHS in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and how many were carried out in...

      Heartburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients in England suffered from heartburn in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what proportion of the population...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hepatitis B carriers there are in the United Kingdom.

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the use of (a) bovine derivative substitutes, (b) hydroxyapatites and (c) coraline derivative substitutes in hip...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what tests are carried out on HIV-infected patients to establish whether they have a drug-resistant strain of the virus.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people in England were infected with HIV in each of the last five years; (2) how many people in England were infected with AIDS in each of...

      Home Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has given to local authorities on providing assistance to home carers.

      Hospice Movement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the hospice movement in financial year 2003–04 of the increase in the level of charges for checks by...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has had regarding the star rating system.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what qualitative basis star ratings for hospital-acquired infections are calculated.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department has in place to reduce incidences of MRSA in NHS hospitals.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new hospitals have opened in the last three years; and at what cost.

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the IT projects his Department (a) plans to undertake in the next year and (b) has undertaken, broken down by (i) expected date of...

      Learning Disability Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the identification and dissemination of examples of good practice in learning disability services.

      Locums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many locum doctors there are.

      Mary Rose Birthing Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consultations took place with (a) local women and their families, (b) other service users, (c) community representatives and (d) NHS...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many births in the NHS were delivered by caesarean section in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will give this...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to respond to the Health Committee's report on the provision of maternity services in England.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many maternity units there are in the United Kingdom; and whether they all include specialist facilities for premature babies.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available since 1997 for maternity units; and what measures have been taken to reduce deaths of newborn babies.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the availability of emergency midwives; and what proposals he has to ensure that enough staff are present to provide...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the proportion of babies born at home and in hospital for the latest year for which figures available; what midwives pay...

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Government's policy concerning the addition to medical records of material received from third parties without medical...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the hospital budget has been spent on mental health services in each year since 1997.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will establish an independent inquiry into the treatment of mental health patients from ethnic minority groups.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the accessibility of mental health services to ethnic minority groups.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have received electro-convulsive therapy in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) men, (b) women and (c) ethnic minority group.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he plans to take over the next 12 months to improve the services for (a) ethnic minorities, (b) homeless people and (c) asylum seekers with...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on mental health provision in Somerset in each year since 1997.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what mental health facilities exist for asylum seekers in (a) Bedfordshire and Luton Community NHS Trust, (b) Black County Mental Health NHS Trust,...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) how many early intervention teams have been established in (a) Bedfordshire and Luton Community NHS Trust, (b) Black County Mental Health NHS...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what facilities exist for homeless people with mental health needs in (a) Bedfordshire and Luton Community NHS Trust, (b) Black County Mental Health NHS...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there are women-only mental health services in (a) Bedfordshire and Luton Community NHS Trust, (b) Black County Mental Health NHS Trust, (c)...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the level of provision of child and adolescent mental health services in (a) Bedfordshire and Luton Community NHS Trust,...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide a breakdown of expenditure on mental health provision in each health authority/PCT area in England in each year since 1990.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many primary care mental health workers have been employed by (a) West Sussex Health and Social Care NHS Trust and (b) all mental health trusts;...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what improvements the Government is planning for mental health services in England.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what level of funding per capita is being spent by (a) Adur, Arun and Worthing primary care trust and (b) West Sussex Health and Social Care NHS Trust on...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans for improvement his Department has for provision of respite breaks for carers of those with mental health difficulties.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to end the use of adult mental health units for mentally ill children.

      Methylphenidate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children prescribed methylphenidate for severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have been regularly monitored to assess...

      Microbiology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) Health Protection Agency and (b) NHS laboratories which are providing microbiology services for food, water and environmental testing.

      Mid-Essex Hospital NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) hospital nurse and (b) consultant vacancies there are in the Mid-Essex Hospital NHS Trust.

      Mid-Essex Hospital NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general practitioner and (b) practice nurse vacancies there are in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole-time equivalent midwives worked in the NHS in 2001–02; and how many registered midwives worked in the NHS in 2001–02.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ratio of midwives in post to the total number of births was in (a) England and (b) each NHS maternity unit in each year since 1996–97.

      Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which Minister is responsible for (a) complementary medicines, (b) nutrition, (c) the Health Protection Agency, (d) arthritis and (e) obesity.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times Ministers in his Department have travelled abroad at public expense since March 2002; what countries they have visited; and what the total...

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the take up has been of the MMR vaccine in (a) Somerset and (b) Dorset in each of the last five years.

      MRI Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRI scanners are available to patients in Somerset; where they are located; and how old each scanner is.

      National Fruit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation of the National Fruit Scheme has been completed; and when he will publish the results.

      New Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which foreign companies have submitted bids to (a) build, (b) staff and (c) run new hospital establishments; and which health trusts (i) have invited bids...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed directly in management of diabetes within the NHS.

      NHS (Ethnic Minorities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to ensure equal access to the delivery of services within the NHS for ethnic minority groups.

      NHS (Ethnic Minorities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide a breakdown by ethnic minority working within the NHS.

      NHS (Health and Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed in management of health and safety within the NHS.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people are employed in information technology within the NHS, broken down by trust; (2) how many people are employed in risk management...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many administrators were employed in the NHS in each of the last six years; (2) how many managerial and administrative jobs were created in the...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) electricians, (b) gardeners, (c) maintenance engineers and assistants, (d) kitchen staff and (e) cleaners were employed by the NHS in each...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many days off work have been taken by NHS employees each year since 1997 owing to stress; and how much this time off has cost the NHS.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of stress levels among staff in the NHS; and what proposals he has to reduce this level.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed in sexual health within the NHS.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department (a) has taken over the last 12 months and (b) plans to take over the next 12 months to stress the importance of sexual...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage increase in (a) HIV, (b) chlamydia, (c) syphilis and (d) genital warts was in the last year for which figures are available for (i)...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were diagnosed as suffering from a sexually transmitted infection in (a) 2002, (b) 2000, (c) 1995, (d) 1990, (e) 1985 and (f) 1980.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women suffered from (a) syphilis and (b) gonorrhoea (i) in 1997 and (ii) on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding is being dedicated to campaigns raising awareness in England of (a) sexually transmitted diseases and (b) HIV and Aids in 2003–04...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence is of sexually transmitted diseases in England in (a) school-aged children and (b) adults over the age of 50 years.

      Overseas Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients have been sent abroad for treatment; and at what cost in the last five years.

      Overseas Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long the patients who have been sent abroad by the NHS for treatment had been waiting in their own locality.

      Overseas Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to change the practice of sending patients abroad for treatment.

      Overseas Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where the financial liability lies for follow-up operations which take place in English NHS hospitals following a patient's NHS treatment abroad.

      Overseas Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations have been carried out abroad but paid for by the NHS since January 2001, broken down by operation; and what the total cost to the NHS...

      NHS Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many national health service beds were available in England in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002.

      NHS Counter Fraud Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list recoveries worth more than £500,000 secured by the NHS Counter Fraud team since 1997.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data support the 5 rating given to Burley, Pendle and Rossendale primary care trust for access to NHS dentistry.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria determine whether a primary care trust qualifies as providing access to an NHS dentist.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists are available in the Adur, Arun and Worthing PCT area.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there are in the Chorley constituency; and what steps he is taking to increase the number of NHS dentists in the Chorley constituency.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost has been of NHS Direct.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost is per call to NHS Direct.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified nurses work for NHS Direct, broken down by grade.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many calls were made to NHS Direct in each year since it was set up.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many different callers have used NHS Direct in each year since it was set up.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses and (b) managers are employed by NHS Direct.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budgeted cost of NHS Direct in financial year 2003–04 is.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from how many sites NHS Direct operates; and how many staff are employed at each site.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of calls to NHS Direct result in (a) no further action being taken by the caller, (b) the caller being advised to contact their GP, (c)...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed by NHS Direct, broken down by (a) grade and (b) salary.

      NHS Fraud/Inefficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department is taking to reduce the levels of (a) financial waste, (b) fraud and (c) inefficiency in the NHS; and what progress has been...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the balance of income and expenditure of health authorities and the NHS trusts in England for the financial year ending 31...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he is planning to meet the chairmen of NHS trusts to discuss administrative costs.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the NHS funding budget was for Shropshire in each year since 1997; (2) what the budget of Shropshire Primary Care Trust was in each year since...

      NHS Hospital Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS hospital trusts have general hospitals in different towns.

      NHS Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many advertisements for non-clinical jobs within the NHS have been advertised in the national press each year since 1997; and at what cost.

      NHS Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what budget his Department has in the current year for job advertisements.

      NHS Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each primary care trust spent on advertising job positions in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts are using NHS Professionals.

      NHS Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to NHS trusts about limits on staff salaries.

      NHS Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the rate of increase of NHS specific costs on an annualised basis.

      NHS Trust Chief Executives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trust chief executives have resigned in each of the past five years.

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS walk-in centres have been been established in the UK; (2) how many NHS walk-in centres there are in England.

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people are employed in NHS walk-in centres, broken down by (a) grade and (b) salary; (2) how many (a) nurses and (b) managers are employed...

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the locations of NHS walk-in centres in England.

      NHS Whistleblowers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many whistleblowers have been suspended from work within the NHS as a result of allegations and complaints in the last 12 months; (2) how many...

      NICE Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to issue guidance on wounds and injuries.

      Nicotine Replacement Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to make nicotine replacement therapy available through the NHS.

      Non-Executive Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list non-executive appointments to NHS bodies in the last two years, broken down by political affiliations.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were recruited by the NHS in 2002.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the nurses who are employed by the NHS are (a) set to retire in the next five years and (b) under the age of 30.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many agency nurses were employed in Leicestershire hospitals on average in 2002–03; and what proportion this represented of total nursing staff.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the number of nurses in training.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what checks his Department conducts on the qualifications of agency nursing personnel; and what assistance his Department gives to (a) hospital trusts and...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many nurses recruited into the NHS in each of the last three years have come from overseas; (2) how many nurses were recruited from overseas in...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many practice nurses were in place in GP surgeries in each of the last five years.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to increase the number of practice nurses working in GP surgeries.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action (a) has been taken and (b) is planned to address NHS provision for the management of overweight and obese patients that were identified as...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to produce national guidelines for the management of obesity in addition to those which are part of the National Framework for Coronary...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action the Government are taking to tackle obesity in children.

      Official Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list his Department's spending on official publications since July 2001.

      Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost to the NHS was of (a) a hip replacement, (b) a hysterectomy, (c) a cataract extraction, (d) a tonsillectomy, (e) a kidney transplant...

      Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients are on planned waiting lists for (a) cataract operations and (b) other operations in each English health authority; and if he will make...

      Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many follow-up operations have taken place in English NHS hospitals following a patient's operation abroad which was paid for by the NHS.

      Organ Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered organ donors there were in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority area.

      Pain Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to assist people living with persistent pain; what pain relief drugs are available; and if he will make a statement on the (a)...

      Pain Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available for research into pain relieving drugs; if he will make a statement on the current status of cannabis for pain relief...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the figures for waiting lists for in-patient treatment in individual trust areas described in his Department's Press Release 2003/0253,...

      Patient Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of relative levels of patient deaths among patients treated by nurses with university qualifications.

      Patient Residence Criteria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria his Department uses to decide whether a patient is ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom; and what guidance his Department has issued on...

      PET Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many positive emission topography scanners are in use in the NHS; (2) how many private PET scanners are in use in the UK; (3) how many PET...

      Pre-eclampsia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women suffered from pre-eclampsia in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Pregnancy-related Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women have died in each of the last 10 years from pregnancy-related causes.

      Private Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of private beds available in national health service trust hospitals.

      Private Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) Department of Health and (b) NHS employees are entitled to private medical care as an employment benefit.

      Professional Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid to cover professional negligence claims on Leicestershire hospitals in each year since 1997–98; and what proportion each sum...

      Psychotropic Medication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has given to local specialist services for people with severe challenging behaviours on the use of (a) educational, (b) behavioural, (c)...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many agencies his Department has created since May 1997; what their purpose is; and how many staff each employs.

      Racial Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what action his Department is taking to tackle racial harassment in NHS workplaces; (2) what steps he is taking to eradicate racism in the NHS.

      Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff have been made redundant in the NHS as a consequence of the reorganisation of area health authorities into strategic health authorities.

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure that all public funded research is recorded and made freely available to (a) patients, (b) health professionals, (c) the...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of Department of Health research funding was spent on research into (a) heart disease, (b) obesity, (c) strokes and (d) arthritis in the...

      Retired Surgeons/Anaesthetists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Department of Health's policy is on the use of retired surgeons and anaesthetists.

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to (a) primary care trusts and (b) health care professionals to improve access to health services by homeless people.

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer in relation to salt in nutrition.

      Sex Equality and Discrimination Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact on the NHS of the proposed Directive on sex equality and discrimination.

      Shrewsbury Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultants and (b) nurses were employed in (i) the Princess Royal Hospital and (ii) the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in each year since 1997.

      Shrewsbury Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) out and (b) in-patient treatments there were at (i) the Princess Royal Hospital and (ii) the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in each year since 1997.

      Shrewsbury Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds there were at (a) the Princess Royal Hospital and (b) the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in each year since 1997.

      Shrewsbury Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) capital and (b) other grants and allocations were made to the Princess Royal hospital in each year since 1997.

      Shrewsbury Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) waiting list numbers and (b) waiting times were for (i) in-patients and (ii) out-patients at the Princess Royal hospital in each year since 1997.

      Sibutramine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions have been (a) issued and (b) issued to children for sibutramine.

      Sibutramine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been prescribed sibutramine for (a) up to four weeks, (b) one to three months, (c) three to 12 months and (d) longer than 12 months.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the future use of the terms light and mild on cigarette packets.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to pilot the scheme running at hospitals in Norwich to help patients following the ban on smoking in the hospitals.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer in relation to smoking in public places.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what basis the Government used for establishing smoking cessation targets for primary care trusts.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government has spent centrally on smoking cessation advertising and awareness campaigns since 1995; and what central allocations have been...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government have spent centrally on smoking cessation programmes in each year since 1997; and how much has been allocated in the current year.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department tracks smokers who have given up for longer than four weeks through the smoking-cessation services.

      Solvent Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department has taken to implement the recommendations arising from the seminar 'Young People and Solvent Misuse: Developing a Shared...

      Speech and Language Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there are in Leicestershire for speech and language therapists; and what proportion this represents of the total number of such posts...

      Standing Medical Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the membership is of the Standing Medical Advisory Committee; and if he will make a statement.

      Stolen NHS Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the value is of NHS property stolen from NHS premises during each of the previous five accounting years and so far during this accounting year.

      Stroke Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many hospitals have a specialist stroke unit; and what percentage of hospitals this represents; (2) what progress has been made towards the...

      Stroke Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many stroke units there are in the NHS; and where they are.

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government have to restrict the amount of sugar in foods manufactured primarily for children.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in meeting the "Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation" target on suicide reduction.

      Sun Creams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures were taken in the last 12 months to promote the use of sun protection creams over the 2003 summer.

      Testicular Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department has taken over the last 12 months to raise awareness of testicular cancer and the importance of self-checking, with specific...

      Teeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have had impacted third molars removed in each year since 1997; and how many showed signs of pathology in their teeth.

      Treatment Availability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the (a) efficacy and (b) availability within the NHS of (i) gold, (ii) Enbrel and (iii) Remicade.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed as suffering from tuberculosis in (a) 2002, (b) 2000, (c) 1998, (d) 1996 and (e) 1994.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people suffering from AIDS are also infected with tuberculosis.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Waiting Times/Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were waiting more than 21 weeks at the end of March for an outpatient appointment, broken down by NHS hospital trusts.

      Waiting Times/Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients in each health authority in England were waiting for treatment for more than 12 months in 2001–02.

      Waiting Times/Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people suffering from (a) motor neurone disease, (b) migraines, (c) Parkinson's disease, (d) epilepsy and (e) Alzheimer's disease waited (i) up...

      Waiting Times/Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of people suffering from strokes waited for less than four hours for admission to accident and emergency in each quarter for which...

      Waiting Times/Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the latest average waiting time is for in-patient treatment in (a) Greater London and (b) England.

      Waiting Times/Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times are in each hospital trust; and what these were 12 months ago for (a) hip replacements, (b) cataract operations and (c)...

      Waiting Times/Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times outside Accident and Emergency departments were in each health authority in each year from 1995–96 to 2001–02.

      Work Force Development Confederations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has given to Workforce Development Confederations on staff training on the (a) recognition and (b) response to autism spectrum disorders.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to ensure that casualty departments are adequately staffed after the implementation of the European Working Time Directive.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with doctors' representatives regarding the implementation of the European Working Time Directive.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Royal College of Physicians report on the Working Time Directive.

  • Transport

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will list the action he intends to take in respect of each of the recommendations from the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee on...

    • Bus Services (Merseyside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the change in (a) the number of passenger journeys and (b) passenger mileage has been on supported bus services in Merseyside from 2000–01...

      Bus Services (Merseyside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average age of buses in Merseyside is; and whether there has been a change in the average age of buses in Merseyside over the last two years.

      Bus Services (Merseyside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many CCTVs are in use on supported buses in Merseyside.

      Bus Services (Merseyside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many low floor wheelchair accessible vehicles are used on supported services in (a) Merseyside and (b) Sefton.

      Bus Services (Merseyside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the rate of (a) punctuality and (b) reliability of Merseyside supported bus services was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Bus Services (Merseyside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps have been taken to reduce environmentally harmful emissions from supported bus services in Merseyside.

      Coastal Lifeboats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on Government funding for coastal lifeboats.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) special advisers, (b) press officers, (c) civil servants, (d) advisers to civil servants and (e) permanent staff were working for the...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has made and intends to make to Network Rail to ensure that disused land is sold at cost value to local authorities to enable...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the Strategic Rail Authority and Network Rail's decision to opt for closure and diversions to allow engineering work.

      GB Railways Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he first received reports from the Strategic Rail Authority of the bid by FirstGroup plc for GB Railways Group plc; and if he will make a statement.

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals he has to encourage businesses to use rail services as a means of transporting goods; and what assessment his Department has made of...

      Mersey Tunnels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has received copies of accounts of income and expenditure for the Mersey Tunnels in accordance with section 100 of the County of Merseyside...

      Mersey Tunnels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last received a set of accounts of income and expenditure for the Mersey Tunnels prior to 1 January.

      National Air Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings he has had with (a) British Airways, (b) British Airport Authority, (c) other industry bodies, (d) local authorities and (e)...

      National Walking Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish a National Walking Strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Operation Bream

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many arrests were made in Merseyside owing to the joint initiative Operation Bream.

      Rail Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the effect of reduced use of rail transport by business on road and air services; and what assessment has been made on...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to improve the on-time performance of rail companies.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much ridership has changed on average over the last two years for rail travel in Merseyside; (2) what percentage of trains in Merseyside ran...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received regarding Silverlink's advice to rail passengers to go on holiday during a period of maintenance.

      Reading Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the Strategic Rail Authority to provide him with the business case for a major scheme at Reading station; and when he expects to...

      School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the results of the yellow school bus pilot schemes will be published; and if he will make a statement on proposals to encourage wider...

      Speed Cameras (Romford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the number of speed cameras in Romford.

      Speeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action he will take to reclaim from local partnerships money paid in fines as a result of convictions for speeding based on evidence from speed...

      Local Transport Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to encourage local authorities to show how they intend to improve urban design and regeneration in their next local transport plans.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Foodstuffs Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the balance of payments in the UK in foodstuffs; and if she will make a statement.

    • Corporate Environmental Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many FTSE 350 companies have responded to the Prime Minister's October 2000 challenge to produce corporate environmental...

      Egg Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will be raising the UK egg industry at the Fifth World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in Cancun.

      Environmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to raise awareness among small businesses of environmental regulations and legislation.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which countries have sent radioactive material to the United Kingdom for disposal since 2001; and what charges were...

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her policy towards the use of antibiotics in animal feed.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the current outbreak of avian influenza in the European Union.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle were slaughtered because of bovine TB in each year since 1997 in (a) the Taunton Constituency, (b) Somerset,...

      British Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made to other departments in support of the use of British farm products by their departments.

      British Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made to the Ministry of Defence on the use of British products in the supply chain.

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what form the tests to ensure there is no BSE in over-thirty-month beef will take; how long an individual test will take; and...

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what facilities will be required at slaughterhouses for the BSE tests on over-thirty-month beef; and whether separate units...

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated cost is of the new testing arrangements when the Over-Thirty-Month Scheme is lifted; and whether there...

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Over-30-Month Scheme; what changes she plans to make to the...

      Cages (Hens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to encourage a switch towards more advanced well-managed cages for egg-laying hens.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure that electricity derived from CHP is financially more attractive to use than electricity...

      Contagious Animal Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list those outbreaks of contagious animal diseases which have occurred since May 1997, for which the European...

      Convention on Europe (Animal Welfare)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department was consulted on the Swedish Government's recent approach to the British Government in the European...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reasons underlay the delay in responding to the letter received by the Department on 16 December 2002 from Mr. Ian...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the letter from her Department dated 18 June to the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms M....

      Countryside Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the Countryside Agency's handling of its budgetary affairs in 2003–04; and if she...

      Countryside Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will meet Hampshire county council to discuss the effect on its rural transport partnership of late changes in funding...

      Departmental Discussions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with (a) the United States, (b) the European Union and (c) environmental...

      Departmental Discussions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with (a) the United States, (b) the European Union and (c) environmental...

      Departmental Discussions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with the Department of Trade and Industry on investment in renewable energy.

      Public Sector Procurement (UK Food)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's policy on public sector procurement of United Kingdom sourced food products.

      Locally Grown Produce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures have been taken to promote and encourage the consumption of locally grown produce in the last 12 months.

      Locally Grown Produce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department has taken to promote local trade fairs and farmers' markets in the last 12 months.

      Foreign Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the application of the ethical dimension of foreign policy in her Department's activities...

      EU Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's application of (a) subsidiarity and (b) proportionality in applying EU...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by her Department on encouraging (a) co-operation and (b) stronger marketing for British farmers and...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much has been spent by her Department on progressive and appropriate science and technology in the area of food...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by her Department on the protection against the importation of (a) dangerous and (b) unacceptably...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by her Department on the development of crops which offer sustainable alternatives for (a) fuel, (b)...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to maintain the United Kingdom market share of indigenous fruit and vegetables; and how much has...

      Energy Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on Government strategy to increase the amount of energy crops grown in United Kingdom.

      Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the environmental attributes of (a) LPG, (b) biodiesel and (c) bioethanol.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the (a) activities and (b) mandate of the (i) EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain and...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions her Department's Ministers held with other departments with respect to formulating policy on the...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps towards the restoration of fisheries policy to national control, in the context of the Laeken Mandate...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the effect of EU enlargement on the competitiveness of British agriculture.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made on the effect of EU enlargement on the scale of the agricultural work force in the EU.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of EU legislation relating to agricultural production standards identified by her Department as...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to undertake departmental assessment of the competitive financial impact of EU regulations on...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the decision not to apply for a derogation to Regulation (EC) 1774/2002.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the working groups in the European Communities which relate to climate change.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) colleagues in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and (b) counterparts in the European...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list proposed EU legislation identified by her Department as setting agricultural production standards below...

      Export Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions her Department has had with the Department of Trade and Industry on reforming the Export...

      Farm Maps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will issue new satellite measured farm maps to all farmers to enable them to comply with the new requirements of the...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fishing vessels there are in each EU applicant state capable of fishing in the North Sea.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many foreign nationals work on UK flagged fishing vessels.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of United Kingdom flagged fishing vessels (a) by tonnage, (b) by horse power and (c) in absolute terms are...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what European Community compensation (a) is available to and (b) has been taken up by the Government for UK fishermen...

      Flood and Coastal Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the adjustable flood control and defences that have been constructed since May 1997; what analyses have been...

      Flood and Coastal Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the long-term strategic maintenance plans for flood defences in Lincolnshire.

      Flood and Coastal Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on changes in (a) the level and (b) the mechanisms of flood and coastal defence funding.

      Fluoridation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the effects of water fluoridation on farm businesses.

      Food Assurance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to promote food assurance schemes in the UK.

      Food Assurance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the comprehensibility of existing food assurance schemes for consumers in the UK.

      Food Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps her Department is taking to assess the role of British agriculture in providing national food security; and...

      Food Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) policy and (b) financial assessment she has made of food security in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Freedom of Information act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the electronic document and electronic record management systems which have been procured by the public...

      Genomics Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the potential of genomics research for conventional plant breeding.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the products undergoing genetically modified organism field testing in the United Kingdom.

      Import Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to prevent the importation of agricultural products produced to unacceptable standards in (a)...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on Government policy on animal welfare in the Intergovernmental Conference.

      Animal Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the policy on livestock movement restrictions; whether she plans to make any changes; and if...

      Ospar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the role of the European Union in OSPAR after the coming into force of the European Constitution.

      Seals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to tackle the phocine distemper virus in seals in the UK.

      Policy Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the use of global (a) population figures and (b) food production trends in policy development...

      Policy Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the role of the Precautionary Principle in determining Government policy in areas of...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she takes to ensure that the incentives local authorities receive to collect paper by weight to meet Government...

      River Nene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to investigate the response by the Environment Agency to the recent major pollution incident on the River...

      Rural Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to ensure the sustainability of individual rural transport partnership schemes in the light of the 10-year...

      Sheep Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the estimated costs of sheep tagging (a) to the industry and (b) as an average per capita to...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the percentage was of collection of municipal (a) non-recyclable and (b) recyclable waste in the UK in the last 12 months.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) on-farm drum incinerators, (b) on-farm carcase incinerators and (c) waste oil burners are in operation in...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the waste incinerators undergoing planning review.

  • House of Lords

    • Lords of Appeal in Ordinary and Judges: Appointments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is now responsible for (a) the appointment of Lords of Appeal in Ordinary and (b) the appointment of judges in England and Wales.

    • The Judiciary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have reason to call into question the competence, integrity or industry of any judges appointed since 1 May 1997.

      The Judiciary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have concerns about the ability of any judges to achieve impartiality and fairness in trials involving members of the ethnic minorities or those...

      The Judiciary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it has been their policy to appoint as judges those whom they regarded as the most ableand suitable for such office.

      Personal Injury Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Section 2(4) of the Law Reform Act 1948 should be repealed for all personal injury claims so that patients' rehabilitation could be provided by the...

      Civil Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the absence of legal protection for unmarried opposite-sex cohabiting couples with children, by way of access to a civil partnership registration scheme,...

      Northern Ireland: New TSN Status

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What areas of Northern Ireland have been given Targeting Social Need status; what are the criteria for selection; who makes the selection; and what the benefits...

      Northern Ireland Civil Service: Hidden Disabilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provision they have made for members of the Northern Ireland Civil Service who have a hidden disability such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, in promotion boards and...

      Northern Ireland Civil Service: Hidden Disabilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements they make for candidates for entrance into the Northern Ireland Civil Service who may be dyslexic or dyspraxic or have another hidden disability.

      Northern Ireland: Tourism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7 July (WA 6), what part-funding the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has provided to groups for...

      Language Implementation Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7 July (WA 4) concerning the budget of the Language Implementation Body, why consideration was not given to...

      North/South Implementation Bodies: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7 July (WA 3) concerning the budgets for the North/South Implementation Bodies, whether it is possible to...

      North/South Implementation Bodies: Final Accounts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all the Cross-Border Implementation Bodies have supplied final accounts for 2000, 2001 and 2002 to the North/South Ministerial Council; and, if not, which...

      North/South Implementation Bodies: Budgets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all Cross-Border Implementation Bodies had their budgets approved by the North/South Ministerial Council for the years 2000, 2001 and 2002; and, if not,...

      MoTs: Waiting Times in Belfast

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the current waiting time for an MoT at the Belfast centre is almost two months; and, if so, what steps they are taking to change this state of affairs as a...

      North/South Ministerial Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8 July (WA 23), whether all papers concerning decisions of the North/South Ministerial Council, including...

      Special European Union Programmes Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7 July (WA 3), concerning the Special European Union Programmes Body, on what basis was the proportionality...

      Special European Union Programmes Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7 July (WA 3), concerning the Special European Union Programmes Body, whether the budget for 2000 was...

      Code of Practice on Access to Government Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the Memorandum of Understanding agreed between the Cabinet Office and the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration on how government...

      Parliamentary Commissioner: Right of Public Access

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to give a high priority to amending the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 so as to create a direct right of public access to the...

      Draft Civil Contingencies Bill: Clause 25

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is a precedent for Clause 25 of the draft Civil Contingencies Bill, which stipulates that emergency regulations should be treated as primary...

      Ministers' Interests: Disclosure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the reply by the Lord Chancellor on 14 July, what interests Ministers will need to disclose to their Permanent Secretaries which they have not already...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Pay Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the staff and commissioners of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission are exempt from performance-related pay; if so, why; whether this rule applies...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the action of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in preparing a bill of rights for Northern Ireland, when the commission was...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Funding of Individual Applicants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission intends to reduce the funding of individual applicants contrary to the duty in Sections 69 (5) and 70 of the...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Gender Balance of Employees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the gender balance of the employees of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and whether this balance is consistent with domestic and European...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Attendance Record of Members

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the attendance record of members of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission since the commission's inception.

      Strangford Lough: Residential Development

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is possible to obtain planning approval for any residential developments along the coastline of Strangford Lough.

      Royal Prerogative

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11 June (WA 40) whether they will provide examples of public functions performed by Ministers of the Crown...

      Northern Ireland: Single Equality Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether work is progressing on a single Equality Bill for Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission: Cost

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much to date the Northern Ireland Parades Commission has cost.

      List of Ministerial Responsibilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the List of Ministerial Responsibilities 2003.

      Astoria Club Shooting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give details of prosecutions brought following the injuries of two men by gunshot at the Astoria Club, Charing Cross Road on 31 October 2001.

      Montserrat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent developments there have been following the volcanic eruption in Montserrat; and what further action has been or is being taken.

      Malaria

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they are doing to improve the control of malaria and the treatment of infected children in Africa.

      Liberia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they could provide an update on recent developments in Liberia and on their response to them.

      Russia: Media Independence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the recent closing of the last major independent television network in Russia, they have discussed independence of the media with Russian...

      Hong Kong: Security Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given that the new Security Bill for Hong Kong passed its Committee stage in eight hours and is likely to become law on 9 July, what discussion they are having...

      Guantanamo Bay: British Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the conditions in which British citizens are currently being detained by United States authorities at Guantanamo, as regards visits from their families...

      Guantanamo Bay: British Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider the Military Commissions proposed for the trial of British citizens detained at Guantanamo are independent and impartial tribunals...

      Guantanamo Bay: British Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the public concern of the Red Cross representative visiting Guantanamo Bay that open-ended detention is having an impact on the mental health of...

      Chechnya: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Russian government about the continued resort to torture and other forms of ill treatment by members of law enforcement...

      Togo: EU Relations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their position in discussions about the future relations of the European Union with Togo, following the recent presidential election in that country.

      US Senate and House of Representatives: Members' Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any inquiries have been made in the past five years by any staff members of Her Majesty's Embassy in Washington about the numbers of members of the United...

      Iraq: Political and Physical Reconstruction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the British and United States Governments will produce a coherent plan, with a clear timetable, for the political and physical reconstruction of Iraq.

      Iraq: Political and Physical Reconstruction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the Bremer administration is doing to restore the Iraqi police force, civil service, judiciary, armed forces and customs services; and what resources the...

      Iraq: Political and Physical Reconstruction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What resources Ambassador Bremer possesses to conduct the government of Iraq efficiently and effectively; what funds this requires; and where those funds will come...

      Small Retailers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to assist small retailers in deprived areas to improve the security of their business in the current year.

      Prison Population

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 30 June (WA 54), whether they consider that it is their responsibility to plan the maximum...

      Religious Discrimination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to implement their strategy to combat religious discrimination.

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000: Implementation by Public Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the progress being made by public bodies to comply with the requirements of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 is satisfactory; and what steps they...

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000: Implementation by Public Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect institutional racism to have been eliminated from the policies and practices of public bodies; and what involvement the victims of discrimination...

      Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the abortions of girls under 16 years of age have led to criminal prosecutions of those individuals responsible for making these girls pregnant in the...

      Identity Cards: Biometric Data

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis they estimate that there would be a £39 charge for the issue of proposed identity cards containing biometric data; and whether it includes an...

      Criminal Records Bureau: Capita Contract

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) what proportion by value of the work contracted to Capita Hartshead by the Criminal Records Bureau is undertaken in the United Kingdom; and (b) what is the...

      Prisons: Racist Incidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) What proportion of prisoners' complaints about racist incidents are upheld; (b) how many prison staff have been dismissed since April 2002 as a result of...

      Afghan Refugees: Resettlement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Afghan refugees in the United Kingdom have been resettled in Afghanistan since 2001; how many have been sent back forcibly; and how many have returned to...

      Licensed Premises: Criminal Offences in Vicinity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will advise the Metropolitan Police to provide details of criminal offences committed on, or in the vicinity of, licensed premises, when requested to...

      Equinox Club, Leicester Square: Alleged Serious Criminal Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many alleged serious criminal offences were reported to the police from the Equinox Club, Leicester Square, and its vicinity, from the beginning of 2002 to the...

      Criminal Offences: Motivation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What statistics are maintained by police forces in England and Wales of criminal offences motivated by racial or religious hatred and homophobia; and whether...

      Convention on the Future of Europe: Protocols and Proposed Constitutional Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the United Kingdom's Schengen opt-out on border controls will be preserved under the proposed Constitutional Treaty of the European Union.

      Home Office: Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the present headquarters of the Home Office was built; and what was the cost (including fitting-out and moving costs) taking inflation into account.

      Home Office: Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated total cost of building and fitting out the proposed new headquarters for the Home Office, and of moving there from the present headquarters.

      Home Office: Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the Home Office's estimates of the current open market value with vacant possession of their surplus central London freehold properties Cleland House,...

      Racial Discrimination: EC Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 15 July (HL3694), whether they participated in the negotiations of the Race Directive (Council...

      Racial Discrimination: EC Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the effect of the Regulations made to implement the Race Directive (Council Directive 2000/43/EC) is that under the amended Race Relations Act 1976 victims...

      Racial Discrimination: EC Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which other member states of the European Union have implemented the Race Directive by legislation which excludes discrimination based on colour from the...

      Racial Discrimination: EC Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Commission for Racial Equality has made representations about the exclusion of discrimination based on colour from the regulations implementing the...

      UK–US Extradition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, pursuant to Articles 24(5) and 38 of the Treaty on European Union, there are any constitutional procedures required to be followed in the United Kingdom...

      UK–US Extradition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With regard to the Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance Agreements between the European Union and the United States, what steps they are taking to ensure that...

      Prisoners: Heroin Users

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of those currently in prison were opiate users before conviction.

      Heroin Prescribing Guidance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funding is being provided for the proposed new pilot supervised injecting clinics; and whether they intend to commission any ongoing independent evaluation of...

      Offenders aged 18 to 20: Reducing Recidivism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the 76 per cent reconviction rate, what steps are they taking to reduce the number of offenders aged between 18 and 20.

      Coroners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any procedure is in place to ensure that each coroner works with the local community which he is appointed to serve; and What is the projected timetable to...

      Forensic Science Service: Annual Report and Accounts 2002–03

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the Forensic Science Service (FSS) Annual Accounts for 2002–03.

      Iraqi Military Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements they are making, together with the United States, to establish the numbers and, where possible, the identities of Iraq's military personnel who...

      Iraq: Civilian Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to the most recent war in Iraq, what arrangements they are making, together with the United States, to establish how many civilians were killed; how...

      Iraq: UK Personnel Costs of WMD Searches

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost of United Kingdom personnel who are continuing the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; and how this compares with the cost...

      Army Training and Recruiting Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money has been allocated for Army recruits and their training in the financial year 2003–04; and how many people can be recruited.

      Armed Services Ammunition: Propellant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guarantees RO Defence Ltd have given to provide sufficient propellant whenever necessary, especially in time of operations; which firms currently make...

      Service Personnel: Medical Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures or proposals are in place to accelerate medical consultations and operations for Her Majesty's Armed Forces personnel.

      Iraq War: Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the estimated costs of the Iraq war.

      Iraq: Cluster Bombs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many unexploded cluster bombs there are in Iraq.

      Iraq: Cluster Bombs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have been killed and injured by cluster bombs in Iraq since the end of the war.

      Iraq: Cluster Bombs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps are being taken to clear unexploded cluster bombs in Iraq.

      Iraq: WMD Investigations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to the two vehicles found in Iraq and suspected of being involved in the production of weapons of mass destruction, what were (a) the components of...

      Iraq: WMD Investigations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to the two vehicles found in Iraq and suspected of being involved in the production of weapons of mass destruction, how long the investigation into...

      Iraq: People Captured by British Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 16 July (WA125), what were the nationalities of: (a) the single prisoner of war; and (b) the 71 other persons...

      Iraq: People Captured by British Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 16 July (WA125), for how much longer they expect to keep without trial the 71 persons captured by British forces...

      Gulf War Veterans: Case of Shaun Rusling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the costs to the taxpayer of taking the Gulf War veteran case of Shaun Rusling to the High Court; and if the costs are still not fully ascertainable,...

      Iraq: Withdrawal of British Military Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give an undertaking that British troops will stay in Iraq until a broadly based permanent Iraq Government are established and can manage their...

      Afghanistan: Provincial Reconstruction Team

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which British troops will be sent to the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afganistan; and how many troops will be involved.

      RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall: Rights of Way

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of the risk to non-motorised users from using the C602/A1065 and C603 roads as the respective alternatives to those public rights of...

      RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall: Rights of Way

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost of complying with Section XVII of the Defence Act 1842 when the footpath at RAF Lakenheath was closed in 1999.

      RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall: Rights of Way

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations have been received since 1997 from the United States Air Force or Department of Defense regarding the use of the Defence Act 1842 to close...

      Iraq

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the situation in Iraq is developing

      Regional Assemblies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the estimated costs of establishing three regional assemblies in England.

      Rough Sleepers: Westminster Cathedral Piazza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect that overnight rough sleeping in the piazza in front of Westminster Cathedral will cease.

      South Somerset District Council Local Plan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they intend to take in the light of the conclusions of the inspector, Mr D Fenton, in his report on the South Somerset District Council local plan,...

      Child Abuse

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the replies by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland (HL Deb, 1 July, col. 876), under what circumstances something that has been proved to be false can be...

      A-Level Statistics

      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;...

      History Teaching

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have plans for a review of the teaching of history in schools; and, if so, with what purpose.

      Science Teaching: Fieldwork

      asked the Secretary of State for Education and Skills: What recent representations they have received from the Field Studies Council about the inclusion of fieldwork in the GSCE and A-level...

      Examination Standards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What benchmarks and systems the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority uses to ensure that the standards of public examinations in England are maintained from...

      Universities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To which statutory and other organisations United Kingdom universities are accountable; and to which they must apply for specific higher education funding or...

      Universities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimates they have made of the revenue that would accrue to each of the English and Welsh universities in 2006 if fees of £3,000 per student were...

      Laming Inquiry Report: Implementation of Recommendations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which recommendations from the Laming inquiry have been implemented; and which will be implemented within six months.

      Laming Inquiry Report: Implementation of Recommendations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the total cost of implementation of the recommendations in the Laming report (a) for each local authority and (b) in England as a whole.

      School Admissions Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the proposed pan-handle system for co-ordinated admission to secondary schools, whether they are confident that by the proposed start date...

      School Admissions Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the co-ordinated admissions scheme for primary schools, what problems in the current system require solution; what benefits the new system will...

      Prescriptions: Electronic Transmission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) whether they have assessed the number of patients who have come to rely on electronic transmission of prescriptions in the electronic transmission of...

      Maternity Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy towards 24-hour birthing centres.

      NHS Delayed Discharges: Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact catheter-associated urinary tract infection has on bed blocking in the National Health Service.

      Hospital Infections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made towards the 15-30 per cent reduction in hospital acquired infection, highlighted as achievable by the Public Accounts Committee.

      Devizes: Community Healthcare

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether capital receipts from the sale of existing medical facilities in Devizes, Wiltshire, will be used to finance the building of a new community hospital in...

      Food Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Motion agreed by the House on 30 June calling upon the Government to revoke the Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003, whether they have any...

      Food Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Motion agreed by the House on 30 June relating to the Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003, whether they will meet representatives of...

      Food Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Motion agreed by the House on 30 June relating to the Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003 and calling upon the Government to reopen...

      Food Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Motion agreed by the House on 30 June relating to the Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003, whether they will now undertake a fundamental...

      Warrington: Pensioners and NHS Sight Tests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pensioners in Warrington take the free eye test each year.

      Haemophilia Patients: vCJD Blood Donors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many National Health Service patients with haemophilia are known to have been treated with plasma from donors with vCJD.

      Sickle Cell Anaemia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial or other support they provide to charities involved in sickle cell anaemia research.

      NHS Redress Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will ensure that compensation for adverse outcomes from medical treatment is equitable and related to disability, rather than to contract cost, given the...

      Fresh Frozen Plasma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered sourcing fresh frozen plasma exclusively from male donors so as to protect against the risk of transfusion-related acute lung injury;...

      Fresh Frozen Plasma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 4 July (WA 152) (a) when and where the results of the fresh frozen plasma assessment carried out by the...

      Fresh Frozen Plasma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Chief Medical Officer will publish the results of his review of fresh frozen plasma.

      National Care Standards Commission: Annual Report 2002–03

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the first annual report of the National Care Standards Commission will be published.

      Health and Social Care: New Audit and Inspectorate Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they plan to meet the expenditure needed to set up the new audit and inspectorate bodies which it is planned will come into effect on 1 April 2004 as detailed...

      HSE Prosecution of Metropolitan Police Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who took the decision to prosecute the former Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, Lord Condon, and his successor, Sir John Stevens, for breaches of the...

      HSE Prosecution of Metropolitan Police Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they were informed of (a) the possibility and (b) the intention to prosecute the former Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, Lord Condon, and his...

      HSE Prosecution of Metropolitan Police Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total cost to the public purse of the prosecution of Lord Condon and Sir John Stevens for alleged breaches of health and safety legislation.

      HSE Prosecution of Metropolitan Police Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the acquittal of Lord Condon and Sir John Stevens for alleged breaches of health and safety legislation, they regard it as a sensible use of...

      HSE Prosecution of Metropolitan Police Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they propose to take forward the debate on the extent to which the requirements of health and safety legislation should be permitted to fetter the duty of...

      Benefit Sanctions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 30 June (WA 62-63), whether the Answer indicates that they do not know whether there is any...

      Warrington: Pensioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in Warrington are drawing the retirement pension.

      Warrington: Pensioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in Warrington qualify for the pensions income guarantee; and how many are claiming it.

      Warrington: Pensioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pensioners in Warrington, aged 75 or over, are receiving a free television licence.

      Warrington: Pensioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pensioners in Warrington draw the winter fuel allowance.

      Warrington: Pensioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated take up in Warrington of pensioners credit; and how many pensioners have in fact applied for it.

      Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated annual cost of implementing the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002.

      Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated additional cost to the implementation of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 to businesses licensed to dispose of asbestos; and...

      Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, what is the estimated percentage annual increase in the cost of insurance premiums to businesses...

      Ethnic Minority Employment Task Force: Appointment of Head of Secretariat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have appointed the Head of the Task Force Secretariat for Ethnic Minorities and the labour market; and what the postholder's objectives and terms of...

      Referendums

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Filkin on 26 June (WA 36), what are the range of factors and circumstances in which they believe it is appropriate for a...

      ECHR Incorporation: Special Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer on 8 July (WA 22), whether any adviser or advisers from outside the Civil Service were responsible for briefing or advising them...

      Divorce (Religious Marriages) Act 2002

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) how they will monitor the application of the requirements set out in the Divorce (Religious Marriages) Act 2002; and (b) how such statisics will be collated...

      Northern Ireland: Legal Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much has been paid out in Northern Ireland in legal aid in each year since 1994.

      Civil Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are legitimate reasons why some opposite-sex cohabiting couples may be unable or unwilling to marry; and if so, how they propose that such couples...

      Civil Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce legislation to reform the law on cohabiting opposite-sex couples along the lines of reforms made in other common law countries such as...

      Civil Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to paragraph 4.21 of Civil Partnership: A framework for the legal recognition of same-sex couples, whether they will ensure that same-sex marriages...

      Civil Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is evidence from countries, such as the Netherlands, which have civil partnership registration schemes for opposite-sex cohabiting couples, showing...

      Civil Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the relative cost to the public purse of including in the proposed civil partnership registration scheme opposite-sex cohabiting couples and same-sex...

      Civil Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether public expenditure implications influenced their decision to exclude opposite-sex cohabiting couples from the proposed civil partnership registration scheme.

      Civil Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 14 July (WA 77–78), how they justify their refusal to amend the law so far as to provide...

      Post Offices: Urban/Rural Classification

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the criteria for defining sub-post offices as either urban or rural.

      Microchips

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 14 July (WA 86), (a) why their response in June to the Science and Technology Committee's report...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answers by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 14 July (HL Deb, cols. 620–21), (a) how many customers have opted for a Post Office card account;...

      WEEE Directive: Printer Cartridges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they plan to classify inkjet cartridges for printers as consumables rather than electrical waste under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.

      Wind Turbines: Environmental Assessments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What studies and assessments have been made on the likely effect of the recently proposed wind turbines upon both residents and migrating bird species.

      Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey: Pipeline

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the agreement in law made between the pipeline consortium led by BP and the Governments of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey in respect of the pipeline from...

      Tuberculosis: Wild Animals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they have issued with regard to the notification of tuberculosis in wild animals, especially deer; and if none, whether they intend to issue such...

      Genetically Modified Crops: Unauthorised Cultivation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether British farmers could be sued or prosecuted for having, without intent, genetically modified plants among their crops, as is the case in Canada; and, if...

      Cetacean Bycatch

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the publication of the United Kingdom cetacean bycatch response strategy, what progress has been made with each of the recommendations as set out in...

      Local food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the objectives of the policy report for Ministers which is being prepared by the Local Food Sub-Group of the Working Group on Regional Food, led by the...

      Agriculture: Sectors of Interest

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given that the report by Sir Don Curry, Sustainable Food and Farming, indicated that there are different bodies of work requiring different approaches, whether the...

      Dichlorvos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the suspension on 19 April 2002 of a range of insecticides containing dichlorvos— (a) what scientific, peer-reviewed evidence was used by...

      Cattle Herds with Reactors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will update the graph on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website which shows "percentage of all cattle herds with reactors", so...

      Shellfish Sampling: Weymouth Laboratory

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When testing facilities at the government laboratory in Weymouth will be improved to match those used in Holland and France, which no longer rely on the most...

      BSE

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish a table, in the same format as their Written Answer of 22 May 2002 (WA 104) showing the number of cases of BSE confirmed each week in...

      Farmland Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given that the decline or increase in bird populations is one of the Government's 15 indicators of sustainable development, why in Regional Quality of Life Counts...

      Farmland Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given that Regional Quality of Life Counts shows that both farmland and woodland birds are either declining in population or not increasing to recover their...

      Slug Pellets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 10 March (WA 152) in which he stated that research shows "increasing pesticide use may indirectly contribute to...

      Genetically Modified Crops: Public Debate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what date and in what form they have asked the independent steering group running the GM public debate to present their conclusions as to public opinion on...

      Genetically Modified Crops: Public Debate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evaluation procedures will be used to measure the public's response to the GM debate.

      Agricultural and Flower Shows: Defra Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs expenditure for the most recent 12-month period on hiring, equipping and manning exhibition...

      Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Permits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many integrated pollution prevention and control permits have been issued by poultry farmers to date; and how long it took to issue them.

      Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Permits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have estimated the overall cost of permit fees for those applying for poultry integrated pollution prevention and control permits (a) in the first...

      Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Permits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many officials are dealing with the integrated pollution prevention and control applications.

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Libya, when they will begin a programme to evaluate rapid technologies for testing foot and mouth disease in...

      Armillatox

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will use their single revocation power under European Union Directive 91/414 to allow the honey fungus exterminator, Armillatox, to remain on sale at...

      CAP: Single Farm Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list the 18 "cross-compliance" directives or regulations which farmers will have to meet in order to qualify for the single farm payment under...

      "Pyramid" Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to introduce legislation to prohibit "pyramid schemes".

      Climate Change Levy: Heat Treatment Sector

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the announcement in the Budget on 9 April that the Government are willing to consider alternative criteria for defining which energy-intensive sections...

      Football Transfer Deals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the recent transfer of a footballer from Leeds United to Liverpool, what plans they have to make football transfer deals more transparent.

      Tobacco Products: Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to add to the tax duty on tobacco products an element to pay for litter collection and disposal.

      World War Debts to US

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When was war debt payable to the United States last discussed between the Prime Minister and the President of the United States.

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