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Written answers

Monday, 27 October 2003

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Landing Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was paid by his Department in respect of landing fees for British military aircraft using commercial airfields (a) in each of the last three...

    • Army Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has held with Scottish army regiments on restructuring.

      Bechtel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the contracts for consultancy and work carried out by Bechtel in each year since 1997, stating in each case (a) the nature of the work,...

      C130 Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many C130J Hercules have been delivered; and how many serviceable engines there are; how many C130J Hercules aircraft are grounded because of a...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 16 October 2003, Official Report, columns 321–22W, on military aid to Colombia, if he will break down the figures of (a)...

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with representatives of Governments participating in the International Security Assistance force in Afghanistan about the use...

      Fast Jet Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many trained fast jet pilots are serving in flying roles in the RAF; and how many have served in each year since 1997.

      Hawk Trainer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what name is to be given to the new Hawk trainer.

      Hired Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many tankers have been hired by his Department to transport fuel for the Royal Navy and at what cost, in each of the past three years.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on recent developments regarding plans to disarm Iraqi civilians.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how often he plans to rotate British troops in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it Government policy to launch inquiries into incidents in which Iraqi civilians have been killed in Iraq by United Kingdom and United...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the United States Administration in respect of the publication of the report of the finding of the Iraq Survey Group;...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to visit Iraq to view the reconstruction programme.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement outlining the circumstances under which the test tube of botulinum was discovered in Iraq and how long it had been stored in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement regarding his assessment of the United Kingdom Government's claim that Niger was prepared to sell uranium to Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence why British experts on the Iraq Survey Group have not been given access to the classified version of the report presented by David Kay; and if he will...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the test tube discovered in Iraq contained (a) the bacteria botulinum and (b) the toxin itself; what strain it was; how many times more toxic...

      Iraq

      Mr. Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to receive the final report from the survey group in Iraq on weapons of mass destruction.

      Life Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long an army reservist would need to serve in hostile or war conditions before life insurance under the Army PAX scheme would cover war risks.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will provide a precise figure for the number of nuclear warheads stockpiled by the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the approximate yield is of the warheads deployed on the United Kingdom's Trident missiles; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the United Kingdom's nuclear weapons are also assigned to NATO.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the sub-strategic role is of the United Kingdom's nuclear weapons; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many United States nuclear weapons are based in the United Kingdom; what the purpose is of their deployment; and if he will make a statement.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department gives preference to British defence companies (a) when selecting producers for equipment and (b) for project procurement; and if...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the terms of the contract for the procurement of Meteor missiles are, with particular reference to the total agreed to purchase cost; and if he will...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if it is Her Majesty's Government's policy to reserve the right to be the first to use weapons of mass destruction in war.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Direct Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the progress being made on moving away from the use of order books and giros by the Post Office.

    • Company Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will amend the requirement for companies to submit provisional accounts to the National Statistical Office before those accounts have...

      Employers' Liability Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department has conducted into the proportion of the cost of employers' liability compulsory insurance that is taken up by...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what changes the Government is seeking in Article III—157 of the draft EU Constitution concerning energy policy.

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what power the EU will have under Article III—157 of the EU Constitution to regulate UK oilfields by majority vote.

      Gas Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with other governments, with particular reference to those of (a) Russia and (b) Algeria, on the supply of...

      Inkjet Cartridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what discussions she has had with EU Trade and Industry Ministers about including printer inkjet cartridges in the implementation of the...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value of export credits for Iran has been in each year since 1996; and what the main trade products between Iran and the UK have been.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance her Department provides to manufacturing companies in the UK to improve export levels; and if she will make a statement on the...

      Oil Stocks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans the EU has to share oil stocks in the event of an oil crisis.

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons a married couple will be issued with two different Pin numbers for a Post Office card account when the card account holder...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons a married couple are not permitted to open a joint Post Office card account.

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what eligibility restrictions there are on a Post Office card account.

      Postcomm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on how the principles of good regulation, set down by the Better Regulation Taskforce, of (a) proportionality,...

      Postcomm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if (1) she will take steps to strengthen Postcomm's penalty system for failure to achieve postal service quality targets; (2) what research...

      Postcomm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the terms of reference she has laid down for Postcomm to guide its duties, purpose and activities.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the rural post offices in Shropshire which have closed in each year since 1990.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will take steps to ensure that the Skegoneill Post Office in North Belfast remains.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices have closed within the Forest of Dean constituency in (a) each of the last 12 months and (b) the previous five years.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices have closed in Gloucestershire in (a) each of the last 12 months and (b) the previous five years.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will publish the classifications of sub-post offices in the Stroud constituency; and what discussions she has had with individual...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many telephone exchanges in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland are broadband-enabled; what percentage this is of the total of telephone exchanges...

      Retail Pharmacy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the proposed exemption of large shopping developments from the control of entry requirements for retail pharmacy services will be...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • River Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to reduce nitrate concentrations in English rivers.

    • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on (a) the process of establishing area of outstanding natural beauty conservation boards...

      Atrazine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in which EU countries atrazine is banned.

      Beef Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the earliest possible date is on which the beef export market could be opened; and if she will make a statement.

      Beef Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much UK-produced beef was exported by (a) weight and (b) value in 2002; and what percentage of this was (i) beef of UK...

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement about the reasons for the Government's decision to discontinue financial support for Professor...

      Circo Atlas Circus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy not to grant authorisations for exports to the Circo Atlas Circus in Portugal; and if she will...

      Coastal Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the grant funding paid to each local authority in each of the last 10 years for coast protection schemes.

      Coastal Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information she has received in respect of properties lost as a result of coastal erosion in each of the last 10 years,...

      Environmental Sustainability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where the UK ranks in the Environmental Sustainability Index; and if she will list the rankings of other EU countries.

      EU Chemical Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement of 22 September, on the EU chemical policy, what impact the outcome of the e-mail...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with parish councils on their ability to pay for flood prevention schemes.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in how many cases her Department is withholding and offsetting the payment of fees to valuers because of disputes over...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many contractors have outstanding claims against her Department for invoices relating to work done and claimed to have...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in how many cases her Department has refused to pay to livestock owners all or part of the sums due as compensation in...

      Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements she intends to put in place to ensure co-existence between genetically modified crops and those produced by...

      Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her European counterparts on the introduction of genetically modified crops in EU...

      Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role the Government has taken in the development of EU policy on genetically modified crops.

      Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Department is taking to protect the interests of businesses from contamination by GM crops, with particular...

      Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the field scale evaluation GM crop trials in the management of individual crops.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure that there will be no resumption of live exports of horses, ponies and donkeys...

      Organic Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Government spent in 2002–03 on (a) research into and (b) support for (i) organic farming and (ii) GM crops.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the steps being taken to increase recycling rates from (a) household waste, (b) business and...

      Regional Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been paid to food producers in the 2002 scheme year payments by the Regional Payments Agency in England, broken...

      Renardine 72–2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on licensing Renodene for use as a badger deterrent.

      Sheep Quota

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the market value of sheep quota per unit is; what the value of the annual payment from public funds per unit was in the...

      Warm Front Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people (a) in the UK and (b) in the Wycombe constituency who were declared eligible for warm front grants have not...

      Waste Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she used in drawing up the 2004 packaging waste targets; when the targets will be announced; and what progress...

      Water Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from the farming sector about the proposal in the Water Bill for time-limited licences.

  • Treasury

    • Mrsa

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress the Department has made on implementing a system of enabling MRSA to be recorded on death certificates.

    • Bechtel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list contracts for consultancy or work carried out by Bechtel in each year since 1997 stating in each case (a) the nature of the work, (b) the...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of child tax credit reassessments that will be required in 2003–04 due to rises in income in excess of the £2,500...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the hon. Member for West Worcestershire will receive a response to his letter of 16 September.

      Crown Estate Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income has been received by the Crown Estate from rents paid for cables which use the seabed for each financial year since 1997.

      Crown Estate Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income has been received by the Crown Estate from wind-powered electricity generating installations situated offshore for each financial year since...

      Crown Estate Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income has been received by the Crown Estate from rents paid by Scottish fish farmers for each financial year since 1997.

      Emigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of UK citizens who have emigrated from the UK in each of the last five years, broken down by destination country.

      Gold Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the proceeds of gold sales from the UK reserves were in each year since 1997; and if he will estimate the value of that gold at today's prices.

      Government Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list vacant (a) Government owned and (b) Government leased buildings; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Rents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent studies his Department has undertaken on rents paid by central Government buildings in London compared to alternative locations.

      Housing Market Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on (a) prices and (b) volumes of transactions in the housing market.

      Illegal Meat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the occasions on which illegal meat has been seized by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise since 1 May; and what quantities were obtained in...

      Income Distribution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of national income accrued to the (a) top and (b) bottom (i) 1 per cent, (ii) 5 per cent. (iii) 10 per cent. and (iv) 20 per cent. of the...

      Investment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of (a) non-residential business investment, (b) residential business investment, (c) public investment and (d) total investment in...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the calculations on which the 40 p per litre duty rebate on liquefied petroleum gas are based.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the national minimum wage was introduced; what the level was; what the (a) level and (b) date was of each increase; and what each of these levels was...

      Net Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to review his forecasts for net borrowing before the forthcoming Pre-Budget Report.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total duty levied on goods marked as made in Israel but which originate from the Occupied Territories since the Treasury...

      Personal Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings have taken place in the last three months between the Treasury, the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority to discuss (a) the...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the percentage of all new capital assets used by the public sector and provided by private finance initiative in (a)...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether in a private finance initiative contract including the use of physical property the property is retained by the private sector at the conclusion of...

      Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in relation to the estimation of the cost of pensions under the Whole of Government Accounts, what excess of the discount rate over the rate of price...

      Registration (Births)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made in establishing a ceremony for the registration of births of children which records the mutual rights and responsibilities of the...

      Relocation (County Durham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received, and from whom, on relocation of government departments to County Durham.

      Retirement (Paid Employment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people who have retired in each of the last five years are still in paid employment.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to business of implementing the stamp duty land tax regulations; and if he will make a statement.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when he will reply to the letter of 15 August from the hon. Member for Richmond Park on the Judicial Trustees Act 1896.

    • Defamation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to reform the law on defamation to enable quicker and less costly resolution of claims.

      Departmental Establishment Costs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate he has made of the costs that will be incurred in the setting-up of his Department.

      Immigration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many immigration appeals were heard by the Immigration Appellate Authority in the last 12 months for which figures...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to increase the accountability of the Legal Services Commission for its decisions on the granting of...

      Small Claims Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the minimum fee for enforcing a judgment in the small claims court is; and whether the fees increase according to...

      Small Claims Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the Secretary of State's policy is on non-adjudicating staff in the small claims court giving assistance to parties...

      Small Claims Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans the Secretary of State has to reform the small claims court.

      Small Claims Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the minimum fee chargeable by the small claims court for issuing a claim is; and what the sliding scale of fees for...

  • Prime Minister

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Prime Minister which Government Department is responsible for the formulation of Government policy on biofuels.

    • Confidential Material

      To ask the Prime Minister what mechanism exists to regulate individuals who are neither Ministers or civil servants but who are invited to undertake tasks for him which involve access to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer of 22 October 2003, Official Report, column 636, to the hon. Member for Nottingham, South (Alan Simpson), if he will place in the Library a...

  • International Development

    • Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the diarrhoea epidemic in the north west region of the Central African Republic.

    • Democratisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how his Department is supporting the democratisation processes in poor countries considered to be committed to reform.

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of the Department's budget in each of the last three years has been spent on programmes and projects with an explicit...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many internally displaced persons of Iraqi nationality he estimates there are in UN administered camps in countries neighbouring Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many internally displaced persons he estimates there are in UN-administered camps in Iraq.

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on recent progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

      Reproductive Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to his answer of 14 October 2003, Official Report, columns 70–71W on reproductive health, what the (a) structure, (b)...

      Trade Liberalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will assess the effect of full trade liberalisation by (a) all countries and (b) developed countries only on the distribution of...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action he is taking to tackle the health problems in the Teso region of Uganda.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) purpose and (b) cost was of military and civilian assistance provided by the UK Government to Colombia in each of...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter to him, dated 11 September 2003, from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard...

      Draft European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the provision under Article IX of the draft European constitution for member states to withdraw from the constitution if...

      EU Diplomacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in what countries the UK relies on EU diplomatic representation; and what plans he has to rely on EU representation in two...

      General Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the General Affairs and External Relations Council held on 13 to 14 October; what the Government's...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of infringements of human rights in Hong Kong.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on discussions with the Government of Iran about nuclear weapons proliferation.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will urge the UN Security Council to take steps to deploy human rights monitors throughout Iraq in line with General...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his Department's support for the draft UN resolution on the political and economic reconstruction...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that the draft resolution on the reconstruction of Iraq will be implemented by the United...

      Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Japanese authorities concerning the imprisonment of Mr. Nicholas Baker; and...

      Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) the conditions in which Mr. Nicholas Baker is being held in Japan and (b) his...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) which of the UK overseas territories he plans to visit in the next 12 months; (2) what official visits he plans to make...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next plans to discuss Gibraltar's sovereignty with the Government of Spain.

      Mr. Kenny Richey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the United States Administration about the imprisonment on death row in Ohio of Mr. Kenny...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the Government of Pakistan is a sponsor of terrorism; and if he will make a statement.

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many student visas were granted in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the 20 (a) further education institutions and (b) higher education institutions with the highest number of...

      Working Holidaymakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the process for considering applications for entry clearance as working holiday makers is the same for applicants from...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service Secondments(Science and Technology)

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people from science and technology backgrounds have been seconded into the Civil Service following the recommendation of the Council for...

    • Flooding

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions he has had with DEFRA on contingency plans for autumn flooding.

      Charter Mark

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on Charter Mark awards.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the (a) make of and (b) engine size of and (c) type of fuel used by each official car, broken down by holder.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what mechanism exists to identify the improper use of Government cars; what procedure is used to notify the user of improper use; and on how many...

  • Transport

    • Airport Capacity (South-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport following the publication of the White Paper on the future of airport expansion in the UK, whether the chosen site for expansion in the South East will...

    • Airport Capacity (South-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the likely timescale between the publication of the White Paper on the future of airport expansion in the UK...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements he intends to put in place to meet European Union targets for biofuel use by (a) 2005 and (b) 2010.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 14 October 2003, Official Report, column 165W, on biofuels, what assessment he has made of the costs if the UK were to set...

      Concessionary Travel Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with representatives of local government about the possibility of changes to the national minimum standards for...

      Concessionary Travel Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the additional payments were in each year since 2001–02 from central Government to (a) local government in England and (b) each local...

      Concessionary Travel Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of concessionary travel schemes was (a) in England and (b) in each local authority and London borough for (i) the elderly and (ii) the...

      Concessionary Travel Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the administration costs of implementing national minimum standards for concessionary travel schemes were for (a) local government in England,...

      Concessionary Travel Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the national minimum standards for concessionary travel schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the hon. Member for West Worcestershire will receive a response to his letter of 26 June 2003, reference AD/MC/011086/03.

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether, in respect of applications for entry clearance from working holiday makers, identical requirements and conditions are applied for applicants...

      Traffic Management Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Regulatory Impact Assessment on local government and the utility companies of the proposed Traffic Management Bill will be made available to...

      Traffic Management Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the impact of the introduction of broadband has been taken into account in the Regulatory Impact Assessment on local government and the utility...

      Traffic Management Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the parties who have been asked by his Department to contribute to the Regulatory Impact Assessment on local government and the utility...

      Vehicle Excise Duty Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many unlicensed vehicles he estimates the DVLA will (a) wheel clamp and (b) crush in 2004.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Direct Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultations he has had with the Banking Association to ensure that pensioners required to open bank accounts to receive their state...

    • Direct Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housebound, disabled and blind pensioners not in possession of a bank account he estimates will be able to receive state benefits over...

      Direct Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent consultations the Government has undertaken on the circumstances in which it will permit pensioners to retain their pension books...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints were received per month from Child Support Agency clients (a) in the six months previous to the introduction of the new...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Child Support Agency has referred recipients of CSA payments back to their ex-partner in order to sort out future payments.

      Disability Appeals Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people have sat as a panel member of a disability appeal tribunal in (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02 and (c) 2002–03.

      Fibromyalgia Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans the Government has to include fibromyalgia syndrome in the list of diseases which enable industrial injury payments.

      Food Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on food by his Department and by each of the agencies for which it is responsible in (a) 2001–02 and (b)...

      Full Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress is being made in achieving full employment; what further plans he has to assist people into work; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will issue guidance for determining when it is reasonable not to be paid for voluntary work, in relation to entitlement to income support.

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents are in receipt of income support where the youngest child is 11 or above; and what the average weekly amount is of (a)...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners have opened a Post Office card account since April.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of customers his Department estimates will open a Post Office card account (a) in total, (b) for each benefit and (c) in each...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many inquiries about Post Office card accounts have been received; how many applications to open an account have been received; how many...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in Leeds, West have been lifted out of poverty since 1997.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents have (a) moved off income support and on to the working families tax credit and (b) left the working families tax credit...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that the regulation of radio and television broadcasting is transparent and effective; and if she...

    • Departmental Expenditure (Official Residences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many football clubs with grounds in inner urban areas (a) have relocated since 1997 and (b) intend to relocate to new sites on the...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding she gives to support the maintenance of football pitches in public ownership in (a) England and (b) Kent.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether, under the Licensing Act 2003, a licensing authority which is aware that a bar or pub has been a source of complaint by nearby...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will issue the statutory guidance and regulations relating to the Licensing Act 2003.

      Travel Agents (VAT)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she and her officials have met their counterparts in the Treasury to discuss the implications of the changes proposed by the...

      TV Licensing (Prosecutions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what system is used by TV Licensing in Northern Ireland to record and monitor where prosecutions are being brought.

  • Education and Skills

    • Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what therapeutic services are available for abused children; and if he will make a statement.

    • Capital Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Government capital projects for schools had as a requirement that the school reduce its size, in the last year for which figures...

      Chemistry Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were in training specialising in chemistry in each of the last five years.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2003 to the hon. Member for Bristol, West (Valerie Davey), Official Report, column 141W. on Connexions,...

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of people aged 13 to 19 in England were (a) being educated in a school or college and (b) not engaged in education,...

      Citizenship Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will require responsible consumption and its effects on the environment and society to be included within lessons on citizenship.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance his Department issues to (a) schools and teachers and (b) the Connexions Service on depression in children and young people.

      Education Act (Innovation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list schools which have applied for exemptions from statutory requirements relating to innovation under the Education Act 2002,...

      Examination Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the local education authorities in the (a) first decile and (b) tenth decile for results at (i) Key Stage 2, (ii) Key Stage...

      Foster Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the national award scheme for foster carers envisaged in the Green Paper 'Every Child Matters' will be assessed; and what the scheme...

      Foster Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what framework regulates private fostering; and what definition he uses of private fostering.

      GNVQ Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 14 June 2003, Official Report, column 100W, on GCSE/GNVQ point scores, what the uptake was of full-time...

      Finance (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects to respond to the request for additional financial resources made on 26 September by the Essex Secondary Headteachers'...

      Key Stage 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will allow local education authorities to renegotiate their targets for key stage two.

      Languages Pathfinders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Languages Pathfinders have been established in (a) West Sussex and (b) England so far this year; and if he will make a statement.

      Mathematics Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were in training specialising in mathematics in each of the last five years for which records exist.

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Ofsted inspectors are qualified teacher trainers; and if he will make a statement.

      PFI Projects (Jarvis)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many PFI school projects operated by Jarvis have been halted because contractors have not been paid for work completed.

      PGCE (Foreign Languages)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) places and (b) entrants for the modern foreign languages Post Graduate Certificate in Education course there were in each year...

      Residential Care (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were in residential care in (a) England and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire in each of the last two years.

      Rural Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what has been spent since 1997 on projects to increase standards in rural schools.

      School Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what approaches have been made to his Department regarding the establishment of school companies.

      School Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the school companies which have been established under the Education Act 2002.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will make a statement on the future payment of educational transitional funds to Worcestershire county council.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding increase is (a) in money terms and (b) as a percentage on 2002–03 for Hampshire schools this year, without...

      Schools (Earned Autonomy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list schools which have applied for earned autonomy under the Education Act 2002, indicating in each case (a) the project covered...

      Sector Skills Council Boundaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his Answer of 17 September, reference 129985 what plans he has to harmonise reporting of work-based participation and success...

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have (a) opened and (b) closed sixth forms since 1997.

      Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which sector skills councils are (a) licensed, (b) due to be licensed by 31st December and (c) due to be licensed by 30 June 2004.

      Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the total UK work force will be covered by each proposed sector skills council.

      Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which sector skills council will have a remit for careers advice and guidance services.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 25 June 2003, Official Report, column 783W, on specialist schools, if he will assess, with reference to sports...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many supply teachers were employed in each year since 1997, and what proportion of those had qualified teacher status, broken down by...

      Teacher Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his Department estimates to be the total average annual salary cost to (a) schools, (b) his Department and (c) local education...

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of students (a) started and (b) completed teacher training courses for each yearly intake between 1995 and 2001.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the pass/fail rate was of teacher trainees sitting the (a) basic literacy test and (b) basic numeracy test set by the Teacher Training...

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacant teacher posts existed in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) special schools in each year since 1997, broken...

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reasons 1998 was used as the baseline year for calculating teenage pregnancy rates since the launch of the teenage pregnancy strategy.

      Training and Enterprise Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his Answer of 1 September 2003, Official Report, column 774W, on the Training and Enterprise Council, when he intends to publish...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children have played truant in each month of the academic year 2002–03 in each local education authority.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what has been spent since 1997 on projects to reduce truancy in schools.

  • Health

    • Assisted Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to ensure that medical staff do not perform procedures to assist dying; and if he will make a statement.

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research into autism has been supported financially by his Department in the last 18 months; and how much money was allocated in each case.

      Cancers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of cancers caused by the emission of carcinogens from petrol and diesel vehicles in the latest year for which...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many publicly-funded care home places there were in London in each year since 1997.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 25 September 2003, Official Report, column 1268W, on care homes, what his assessment is of (a) the reasons for the drop in the...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 20 October 2003, Official Report, column 453W, on care homes, how many (a) nursing home and (b) residential home places there...

      Cataract Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average unit cost of a cataract operation at each trust within the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority Area has been in 2003; and what the...

      Corneal Grafts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what targets he has set for UK Transplant to increase the number of corneal grafts available for transplant in the UK; and if he will make a...

      Dental Practice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the future of the Dental Practice Board.

      Dental Technicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial resources are allocated from the NHS budget for the recruiting and training of dental technicians during the next three years.

      Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many 11 to 17-year-olds are diagnosed as suffering from depression; what proportion of that age group this figure represents; and how many of those...

      Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research his Department has commissioned into links between the consumption of anti-depressants by young people and the risk of suicide; and if...

      Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on (a) the Government's policy on tackling depression in young people and (b) the steps he is taking to raise awareness of...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce an insulin user's identity card for diabetics; and if he will make a statement.

      Essex Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the names of those people who were considered for the post of Chairman of the Essex Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

      Gosport War Memorial Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from relatives of deceased patients in the Gosport War Memorial Hospital in the last 12 months; and if he will make a...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards the target for extra hospital beds in the NHS.

      Inpatient Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are waiting for inpatient hospital treatment in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area.

      Local Pharmacy Services Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which services are included in Local Pharmacy Services pilots.

      Local Pharmacy Services Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Local Pharmacy Services pilots are running; and which areas they serve.

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the comments of the Royal Commission on long-term care of 29 September 2003, with special reference to the Government's...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each primary care trust the number of mental health patients.

      Midwifery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether independent midwives will be included within the scope of the NHS Litigation Authority; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Senior Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to his Answer of 1 September 2003, Official Report, column 948W, on NHS senior management, if he will list the headings of the record...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the hon. Member for West Worcestershire will receive a response to PQ1035099.

      Patient Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of patients' deaths occurred within 30 days of surgery in Hull and the East Riding in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

      Personal Dental Services Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which areas Personal Dental Services pilots have been introduced.

      Pharmaceutical Products (Embryos)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government has to require manufacturers of pharmaceutical products derived from human embryos or foetuses to label their products.

      Post-operative Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the research undertaken by University College, London, and Columbia University, New York, into the relative death rates...

      Proton Therapy (Clatterbridge Hospital)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on investment in proton therapy at Clatterbridge hospital.

      Shropshire Central Services (Staffing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff worked in Central Services for Shropshire County Council in each year since 1997.

      Public Interest Disclosure Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his Department's obligations under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998; how many complaints were made concerning his...

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Kent and Medway strategic health authority will be required to passport to hospices in Kent all of the £1.5 million funding which he...

      Stroke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of specialised stroke units are (a) acute care units, (b) rehabilitation stroke units and (c) both acute care and rehabilitation stroke units.

      Vehicle Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the common carcinogens emitted from petrol and diesel vehicles in the UK; and the tonnages of each emitted in the latest available year.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Contracts (Bechtel)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list contracts for consultancy or work carried out by Bechtel in each year since 1997 stating in each case (a) the nature of the work, (b) the value of...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will reply to the letter to him dated 15 September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Sylvia Mason.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the hon. Member for West Worcestershire will receive a response to his letter to the Minister of State for Local and Regional Government of 22 September.

      Council Housing Stock

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total impact on employment in local housing authorities has been where transfers of all or part of the housing stock have taken place.

      Councillors (Tenure)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2003, Official Report, column 403W on councillors (tenure), whether this change will be enacted by primary legislation.

      Electoral Registration Departments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the budgets allocated to electoral registration departments by each local authority (a) in total and (b) per head of population in descending...

      Energy Performance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he plans to set requirements for entire renovated buildings over 1,000 sq m as proposed under Article 6 of Directive 2002/91 on the Energy Performance of Buildings.

      Equity Loans Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many social workers will benefit from interest-free mortgages under the equity loans scheme announced by his Department.

      Ex-firefighters (Pensions)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many ex-firefighters are being paid a pension because of early retirement through ill health; and what monitoring systems are in place to ensure that the ill...

      Homeless Households

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will publish a summary of information being collected from local authorities on the (a) type and (b) sex of members of homeless households in bed and...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what financial allocations have been made to each of the housing renewal pathfinders in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what percentage of the electorate in the North West Region all ward memberships will be up for election at the local elections scheduled for June 2004.

      Local Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many councils in the North West Region have elections of all members scheduled for June 2004.

      Local Government (Compensation Claims)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much compensation has been paid in claims against local government in London in each of the last six years.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities in England and Wales were affected by the floors and ceilings in the local government settlement for 2003–04; and how much grant...

      Public Services (Co-payments)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to introduce co-payments for the public services for which he is responsible.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will include maps showing options for the proposed new local government areas with the postal ballot papers to be sent out in the referendums on regional...

      Revenue Support Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the revenue support grant per head for 2003–04 in each English county council.

      Revenue Support Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with Suffolk county council regarding the revenue support grant settlement in the past 12 months.

      Surveys/Questionnaires

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) which local authorities have sent out surveys to their residents as a requirement by his Department in the last 12 months; and on what issues; (2) how many...

      Tenant Management

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many tenant management organisations have been wound up in the last three years for which figures are available.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are held in detention under immigration law.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change there was in the number of asylum applications between October 2002 and September 2003.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there were in each of the last three years.

      Border Controls (Northern France)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the development of UK border controls in Northern France.

      Anti-social Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the role of local communities in tackling antisocial behaviour.

      Anti-social Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what anti-social behaviour measures his Department will introduce to tackle the problem of abandoned cars.

      Anti-social Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) producing and distributing the tackling anti-social behaviour action plan booklet and (b)...

      Crime Detection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his Department's role in assisting the police to improve detection of crime.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) asbestos surveys and (b) the management and removal of asbestos since 1...

      Asylum and Immigration (Publicly Funded Work)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the results of the consultation paper, Proposed Changes to Publicly Funded Immigration and Asylum Work will be published.

      Bechtel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the contracts for consultancy and other work carried out by Bechtel in each year since 1997 stating in each case (a) the...

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2003, Official Report, column 549W, on the Charity Commission, when the Charity Commission will write to the...

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the recruitment of community support officers.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons were for the delay in transferring the letter of 3 July, on behalf of Mr. R. A. Forde, from the hon. Member for Christchurch...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 11 September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. Muhammad Rafique.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 1 September 2003, Official Report, column 974W, on criminal records checks, how many representations he has...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 3 June 2003, Official Report, columns 141–42W, on Criminal Records Bureau unit costs, what the agency's...

      Dog Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of the theft of pet dogs have been recorded in each of the last five years (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each police...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what level of evidence is required for an extradition order to be granted to extradite an individual (a) to the USA from the UK and (b) from...

      Firearms Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many offences were committed in which (a) a firearm and (b) a replica firearm was used in each of the last 10 years; and if he will...

      Firearms Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the level of gun crime is in the United Kingdom.

      Firearms Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on gun crime in the United Kingdom.

      Gun Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to prevent the illegal trade in guns.

      Gwent Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has received a recommendation from Gwent Police Authority to issue a certificate of forfeiture for all or part of the pension of...

      Gwent Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many investigations an employee of Gwent Police whose name has been communicated to him has been the subject of; and what the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the timescale for the secondment of the police personnel to Iraq; how many have been recruited to date; and...

      Jamaican Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of women prisoners are (a) Jamaican nationals and (b) Jamaican nationals convicted of drug-trafficking offences in each of...

      National Criminal Intelligence Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how many staff at the National Criminal Intelligence Service have monitoring of allegations of bribery of foreign public officials is...

      National Criminal Intelligence Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many allegations of corruption the National Criminal Intelligence Service has received since (a) 14 February 2002 and (b) January 2003...

      Police Forces (DNA Samples Retention)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the extent to which the extension of powers for police forces to retain DNA samples of suspects...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether it is his policy that the Prison Service should promote the procurement of British food; what guidance he has issued to the...

      Professional Footballers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he has issued to chief constables on invoking legislation relating to assault, violent behaviour and anti-social behaviour...

      Professional Footballers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what powers professional footballers may be charged for offences of assault, violent behaviour and anti-social behaviour during a...

      Remand Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 23 June 2003, Official Report, column 603W, on remand prisoners, (1) how many (a) unconvicted and (b) convicted...

      Victim Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in taking forward the recommendations on recruiting volunteers to provide support to victims in high crime areas...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Belfast Regeneration Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what approach will be taken to applications for Belfast Regeneration Office Action Plan funding which were solicited by the Belfast Regeneration...

    • Belfast Regeneration Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the draft strategy for Belfast Regeneration Office.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many residential child care places there are in each Northern Ireland parliamentary constituency.

      Crime (Belfast)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the clear-up rate is for crime in each (a) ward and (b) district council unit in Belfast in each of the last three years.

      Crime (Racism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of crimes committed in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997 were racially motivated; what steps he is taking to reduce these...

      Disability Rights Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many of the recommendations of the Disability Rights Task Force have been implemented in Northern Ireland and how many are still...

      E-commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Northern Ireland-based businesses he estimates trade using e-commerce website technology.

      Fire Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what building regulations relating to fire escapes apply to (a) dwellings and (b) offices with three or more floors in Northern Ireland;...

      Fort George (Derry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make it his policy that the purchase of Fort George in Derry from the integrated development fund does not detract from the overall...

      GM Crop Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with ministers in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on holding GM crop trials in...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the organisation of (a) revised individual learning accounts and (b) career development loans in Northern Ireland.

      Integrated Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the progress of plans for the Integrated Development Fund announced in March 2003 and on the quality of...

      International Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost of (a) the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference, (b) the British-Irish Council and (c) the North-South Implementation...

      North/South Ministerial Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost has been since April 1998 of the North/South Ministerial Council.

      Pension Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the take-up rate for pension credits is in each Northern Ireland parliamentary constituency.

      Police Service Training College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been made available for the new Police Service of Northern Ireland training college; what progress has been made in identifying...

      Public Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many public disorder incidents there were in the Cluan Place/Short Strand area from 1 June to 30 September in (a) 2003 and (b) 2002; and...

      School Pupil Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils have been (a) identified as persistent non-attendees, (b) suspended and (c) expelled from school in each of the last five years,...

      Skills Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) enrolments and (b) graduations there were in each of the last three years in Northern Ireland further education colleges in (i)...

  • House of Lords

    • North/South Implementation Bodies: Consultancy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much has been spent to date per year on consultancy work by: (a) Waterways Ireland; (b) Enterprise Ireland; (c) Food Safety Promotion Board; (d) Tourism...

    • Palace of Westminster: Peers' Entrance

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether he will arrange for the security gate in the Peers' Entrance to be adapted to Pugin or Gothic form.

      Guantanamo Bay: Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are discussing with the United States authorities the continued imprisonment without trial in Guantanamo of persons aged under 16 and over 60; and, if...

      Guantanamo Bay: Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6 October (WA 22), whether they will ask Mr Moazzam Begg, now in detention at Guantanamo...

      European Union Foreign Minister

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Union Foreign Minister will be able to represent and speak for the European Union at the United Nations Security Council on those occasions...

      Rome Intergovernmental Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will describe the manner and procedure they expect to be adopted to enable Parliament to examine the outcome of the Rome conference considering a...

      Rome Intergovernmental Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list the names of the Members of Her Majesty's Government attending the whole, or part of, the intergovernmental conference in Rome considering...

      Rome Intergovernmental Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any Member of Parliament not being a Minister of the Crown is concerned in negotiations, on its behalf, at the Rome conference considering the draft...

      Rome Intergovernmental Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have published, or will publish, any papers presented to the constitutional conference in Rome by the Italian, or other, government, together with any...

      European Union Draft Constitutional Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to their statements that the proposed additions to the existing treaty provisions of the European Communities and Union do not alter the fundamental...

      Iraq: Iranian-backed Terrorist Activity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received advice from Mr Paul Bremer of terrorist activities carried out in Iraq by, or with the assistance of, agencies sponsored by the Iranian...

      Iraq: Attacks on Coalition Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the attacks on coalition forces and international humanitarian agencies in Iraq are being coordinated; and, if so, by what organisations.

      Kosovo: Unauthorised Weapons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many firearms and other portable weapons have been seized and destroyed in Kosovo by the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo and the Kosovo...

      Bosnia-Herzegovina: Unauthorised Weapons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made by international and state authorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina towards eliminating illegal and unauthorised weapons.

      Small Arms and Light Weapons:South-East Europe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the future plans and programmes of the south-east Europe clearing house for the control of small arms and light weapons (SEESAC), supported by the United...

      Small Arms and Light Weapons:South-East Europe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What co-operation and assistance they, the National Criminal Intelligence Service and Europol are offering to the South Eastern Co-operation Initiative (SECI)...

      Small Arms and Light Weapons: Illicit Trade

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the outcomes of the review held in July 2003 of the United Nations conference on illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.

      Afghanistan: Electoral Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will ensure that electoral registration in Afghanistan proceeds in time for the national elections next summer and will be adequately supported by trained...

      Cameroon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information will be available to the international donors meeting on Cameroon to be held on 29 October concerning progress towards democracy, human rights and...

      Proliferation Security Initiative

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was discussed at the Proliferation Security Initiative meeting on 9-10 October in London.

      Government and Business: Sharing Security Information Overseas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they have taken to strengthen arrangements for government and business to share information on their security when operating in overseas markets.

      Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001: Retention of Communications Data

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence they have that the measures on data retention provided in Part 11 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 are still necessary to protect...

      Immigration Entry Procedures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to expand the scope of immigration entry procedures for work permit holders.

      Asylum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to reform the asylum system.

      NMEC: Ministerial Responsibility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the New Millennium Experience Company shareholding has now been transferred.

      European Convention on Human Rights: Protocol 12

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether and when they intend to sign and then ratify Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights; and why they have not done so to date.

      War Widows: Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current number of war widows whose husbands died in or as a consequence of the Second World War; and What is the current average age of war widows...

      War Widows: Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total cost, at current prices, in each of the last six years for which figures are available, of pensions paid to war widows whose husbands died...

      Schools: Personal Finance Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why personal finance education, presently only an optional element of the national curriculum, should not be made compulsory.

      Pension Credit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why only 73 per cent of those who applied for pension credit in October 2003 are expected to receive it by October 2006.

      State Benefits: Method of Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How applicants who cannot operate a bank or post office card account will receive state benefits after the system of benefit payment books ceases in 2005.

      New Aircraft Technology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have had any discussions with Bae Systems and other manufacturers regarding the timetable for the launch of new aircraft technology over the next 10...

      Broadband: Rural Access

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Mr Stephen Timms MP on 7 July (HC Deb, 568W), how much of the £1 billion to be spent on public sector connectivity will be...

      Broadband: Rural Access

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Mr Stephen Timms MP on 7 July (HC Deb 568W), whether the government intend to promulgate a particular system of broadband delivery...

      Entry Level Agri-environment Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Regulation 4(3) of the Entry Level Agri-Environment (Pilot) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/838) means that the pilot will last for five years, or...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the costs of outbreaks of bovine tuberculosis in the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and up to July 2003; and What was the cost of administering the...

      Hare Coursing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prosecutions of illegal hare coursing took place in each of the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002; and what was the maximum fine imposed.

      Hare Coursing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many illegal hare coursing events were notified to the police in each of the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.

      Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have instigated research into the effect of badger behaviour on crop damage and wildlife, and in particular on threatened species such as ground...

      Foot and Mouth: Unresolved Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the foot and mouth outbreak, how many claims are still unsettled; and what are the total moneys outstanding.

      Sheep: Genotyping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there will be a national scheme for genotyping female sheep in 2003.

      Household Energy Efficiency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the statement on their sustainable energy policy network website that lists as "Commitment EE6" "improvements in household energy efficiency of 5...

      SchlumbergerSema

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What services SchlumbergerSema provides for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

      SchlumbergerSema

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the fees paid to SchlumbergerSema by government departments and agencies are shown in any public accounts; and, if so, where they are recorded.

      SchlumbergerSema

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many non-governmental organisations, companies or corporations, other than SchlumbergerSema, hold contracts for the provision of service and the collection of...

      Tobacco Task Force

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What level of sponsorship funding has been secured through the Tobacco Task Force to replace the funding of World Snooker and other sports' governing bodies...

      National Debt and Balance of Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the sum total of the national debt and the United Kingdom's balance of payments in each of the past five years.

      Railways: Points Failure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions, in the last 12 months for which figures are available, "points failure" has been the cause of recorded delays on the railways.

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