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Written answers

Monday, 17 November 2003

  • Solicitor-General

    • Extradition

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the policy of the United Kingdom Government is on requesting extradition of individuals accused of torturing British nationals abroad, in the absence of a...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Compensation Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many compensation orders were awarded at (a) magistrates' courts and (b) Crown courts in each year since 2000; what...

    • Appointments Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people were interviewed for the position of chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission when it was...

      Bailiffs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many complaints have been made in each year since 1997 concerning the conduct of bailiffs; how many complaints have...

      Bechtel

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the contracts for consultancy and other work carried out by Bechtel in each year since 1997 for the Lord...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost was to his Department and its predecessor of use for official business of (a) ministerial cars and drivers,...

      Divorced Parents

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to his answer of 22 October 2003, Official Report, column 631, on divorced parents, if he will collect separate...

      Law Commission (Acts)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs on what dates Acts have received Royal Assent enshrining legislative proposals published by the Law Commission since 1990.

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what statutory investigatory powers the Department has; which ones will be superseded by use of the Regulation of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Community Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many grants have been made from the Community Fund to projects in the East Worthing and Shoreham constituency since its...

    • Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support her Department is giving to the promotion of design (a) initiatives and (b) education.

      Digital Terrestrial Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of households in Scotland are able to receive digital terrestrial television services.

      National Lottery Ticket Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many National Lottery ticket sales there were in the (a) EH30, (b) EH29, (c) EH28, (d) EH12, (e) EH4 and (f) EH11 postcode areas in...

      Olympic Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support will be given to Olympic sports in which UK participants in the Sydney Olympics gained medals.

      Regional News

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will request the Independent Television Commission to insist that television companies uphold franchise and licensing agreements...

      Social Inclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with (a) regional cultural consortia, (b) libraries and (c) museums on measures to promote social...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Attention Deficit Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce in Northern Ireland non-drug behavioural therapies used in the United States for the treatment of attention...

    • Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was paid in (a) disability living allowance, (b) unemployment benefit and (c) incapacity benefit in Northern Ireland in the last 12...

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease there were in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to reduce the incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Northern Ireland.

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which countries are on the list of those whose driving licence is transferable to a Northern Ireland one; what criteria are used in deciding...

      Hare Coursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the impact of illegal coursing on the population of the Irish hare; and if he will commission research on the...

      National Employment Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made to implement and monitor National Employment Plans in Northern Ireland.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

    • Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list each item of market and opinion research commissioned since May 1997 by (a) his Department and (b) agencies and non-departmental public...

      New Jobs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many new jobs there are in (a) the private sector and (b) the public sector in Wales; (2) how many new jobs there have been in (a) the private...

      Performance Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the total cost was of (a) setting, (b) monitoring and (c) measuring the performance targets for his Department in 2002–03; and how many and what...

      Performance Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the performance targets that (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet; and if he...

      Work-related Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in his Department in each of the last three years; how much compensation has been paid to...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures are in place to protect the (a) values and (b) benefits of pension fund schemes created by the former publicly owned industries.

    • Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will introduce legislation to prevent employers from taking contribution holidays from their employees' pension fund schemes.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to maximise take-up of pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners he estimates will be in receipt of means-tested benefits as a result of the introduction of the pension credit by 2004–05.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what he estimates that the average (a) single pensioner and (b) pensioner couple will receive each week under the pension credit in (a) the...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) the north west region, (b) Merseyside and (c) St. Helens South have claimed the pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by how much he estimates the income of the average (a) single pensioner and (b) pensioner couples will change under the pension credit for (i)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Government's plans are to ensure maximum take-up in (a) the north west region, (b) Merseyside and (c) St. Helens South of the pension...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) the North West region, (b) Merseyside and (c) St. Helens South are entitled to the pension credit.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on long-term trends in unemployment.

      Pensioner Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the effect of Government policy on the incomes of (a) the poorest pensioners and (b) all pensioners.

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to bring about the early elimination of age discrimination in employment.

      Asbestos Surveyors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many United Kingdom Accreditation Service asbestos surveyors are registered in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to encourage people on low incomes to claim council tax benefit.

      Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have migrated from over-the-counter post office benefit payments to direct bank transfer since 1 April in (a) Haltemprice and...

      Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of recipients in each benefit category do not have a bank account; what measures his Department is taking to encourage the...

      Carers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people aged over 65 years in (a) Glasgow, Anniesland and (b) the United Kingdom, who have an...

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the number of people (a) in employment now and (b) in employment in 1997, broken down by (i) permanent and (ii)...

      Hospital Patients (Benefit Cuts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the abolition of benefit cuts for patients in the first 52 weeks of a hospital stay has cost his Department.

      IT Expenditure

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

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the future of call centres in London for Jobcentre Plus clients.

      Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list each item of market and opinion research commissioned since May 1997 by (a) his Department and (b) agencies and...

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners he estimates in (a) the north west region, (b) Merseyside and (c) St. Helens, South are eligible for the Minimum Income...

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) the north west region, (b) Merseyside and (c) St. Helens South are in receipt of the minimum income guarantee.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 10 November 2003, Official Report, column 148W, on the New Deal, how many 18 to 24-year-olds left the New Deal for...

      Pensioners (Benefits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the total value of benefits unclaimed by pensioners in each year since 1997.

      Pensioners (Benefits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of public expenditure on (a) housing benefit for pensioners, (b) council tax benefit for pensioners and (c)...

      Pensioners (Council Tax)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners were in receipt of (a) full and (b) partial council tax benefit in Copeland (i) in 1996–97 and (ii) in the last...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to amend the FRS17 account measure for company pension schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by which means pensioners who receive their pension by order book and have not replied to his Department's literature about direct payment by...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disabled people were employed by Remploy in each of the last four years.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people who were newly entitled to the winter fuel payment in 2003–04 in (a) North...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) the City of Edinburgh local authority area, (b) Edinburgh West, (c) Edinburgh Central, (d) Edinburgh North and Leith,...

  • Defence

    • Al Yamamah Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department intends to introduce monitoring of sub-contractor performance in the Al Yamamah programme.

    • Asset Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has made to the Treasury concerning the valuation of assets in his Department.

      Bechtel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the contracts for consultancy and other work carried out by Bechtel for agencies responsible to his Department in each year since 1997,...

      Chemical Ali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) the claim by UK armed forces to have killed the Iraqi known as Chemical Ali in Basra during the conflict earlier this...

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what process the Mark 3 Chinook helicopter has undergone to ascertain its readiness for release to operational service; (2) what the latest...

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the release to service of the Mark 3 Chinook helicopters.

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) air-launched and (b) ground-launched cluster munitions his Department purchased from Israeli Military Industries in each of the last five...

      Clyde Dockyards

      To ask the Secretary of State for defence pursuant to his answer of 20 October 2003, Official Report, columns 373–4W, on departmental staff, what the total number of civilian personnel...

      Defence Budget (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the defence budget was spent in Scotland in the most recent year for which figures are available (a) in actual terms and (b) as a percentage...

      HMS Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to name a Royal Navy fighting ship, HMS Colchester.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) bridges, (b) sewerage pumping stations and (c) power stations have been reconstructed and repaired by United Kingdom forces operating in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) distance of (i) road and (ii) electricity transmission system has been repaired and (b) length of railway has been returned to service by United...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether all troops in the Gulf are fully equipped with desert clothing; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what compensation will be paid to the estates of Iraqi civilians who died as a result of British military action in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the mechanisms in place for the sharing of information between the British and other coalition forces involved in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures are followed by UK personnel in Iraq before live ammunition is fired at civilians; and whether protocols have been agreed with US forces...

      Military Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many students awarded service scholarships, undergraduate bursaries and cadetships, who were due to enter military colleges in the past five years,...

      Operation Southern Focus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role of British forces in Operation Southern Focus.

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what statutory investigatory powers the Department has; which ones will be superseded by use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; and what...

      Reservists (Life Insurance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 27 October 2003, Official Report, columns 6–7W, on life insurance, what provisions were put in place to cover Reservists...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2003, Official Report, column 428–29W, on Saudi Arabia, when his Department's Permanent Secretary raised the...

      Ships (Sale and Disposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) submarines and (b) surface ships are decommissioned and awaiting (i) sale and (ii) disposal.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army personnel are on active service; and how many are expected to be on active service over the Christmas period.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role of the Territorial Army in Iraq.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the change in the number of annual training days in the Territorial Army on (a) morale, (b) retention...

      Unexploded Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the (a) quantity, (b) spread and (c) location of (i) mines, (ii) unexploded cluster bomb submunitions and...

      Unexploded Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the (a) quantity, (b) spread and (c) location of (i) mines, (ii) unexploded cluster bomb submunitions and...

      Wideawake Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the running cost in 2003–04 is of the establishment at Wideawake airport, Ascension Island; and what the estimated budget for the next...

  • Prime Minister

    • House of Lords

      To ask the Prime Minister if the Secretary of State will require the House of Lords Appointments Commission to publish in its Annual Report statistics relating to the participation of people's...

    • House of Lords

      To ask the Prime Minister how many and what proportion of the local and national organisations contracted by the House of Lords Appointments Commission to help identify suitable nominees for a...

      House of Lords

      To ask the Prime Minister how many applicants for a people's peerage since April 2001 were self-nominated.

      EU Summits

      To ask the Prime Minister how many EU summits are scheduled for next year; and how many the Prime Minister plans to attend (a) in connection with and (b) unconnected with the Presidency.

      Heads of State (Television Footage)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will set controls on the use of recorded footage of Her Majesty The Queen and foreign heads of state to prevent their use for political purposes by foreign heads...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 27 October 2003, Official Report, column 50W, on Iraq, what steps he took to ascertain the nature of the delivery system to which the time of...

      Policy Advice

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the subjects on which he has asked the right hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Mandelson) to undertake policy advice to ministers and other Government work...

      President Bush (State Visit)

      To ask the Prime Minister what analysis of historical precedent was undertaken in deciding to invite President Bush to make a State Visit to the United Kingdom.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's policy is on extending discrimination law to include the media.

    • Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 6 October 2003, Official Report, column 1069W, for what reason her Department has not provided support to Interpol's...

      British Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in the restructuring of British Energy; and if she will make a statement.

      Call Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will encourage large companies to keep their call centre bases in the United Kingdom.

      Company Regulation (Cold Calling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to regulate companies which cold call customers.

      Competitiveness Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the outcome was of the Competitiveness Council held on 10 and 11 November; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed,...

      Copyright Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made with ensuring compliance with the EU Copyright Directive; and if she will make a statement.

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will take steps to prevent companies from using the same home visiting personnel both to sell loans and collect debts.

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place in the Library the responses received to the Office of Fair Trading consultation on debt collection.

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many licences have been (a) granted and (b) revoked by the Office of Fair Trading to (i) debt collectors and (ii) lenders, (A) since the...

      Employers' Liability Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Department for Work and Pensions on the progress of the second stage report of its review of Employers'...

      Employment Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will lay before Parliament the final draft Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations; and if she will make a...

      Exports to Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reason strategic exports of (a) toxic chemical precursors and (b) technology for the production of toxins have been licensed for sale...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what methods the Government use to monitor the distribution, from ports of entry, of imported fireworks.

      Industrial Development Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many jobs her Department forecast would be created under each scheme in each of the past six years under (a) section 7 and (b)...

      Internet Banking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what work her Department is doing with banks to improve the security of internet banking.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the visits made by Ministers in her Department in each of the last five years, broken down by constituency.

      Policyholders Protection Act 1975

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on reform of the Policyholders Protection Act 1975 resulting from the case of Aitken v. Financial Services...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the Post Office network income from clients for each year since 1997, broken down by main source.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations used the Post Office for the payment of (i) rent and (ii) insurance premiums for home...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which company operates the systems for the Post Office Card Account; and what safeguards have been put in place to ensure the adequate data...

      Post Office Subsidy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much of the Sub-Post Office Start-Up Capital Subsidy scheme has been spent to date, broken down by region.

      Post Offices (Closure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many urban post offices have been (a) proposed and (b) approved for closure since the inception of the network reinvention scheme in (i)...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her oral answer of 6 November, if she will negotiate the maintenance of the UK opt-out of the 48 hour limit under Article 18 of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Duchy's Benevolent Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the organisations located within the boundaries of Pendle Borough Council that have received grants from the Duchy's Benevolent Fund...

    • Government Policy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his role is (a) as the interface between the Labour Party and the Government and (b) in providing the Prime Minister with strategic thinking on the...

      Knowledge Network Project

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if he will list, by subject, the statistics that have been collected for the first time at constituency level under the Knowledge Network project,...

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what statutory investigatory powers the Department has; which ones will be superseded by use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; and...

  • Treasury

    • Business Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the cost to business of the statistical inquiries of businesses carried out by the Office for National Statistics in 2002;...

    • Heroin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much heroin, and of what value, has been seized in (a) Tyne and Wear, (b) the North East and (c) the UK in each year since 1997.

      Business Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the rate of change in the burden of business taxation in (a) the UK, (b) Japan, (c) the USA and (d) EU member states;...

      Cancer Survival Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has commissioned on cancer survival rates in the United Kingdom compared with other EU countries.

      CAT Standard

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many CAT standard products have been (a) launched and (b) withdrawn in each year since the CAT mark was introduced.

      CAT Standard

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the CAT standard endorsed products, broken down by category of product.

      CAT Standard

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many credit card companies have (a) applied for and (b) been granted the CAT standard mark.

      Consumer Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the level of consumer debt; and what estimate he has made of the change in the number of companies offering (a) credit...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the average weekly amount of council tax, net of council tax benefit, paid by (a) all pensioner households and (b) pensioner households...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much council tax was paid as a proportion of gross incomes for households in each income quintile group in each English region for the last year for...

      Families (Taxation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the treatment for the purposes of (a) taxation and (b) tax credits of (i) families with two children of different ages and...

      Financial Literacy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the Treasury's strategy for improving the level of financial literacy.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to make the equity release market subject to Financial Services Authority regulation.

      Flooding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the scope for the application of economic instruments in promoting the development of flood defences.

      Graduate Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average wage for a new graduate was in each year since 1997 in (a) the North East and (b) the UK.

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reform the workings of the International Monetary Fund in favour of lower income countries.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Treasury's policy regarding the content and extent of answers to written parliamentary questions, with...

      Pension Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of an increase in the use of property to generate pension incomes on (a) the British economy, (b) Government...

      Pensions and Financial Ombudsmen

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) Pensions Ombudsman and (b) Financial Ombudsman cases were considered in the last year for which figures are available; how many cases were (i)...

      Quarterly Financial Reporting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) the European Union, (b) the Institute of Chartered Accountants and (c) business concerning the...

      Tax and Benefit Reforms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 10 July 2003, Official Report, column 928W, if he will provide a breakdown of the impact of his tax and benefit reforms on...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 6 November 2003, Official Report, column 804W, on tax credits, (1) when he expects the Family Resources Survey 2003–04...

      Taxes (London)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of taxes paid by (a) people and (b) organisations in London; and if he will make a statement.

      Value Added Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the European Commission on a new reduced rate category of VAT for protective and safety equipment; and what the outcome was.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Bechtel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the contracts for consultancy and other work carried out by Bechtel in each year since 1997 by his Department's predecessors in areas relating to...

    • Billboards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the regulations that apply to the display of billboards (a) in the open countryside and (b) on telegraph poles on public or private...

      Business Planning Zones

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he offers to local authorities on the establishment of (a) business planning zones and (b) business improvement districts, with particular reference...

      Cash Incentive Scheme Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Cash Incentive Scheme grants were made by each local authority in London in 2002–03; and what the total value of these grants was for each local...

      Central Government Funding (Havering)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much money was allocated from central Government to the London Borough of Havering in (a) 1997, (b) 1999, (c) 2001 and (d) 2002.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost was of operating the local government council tax system in each of the last five years for which records are available, broken down by (a)...

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what role credit unions play in alleviating poverty in communities; and what role they (a) have and (b) will have in the future as part of New Deal for Communities.

      Disabled Facilities Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average time has been between applying for a disabled facilities grant and (a) assessment of needs, (b) provision of finance and (c) the completion of...

      Elected Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of whether the proposed referendums on elected regional assemblies give people living in the regions affected an opportunity for their...

      Expenses and Allowances

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the advice given by the inland revenue on tax and national insurance issues in the guidance to local councils on the expenses and...

      Graffiti

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the extent of the problem of graffiti; and how much he estimates was (a) lost by businesses through dealing with the problem of...

      Homeless People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what funding has been allocated to reduce the number of homeless people in the UK since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will amend total cost indicators in the grant system for housing associations so that it is more profitable for them to build homes with three and four bedrooms.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of how to increase the construction by housing associations of (a) two, (b) three and (c) four bedroom homes in an...

      Housing Stock

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what action he proposes to take to ensure that regional government offices monitor the activities of local authorities to ensure that they comply with the...

      London Boroughs (Council Tax)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 29 October 2003, Official Report, columns 302–04W, on London boroughs (council tax), how much and what proportion of council tax...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will include with the postal ballot for the proposed English regional assemblies explanatory memoranda setting out the expected costs and savings of the new...

      Regional Co-ordination Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Regional Co-ordination Unit was established.

      Regional Co-ordination Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many research projects the Regional Co-ordination Unit (a) plans to commission in 2003–04 and (b) commissioned in 2002–03; and what the rationale...

      Ward Boundaries (Devon)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to introduce orders giving effect to the Boundary Committee's recommendations for Devon County Council's ward boundaries.

      Wiltshire Fire Authority

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the members of the Wiltshire Fire Authority indicating (a) by whom each was nominated, (b) by whom each was appointed and (c) the political...

      Work-related Stress

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in his Department in each of the last three years; how much compensation has been paid to employees; how...

  • Education and Skills

    • Paternal Contact

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what encouragement departments and agencies give to fathers in keeping in contact with their children after separation.

    • Special Educational Needs and Disability Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of (a) the effect of provisions of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 and (b) progressing...

      Child Protection Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received about the impact of data protection laws on his plans to introduce a database for child protection.

      Education Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) with which schools and local authorities he has discussed proposals to take advantage of the flexibility provisions of the Education...

      A-Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils from secondary school went on to take A-levels in (a) the North West region, (b) Merseyside, (c) St. Helens and...

      Advertising/Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money his Department spent on advertising and marketing in each month since 1997.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to increase support for the non-abusive parent in cases of domestic violence where children are involved.

      Education Spending (North-west)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on (a) primary education, (b) secondary education, (c) tertiary education and (d) further education in the north west in...

      Fair Trade (Universities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action his Department has taken to promote fair trade accreditation at UK universities.

      Falling Rolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England have falling rolls; and if he will make a statement.

      Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many bodies receive some or all their funding from his Department; what funding was received by each body in each year since 1997; and...

      Gifted Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what differences there are in the amounts that rural and urban areas received for gifted pupils; and what the reasons are for the differences.

      GNVQs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 27 October 2003, Official Report, columns 73–6W, on GNVQs, what the total percentage was of pupils achieving...

      Graduate Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he had with colleagues from other departments on variants of a graduate tax as alternatives to fund higher education.

      Graduate Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his letter of 11 April, on student funding, for what reasons it was stated that a graduate tax arrangement could not run...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of students from (a) the North West Region, (b) Merseyside, (c) St. Helens and (d) England in higher education received (i)...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from (a) the North West Region, (b) Merseyside, (c) St. Helens and (d) England in higher education paid up-front fees in...

      Key Stage 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of children in (a) Wiltshire, (b) Dorset, (c) Devon and (d) Somerset gained level 4 and above at Key Stage 2 in (i) English...

      Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the literacy level is in (a) the constituency of Romford and (b) other population centres in Essex.

      Local Education Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects the 2002–03 contextual value added indicators to be distributed to local education authorities; and if he will place a...

      London Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the drop-out rate for universities in London was by (a) percentage and (b) number in each year since 1997.

      NVQs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many NVQs were completed in further education colleges in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      NVQs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of NVQs were completed in further education colleges in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Performance and Assessment Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects the 2002–03 Ofsted PANDA information to be distributed to schools; and if he will place a copy in the Library.

      Performance-related Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the costs for every local education authority's performance-related pay expenditure for 2004–05 will be funded in full by...

      Pupil Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the standard deviation from the mean per pupil funding is across (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in 2003–04.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average per pupil funding for (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) special schools was in each local education...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school students are eligible for free school meals in each English local education authority area.

      School Workforce Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much he has included in his 2004–05 Schools budget for the full implementation of the School Workforce Agreement.

      Secondary Education (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils entered secondary education in Somerset in each of the last six years; and how many secondary school admission appeals there...

      Secondary School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils entered secondary education in the Leeds Local Education Authority over the last five years; and how many secondary school...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment has been made of the average indebtedness of students upon graduation in each of the last 10 years.

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average student loan for a student from (a) the North West region, (b) Merseyside, (c) St. Helens and (d) England was in each year...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average size of (a) grants, (b) student loans and (c) the debt acquired to enable students to finance higher education has been in...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what targets (a) his Department and (b) the Student Loans Company have for delivering loan payments; and what assessment he has made of...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) new students and (b) continuing students received their loans within (i) two weeks, (ii) one to two months, (iii) two to three...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what provisions are in place to support students awaiting loan payments.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to extend Sure Start's Business Success for Childcare programme to more areas of England, with particular reference to...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that the Department's bid to the forthcoming Government Spending Round contributes toward the UK's...

      Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on the fast track teacher recruitment scheme in each year since the scheme's inception, broken down by category of activity.

      Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department spent on measures to aid teacher recruitment in each year since 1997–98, broken down by programme.

      Teachers (Qualifications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what subject qualifications a teacher requires to teach (a) mathematics, (b) English and (c) science at (i) Key Stage I, (ii) Key Stage II,...

      Teachers (Qualifications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many lessons in (a) mathematics, (b) science and (c) English were identified in the 2003 Curriculum and Staffing Survey as being taught...

      Teachers (Qualifications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he has taken to ensure that teachers without formal qualifications in (a) mathematics, (b) science and (c) English receive...

      Teachers (Qualifications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of additional (a) mathematics, (b) science and (c) English teachers that would need to be recruited...

      Teachers (Qualifications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many newly qualified teachers who registered on the database of teacher records in each of the last three years for which figures are...

      Top-up Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he (a) has taken and (b) proposes to take to meet concerns expressed by hon. Members about the proposed implementation of...

      Top-up Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what arrangements will apply if top-up fees are introduced for the allocation of resources for student bursaries in situations where two or...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research he has collated on the impact of variable fees on social access to university medical places in (a) the United States, (b)...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimates his Department has made of the demand for places on medical courses if students are charged the maximum tuition fee per year.

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many of the responses to the Higher Education White Paper (a) were supportive (b) had reservations about and (c) were opposed to...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will place in the Library copies of the evidence collated from overseas on the impact of variable tuition fees on social access to...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the cost to a student of financing up-front payment of a £3,000 student tuition fee over the...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of tuition fees he intends that each university should pay out in bursaries to students from low-income families; and what...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 12 November 2003, Official Report, columns 354–5W, on tuition fees, if he will give the column reference and...

      University Applicants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what options he has examined for assessing (a) the standard of university applicants and (b) their suitability for different types of...

      University Courses (Vacancies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many places on courses offered by universities were not filled in each academic year since 1997, broken down by course; (2) when...

      University Entrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) expressed as a percentage of the total student body in (a) 1992, (b) 1997 and (c) 2001, what percentage of (i) student entrants and...

      University Entrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost of reaching the target of 50 per cent. of 18 to 30-year-olds entering university by 2010.

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the importance placed on the promotion of vocational education within the schools system.

      Work-related Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in his Department in each of the last three years; how much compensation has been...

      Youth Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many youth workers were employed in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04, broken down by local education authority.

  • Health

    • Disabled People (Sexual Relationships)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what programmes (a) there are and (b) he intends to introduce to enable more disabled people to have fulfilled sexual relationships.

    • Genetically Modified Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what techniques are available for identifying unintended changes in GM foods at the molecular level; and what research he has published on this...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals resident in the City of Sunderland were registered with an NHS dental practitioner in each year since 2000; and how many NHS dental...

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for patients in accident and emergency departments in each of the hospitals in (a) the Havering, Barking and Redbridge...

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time in accident and emergency departments has been in each of the past 12 months, broken down by strategic health authority.

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients admitted to accident and emergency in Worthing hospital in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003 waited for more than (i) 12 and (ii) four...

      Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will require health warnings to be displayed on alcoholic drinks; and if he will make a statement.

      Alcohol-related Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of treating the victims of alcohol-related violence in town and city centres.

      Alternative Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the NHS trusts which provide (a) alternative and (b) complementary medicine.

      Ambulance Control Centre (Merseyside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the change in the number of emergency calls received by Merseyside Ambulance Control Centre was in each year since 1993; what the change in staffing...

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average response time of ambulances to 999 calls in the London borough of Havering was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average time an ambulance took to reach hospital was for the last 12 months that figures are available in (a) England, (b) the north west region,...

      Ambulances

      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) the St. Helens trust area, (b) Merseyside and (c) England.

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of ambulance call outs in the most recent 12 months for which figures are available have taken more than (a) 15, (b) 30 and (c) 50 minutes...

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action is being taken by his Department to respond to the concerns of the Commission for Health Improvement in relation to (a) ambulance response...

      Appliance Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he will take to protect patient access to a full range of products after the deregulation of the appliance contractor market; (2) what...

      Asbestos-related Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department is able to trace the sources of (a) mesothelioma and (b) other asbestos-related diseases through its records.

      Asperger's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of health provision for people with Asperger's syndrome.

      Asperger's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) his Department and (b) the National Institute for Clinical Excellence has issued guidance to trusts and doctors on whether Asperger's syndrome...

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve the (a) pay structure and (b) employment package for qualified audiologists; and if he will make a statement.

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many audiologists qualified in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many...

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long it takes for an audiologist to become qualified.

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects digital hearing aids to be available to patients on the NHS in the borough of Redcar and Cleveland.

      Breast Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to encourage more hospitals in England to seek baby-friendly accreditation from UNICEF by promoting increased uptake of breast...

      Breast Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to ensure that student (a) midwives and (b) health visitors receive adequate education on breast feeding as part of their...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will amend the Cancer Patient Information Strategy to ensure that information on (a) diagnosis and (b) treatment is available for all people...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to accelerate the process to allow the prescription of medicinal cannabis.

      Care Home Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has received from the National Care Standards Commission on the number of care home beds in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

      Care Home Inspection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care home inspectors are employed; how many vacancies there are in each region for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      British Lung Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has held with the British Lung Foundation; and if he will make a statement.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of converting residential rooms operated by the Leonard Cheshire Organisation at the Holehird home for the disabled in...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the proposed closure of the Holehird Leonard Cheshire home for the disabled in Windermere.

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people participated in the limited implementation human papilloma virus pilot scheme in (a) Newcastle, (b) North Bristol and (c) Norfolk and...

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients recorded as first contacts for chiropody services during 2002–03 (a) had a foot condition that was cured and (b) did not go on to...

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what studies he has commissioned on access and eligibility criteria used by primary care trusts for NHS chiropody provision; and what the results...

      Continence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts include the development of an integrated continence service in their health improvement programme.

      CT Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average time was between diagnosis of a suspected haemorrhagic stroke and the administration of a CT scan in 2002–03.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the availability to new patients of NHS dentistry in the Gosport constituency; and what the prescribed minimum level of...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many dentists in north east Lincolnshire provide NHS dentistry for adults; and how many will take new NHS clients onto their rolls; (2) what...

      Disciplinary Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidelines are in place to ensure that disciplinary investigations within NHS trusts are independent; (2) what scrutiny is undertaken to...

      Disciplinary Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that, in contentious disciplinary cases, evidence submitted to an investigation is not (a) altered and (b) summarised.

      Distalgesic Tablets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the decision was taken to place Distalgesic tablets on Schedule 10 to the NHS (General Medical Services) Regulations 1992; and on what advice the...

      East Kent Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the payment to overcome exceptional circumstances referred to in his July announcement on the future of East Kent Hospitals and in his Minister of...

      Elderly Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely demand for specialists in elderly medicine.

      Emergency Care Strategy Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the (a) priorities and (b) work programme of the Emergency Care Strategy Unit.

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many times in each of the last 12 months an ambulance has taken over (a) 15 minutes, (b) 30 minutes, (c) 60 minutes and (d) 90 minutes to...

      Eye Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pensioners in the Haltemprice and Howden constituency received free eye tests in the last two years for which figures are available.

      Fatal Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people died during operations in the hospitals in the London borough of Havering in 2002.

      Flu Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the take-up rates for flu vaccine were at (a) 1 November and (b) 1 December 2002 for each health authority.

      Flu Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged 65 years or over have been immunised against influenza in (a) South Tyneside, (b) Tyne and Wear, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in...

      Food Manufacturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from manufacturers of foods for particular nutritional uses.

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Food Standards Agency will meet representatives of (a) the Health Food Manufacturers Association, (b) the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and (c)...

      Foundation Hospital Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will require chief executives of putative NHS foundation hospital trusts to publish details of their consultations with the public on the proposal...

      Foundation Hospital Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with putative NHS foundation trusts concerning the means whereby the token sum required for people to become members might be...

      Foundation Hospital Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether doctors who have been struck off the medical register are eligible for election to the board of governors of a foundation trust.

      Foundation Hospital Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 4 November 2003, Official Report, column 585W, on foundation hospitals, if he will place in the Library copies of the material...

      Guidance Updates (NICE)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was in each of the last three years of sending guidance updates from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to (a) all hon. Member...

      GP Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for an appointment with a general practitioner was in the London borough of Havering in 2002–03.

      GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were registered with GP practices in Taunton in each year since 1997.

      GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses, (b) non-medical, non-nursing care workers and (c) administrative staff were employed in general practitioner practices in Taunton in...

      Group B Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what cost analysis he has carried out of introducing a pilot screening programme for pregnant women to test for Group B Streptococcus; and what he...

      Health Care (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average waiting time for an initial appointment to see a cancer specialist and (b) average time between initial referral and appropriate...

      Health Service Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Health Service Ombudsman cases were considered in the last year for which figures are available; how many cases were (a) upheld and (b) rejected;...

      Health Services (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and adolescents, (b) adults and (c) pensioners were treated by the Somerset Partnership Mental Health Trust in each year since 1997.

      Health Services (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 5 November 2003, Official Report, column 689W, on Health Services (Somerset), what the reasons are for the increases in (a)...

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average current waiting time is in the South West London Strategic Health Authority for a hearing aid assessment to fit digital hearing aids.

      Health Services (Taunton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultants and (b) junior hospital doctors there were in each clinical speciality at (i) Taunton and Somerset NHS Hospital Trust and (ii)...

      Heath Care (Bath/North East Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) GPs and (b) nurses were employed in Bath and North East Somerset in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2003.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress in working out the details in relation to his announcement on 29 August that he would establish a financial...

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that there is equal access in different areas to Herceptin.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people are waiting for hip replacements in each of the London boroughs; (2) how many patients are waiting for orthopaedic surgery in the...

      Hypertension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much extra funding will be provided to practices to support standards in managing high blood pressure; and what the criteria will be for claiming it.

      Infant Formula Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he has received on advertisements for infant formula milk (a) on television and (b) in parents' magazines; (2) what...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of patients who are suited to treatment with animal insulin rather than synthetic insulin; (2) how many...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what evidence he has received on adverse reactions to synthetic insulin among diabetics which were not experienced when animal insulin was used; and...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet representatives of the Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust to discuss the continued (a) choice between and (b) availability of (i) synthetic...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he will take to ensure competition in (a) the manufacture of insulin and (b) the manufacture of different types of insulin for treatment of...

      Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated to the provision of services for people with learning disabilities since the publication of the White Paper "Valuing...

      London NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total aggregate cumulative deficit of London NHS trusts was at the end of the most recent financial year for which records are available.

      Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list each item of market and opinion research commissioned since May 1997 by (a) his Department and (b) agencies and non-departmental public...

      Medicine Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list, by primary care trust, the (a) numbers and (b) percentages of patients over 75 who have had their medicines reviewed at least annually in...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he proposes to publish the summary of responses to the consultation on the Draft Mental Health Bill.

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason no Warrington-based ambulances were available in Warrington during the weekend of 1 and 2 November 2003; and if he will take steps to...

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service has taken to develop an effective internal and external communications strategy as recommended by the...

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service has taken to arrange with NHS acute trusts locations for ambulance liaison assistants which maintain...

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures have been put in place by Mersey Regional Ambulance Service to ensure that all crews receive information and training on new vehicles...

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place a copy of Mersey Regional Ambulance Service's child protection policy in the Library.

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made by Mersey Regional Ambulance Service in developing a plan for the training of staff in clinical audit skills; and if he will...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average vacancy rate is for midwives in the NHS, broken down by region; what proportion of midwife vacancies have remained vacant for more...

      Mixed Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many wards in NHS hospitals have regularly had patients of both sexes staying at the same time in the last 12 months; (2) on how many occasions...

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the existing capacity for MRI scanning for NHS patients in the (a) public and (b) private sectors; and if he will make a...

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for MRI scans in England was in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region.

      National Service Framework for Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures aimed at children with learning disabilities will be included in the national service framework for children.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the maximum period is which he requires should elapse before NICE guidance is reflected in (a) the advice given by NHS Direct and (b) the content of...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of calls to NHS Direct were answered within 30 seconds in the most recent 12 month period, broken down by month, for which figures are...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members of staff are employed by NHS Direct; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the quality of clinical advice provided by NHS Direct to patients.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS employees belong to a trade union; and which ones.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff are employed by the NHS in (a) the London borough of Havering and (b) each NHS trust in London.

      Non-medical Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-medical staff are employed in (a) each of London's national health service trusts and (b) in the London borough of Havering.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses (a) were in training and (b) completed training at Taunton and Somerset NHS Hospital Trust in each year since 1997.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses have left the register in each of the last five years.

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals have introduced self-administration schemes for medicines for older people.

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what analysis he has made of the (a) levels and (b) patterns of services for older people in order to facilitate comparisons across health authorities.

      Overseas Treatment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis patients are selected for the NHS overseas treatment scheme; and who is involved in the making of that decision.

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was of (a) setting, (b) monitoring and (c) measuring the performance targets for his Department in 2002–03; and how many and...

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the performance targets that (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet; and if he...

      Personal Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to supply personal alarms to NHS staff.

      Personal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation he has made of the impact of free personal care in Scotland.

      Pharmaceutical Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to carry out a regulatory impact assessment on the proposals to reform and modernise the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 1992.

      Plastic Bottles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the safety of plastic bottles for consumption of fluids for (a) babies and (b) the general public; (2) what research...

      Podiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average time has been that patients have had to wait for podiatry appointments in each primary care trust, in each year since 2001.

      Premature Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will ensure that premature babies at Guys and St. Thomas' Hospital receiving preventative treatment for respiratory syncytial virus are not...

      Proton Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on proton therapy in the context of the NHS cancer plan.

      Proton Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for further investment in proton therapy equipment at the Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology.

      Public Interest Disclosure Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's obligations under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 are.

      Respiratory Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts offer (a) pulmonary rehabilitation and (b) domiciliary respiratory physiotherapy; and how many patients are undergoing such...

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional resources the Government made available for respite care since 1997 in (a) the UK, (b) the north west region and (c) St. Helens.

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government's policy for the provision of respite care for carers is.

      Smear Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of smear tests in England and Wales resulted in women being recalled as a result of inadequate smears in the last five years; and if he...

      Smear Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of UK women participated in the Pap Screening Programme, broken down by those (a) under 30, (b) 30 to 49, (c) 50 to 59 and (d) 60 to 64 in...

      Smog

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) mortality and (b) morbidity caused by smog in London in the last five years.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds are addicted to cigarettes in the UK.

      Social Care Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many administrative staff have been employed by social care bodies (a) directly and (b) indirectly in each of the last six years.

      Stroke Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to his answer of 27 October 2003, Official Report, column 99W, on stroke, how the stroke units that do not have rehabilitation stroke beds...

      Stroke Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which general hospitals which care for people who have had strokes have not developed plans to introduce a specialised stroke service from 2004.

      Supported Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers a local authority has to place an adult whose family live in that local authority in supported accommodation in another local authority area;...

      Waiting List Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people died while on a waiting list for an operation in each national health service hospital in (a) London and (b) the London borough of...

      Waiting List Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were waiting for surgery in the London borough of Havering on 31 December (a) 2002, (b) 2001, (c) 2000, (d) 1999, (e) 1998 and (f) 1997.

      Waiting List Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for health how many people are waiting for an operation in each of the London boroughs.

      Work-related Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of work related stress have been reported in his Department in each of the last three years; how much compensation has been paid to...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the Working Time Directive on the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the implementation of the European Working Time Directive on (a) hospital waiting times and (b) junior doctor...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had on the implementation of the European Working Time Directive in the health sector in other EU countries.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abattoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on the Government's policy towards small abattoirs; (2) how many slaughterhouse premises...

    • Agricultural Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) UK and (b) other EU countries she estimates would be affected if (i) 300,000 euro, (ii) 250,000 euro and (iii)...

      Agricultural Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farm holdings in (a) the UK and (b) each member state she estimates would be affected if the EU were to place a...

      Bechtel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the contracts for consultancy and other work carried out by Bechtel for agencies responsible to her...

      Scottish Beef Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much Scottish produced beef has been exported by (a) weight and (b) value in the last five years for which figures are...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements she will put in place to assist dairy farmers affected by herd breakdowns as a result of bovine tuberculosis.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of cattle which are awaiting tests to identify bovine tuberculosis.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of (a) the funding for and (b) the number of veterinary surgeons which would be required to ensure...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what system she has in place to monitor bovine TB factor compensation payments; and whether her Department collates and...

      Foxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the (a) State Veterinary Service and (b) Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 24 September from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire to the Parliamentary...

      Crematoria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of the effect upon the cost of a cremation arising from (a) the cost of installing gas...

      Dairy Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to support dairy farmers in (a) Lancashire and (b) the UK.

      Dairy Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dairy firms went out of business in the last year; and what assessment she has made of the causes.

      Dairy Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what arrangements she has put in place to evaluate the effect of the farm gate price of raw milk on average net (a)...

      Dairy Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the current proposals for Common Agricultural Policy reform on the farm...

      Dairy Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the competitive position of the dairy processing industry in each EU member state.

      Dairy Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with (a) supermarkets and (b) dairy farmers regarding the price of milk.

      Dairy Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the growth of the United Kingdom milk and milk products industry over the next (a) five, (b) 10...

      Egg Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what procedures she has put in place to assess the effect of tariff reductions on egg imports on the UK's egg industry.

      Egg Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what direct subsidies are available to egg producers in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) France and (c) Germany.

      Egg Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what conditions producers are required to meet to be licensed to receive export refunds for egg and poultry products; how...

      Egg Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for determining whether United Kingdom egg producers may continue to use enriched cages for housing...

      Egg Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the conclusion of the European Union's Agricultural Research Department report that under EU...

      Egg Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to assist UK egg producers to compete in (a) European and (b) world wide markets.

      Egg Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will press the European Union to bring forward measures to enable EU countries to maintain their market share in the...

      Egg Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume in tonnes of shelled eggs was (a) produced by United Kingdom farms, (b) produced by United Kingdom farms and sold...

      Egg Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume in tonnes of whole egg powder was (a) produced in the United Kingdom, (b) produced in the United Kingdom and sold...

      Egg Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the reasons for the egg production costs in the United Kingdom; and what assessment she has...

      Fishing Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what targets she has set for the decommissioning of the UK fishing fleet; and if she will take steps to ensure that the...

      Food Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to ensure that consumer interests are represented on food advisory groups.

      Animal By-products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has a database of registered animal by-products approved premises available to enforcement agencies,...

      Import Bans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on powers to ban importation of foods whose production standards are illegal in this country.

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the labelling by country of origin of meat sold in the United Kingdom.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what is being done to assess the impact of the different waste management practices required as a consequence of the (a)...

      Mobile Telephone Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much she spent on official mobile phone calls in 2002.

      Market Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessments she has made of the effect of the Government's policy on market towns in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland since...

      Organic Farming/Biotechnology Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Government spent in 2001–02 on research into (a) organic farming and (b) biotechnology.

      Poultry Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what procedures she has put in place to assess the impact of Brazilian turkey imports into the United Kingdom on the UK's...

      Poultry Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the volume in tonnes of (a) poultry meat produced in the UK, (b) poultry meat produced in the UK and sold at UK retail...

      Poultry Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what mechanisms are in place to ensure that poultry meat imports from (a) the European Union and (b) third country...

      Poultry Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support the Government provides to (a) poultry meat and (b) egg producers.

      Radioactivity in Food and the Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what liaison took place between the United Kingdom regulatory bodies and the Radiation Protection Institute for Ireland...

      Religious Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list for each species the total number of animals religiously slaughtered in the United Kingdom for the last year...

      Religious Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what tonnage of animals religiously slaughtered in Britain in the last year for which figures are available was exported...

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive on the impact of the proposed reform of the Common...

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with representatives of UK meat producers on the impact of the proposed reform of the...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what target time has been set for the Rural Payments Agency to reimburse food manufacturers for the additional costs of using...

      Women in Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding is available from the European Union for schemes to help women into agriculture.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers used bus services in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham and (b) Shropshire in each year since 1997.

    • Childhood Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what research his Department has commissioned into the impact of pedestrian strategies on childhood obesity; (2) what discussions he has had...

      Coastguard (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many part-time coastguards were employed by the Essex Coastguard Service on 1 September 2003.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have died while cycling in London in each of the past 10 years.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to promote safety guidance aimed at young cyclists; and if he will make a statement.

      Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of the Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser Scheme has been in each year since the scheme was established; and how many advisers have been...

      Driving Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the budget of the Driving Standards Agency is in 2003- 04.

      Driving Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many daily (a) telephone calls and (b) website hits were received on average by the Driving Standards Agency from people trying to book a driving...

      Driving Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average waiting time for booking a driving test, broken down by area, was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Driving Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have (a) taken and (b) passed a driving test in each of the last six years.

      Driving Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving test examiners have been employed in each of the last six years, expressed as (a) head count and (b) full-time equivalents.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will press the DVLA to include a contact telephone number on their envelopes.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the dates of meetings of (a) the EU Committee for the implementation of the Community framework for co-operation in the field of...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the dates of meetings of (a) the EU Committee on application of the legislation on the minimum level of training for seafarers and the...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the EU Committee on the reciprocal recognition of national boatmasters' certificates for the carriage of goods and passengers by inland...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the dates of meetings of (a) the EU Committee for the adaptation to technical progress of roadworthiness tests of vehicles, (b) the EU...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the dates of meetings of the European Energy and Transport Forum during the Danish and Greek presidencies; what items were on each...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the dates and locations of meetings of (a) the EU Committee for granting Community aid in the field of trans-European networks on...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on regional economies of a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

      M6 Toll Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the M6 toll road will become operational.

      MOT Computerisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was at today's prices of the contract with Siemens Business Services to run the MOT computerisation programme; when this contract was...

      MOT Computerisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the progress of the MOT computerisation programme; and what assessment (a) has been conducted and (b) is planned of the...

      MOT Computerisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timetable was for the introduction of the MOT computerisation programme when the contract with Siemens Business Services to run the system was...

      Railway Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on clearing railway lines of litter in each of the last five years.

      Railway Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trees have been (a) planted and (b) felled on rail embankments in each year since 1997.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the performance against target was for (a) reliability, (b) punctuality and (c) safety of rail services between Shrewsbury and (i) Wolverhampton,...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the line from Weaver Junction to Liverpool Lime Street will be modernised to enable trains to run at 125 mph.

      Roadworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of how many roadwork cones are (a) accidentally destroyed and (b) stolen in each of the last three years for which figures...

      Roadworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pedestrians were injured in accidental falls into holes dug as a result of roadworks in each of the last five years.

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has undertaken into the environmental effects of proposals by Norfolk County Council to build a road through the Ringland Valley.

      Vehicles (Tinted Windows)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what response he has made to the concerns represented by the Glass and Glazing Federation about the impact on the owners of vehicles with lightly...

      Vehicles (Tinted Windows)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will issue guidance on how the proposed amendments to Regulation 32 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations should be enforced in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further measures are planned to help combat opium production in Afghanistan.

    • Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when he next plans to make an official visit to Ascension Island; and for what purpose; (2) if he will meet the hon....

      Embassy Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British embassies (a) have closed and (b) are expected to close in financial year 2003–04.

      Embassy Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many foreign embassies in the United Kingdom (a) have closed and (b) are expected to close in financial year 2003–04.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what monitoring takes place to ensure that military aid to Colombia does not indirectly support paramilitary action against...

      Community Liaison Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the work of the Community Liaison Unit.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons the letter dated 14 October from the hon. Member for Walsall, North, Home Office ref: PO15398/3 concerning an...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to encourage British firms to trade with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

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

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what amendments the Government will seek to make to article (a) I-14, (b) III-62 (2) and (c) III-63 of the draft EU...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy regarding the energy chapter of the proposed European Union constitution as it affects...

      Council of Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 1 September 2003, Official Report, columns 796–97W, on the European Council of Ministers, what...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the UK's relationship with India.

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many United Kingdom citizens were affected by the flash floods in the Gunung Leuser national park on Sumatra Island,...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the impact the imposition of martial law in Aceh on 15 May has had on (a) civil...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) President Megawati Sukarnoputri, (b) representatives of the Government of Indonesia, (c)...

      International Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are making to prevent links being formed between the Irish Republican Army and other international...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will undertake further joint initiatives with the foreign ministers of France and Germany with regard to relations...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the occupying powers are taking to ensure access to safe, legal pregnancy termination services in Iraq; what policy,...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the building by Israel of the security wall; and what discussions he has had with the Israeli...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Israeli Government about the building of the wall.

      Nagorno-Karabakh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the terms of reference of the UK-funded project to improve the prospects for a settlement of the...

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the conduct of the election in Northern Cyprus with particular reference to (a) legal action...

      Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to affirm negative security assurances given at the 1995 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from the Pakistan authorities in respect of recent security operations involving their...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's estimate is of the number of children that were trafficked in (a) the world, (b) Europe and (c) the UK in...

      Performance Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost was of (a) setting, (b) monitoring and (c) measuring the performance targets for his Department in...

      Religious Freedom (Egypt)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise the issue of the Christians arrested in Egypt for their faith with the Egyptian Government and urge them to...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of the peace process between the Government of Sudan and the Darfur rebel group.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the main points were of the ceasefire agreement of 15 October 2002 between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan Liberation...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the progress made in negotiations between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan...

      Tariq Aziz

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) medical help and (b) legal help and advice has been given to Mr. Tariq Aziz.

      UKvisas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that calls to UKvisas on 020 7008 8446 are answered by officials.

      United Nations Compensation Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list payments from the United Nations Compensation Commission to (a) the UK Government and (b) other UK beneficiaries...

      Uzbekistan

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

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Uzbekistan has agreed to BBC World Service re-broadcasting from within Uzbekistan.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding other than that provided for the translating and printing of his Department's publications in Uzbek will be...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the oil industry which are active in the Western Sahara.

      Work-related Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of work related stress have been reported in his Department in each of the last three years; how much...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contacts his Department has had with the Daily News in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met President Mbeki to discuss the situation in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to urge the Commonwealth to expel Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to press the United Nations (a) to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe and (b) to debate the issue of...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from the People's Republic of China sought asylum in the UK in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003 to date.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the states regarded by his Department for the purposes of fast-tracking asylum applications as democratic.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what resources have been allocated to citizen advice bureaux specifically for their work with asylum seekers in each of the last five years.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (a) on what basis and (b) when decision making on Iraqi asylum applications resumed.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his Department's policy regarding travel arrangements for asylum seekers to visit relatives in the UK.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers there were in (a) Hull and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire in each month in the last two quarters for which figures...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers, broken down by country of origin, applied in the (a) fourth quarter of 2002, (b) first quarter of 2003 and (c)...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration is given by the National Asylum Support Service to the health of an asylum seeker when a decision to disperse that asylum...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers the National Asylum Support Service has placed in (a) Somerset, (b) Devon, (c) Plymouth, (d) Bristol, (e) Bath, (f)...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his intended use of zones of protection to (a) house asylum seekers and (b) process their claims.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to establish regional protection zones for asylum seekers outside the UK; and what recent discussions he has had with EU...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who have applied for asylum in the UK were resident in each constituency in the UK in the last period for which figures are...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are waiting to have their cases finally determined (a) 12 to 18 months, (b) 18 to 24 months, (c) two to three years...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government has to establish an independent country documentation centre in relation to asylum applications.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to increase the financial support to local authorities responsible for the care of asylum seeker children as a result...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to ensure that children of asylum seekers receive education.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mistaken asylum removals there were in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to assign National Asylum Seekers Service hard case support to failed asylum seekers in Wales.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reinstate embarkation controls at United Kingdom borders.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants have become homeless after their claims for asylum have failed since 1 May.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 10 June 2003, Official Report, column 808W, on asylum seekers, if he will make a statement on (a) the proportion of...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for his policy not to allow asylum seekers to work while they await a decision on their case.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on European Union asylum policies; what progress has been made with the creation of a common European asylum...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much asylum seekers cost public funds in the last 12 months, per head of tax paying population.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Government will change its policy of deporting persons from the UK who come from countries which will accede to EU membership in May...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to monitor the whereabouts of asylum seekers affected by Section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received from faith groups concerning Section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when it became his Department's policy not to enforce removals of people refused asylum to (a) Iraq, (b) Zimbabwe and (c) Somalia; and what...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of asylum applications within the last 12 months for which figures are available were given initial decisions (a) within two...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to have determined and finalised asylum cases which qualify under the asylum amnesty he announced recently.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which service providers are supplying housing for asylum seekers in Essex; and in which towns those homes are provided; (2) how many...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seeker families in North East Lincolnshire are eligible to remain in the UK under the recently announced amnesty.

      Coroners Courts (Welsh Language)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many coroners courts in Wales have the resources for simultaneous language translation.

      Coroners Courts (Welsh Language)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what action he is taking to ensure that, in inquests, the principles laid down in the Welsh Language Act 1993 are upheld; (2) what...

      Coroners Courts (Welsh Language)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many Welsh language inquests have used (a) sequential and (b) simultaneous translation in each year since 1997. (2) how many...

      Headstones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 27 January, Official Report, column 622W, on headstones, when he expects to issue guidance following the report of...

      Speeding Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices were issued in relation to speeding offences captured by (a) mobile speed cameras and (b) fixed speed cameras...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits have been issued to foreign nationals to work in the UK in each of the past five years.

      Asylum Reform Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will extend the three week consultation period on new legislative proposals on asylum reform to the minimum stipulated by Criterion 5...

      Administrative Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated costs are of cases dealt with by the Administrative Court relating to section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and...

      Police Code of Conduct (Anonymity of Suspects)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions a police officer has breached the Police Code of Conduct through unauthorised disclosure of information on a suspect...

      Police Code of Conduct (Anonymity of Suspects)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the amendments by the Association of Chief Police Officers to their media and disciplinary guidelines on the subject of anonymity for...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how he plans to keep (a) the police, (b) environmental health and housing officers and (c) the community informed of new powers...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make additional funds available to local councils for the establishment of anti-social behaviour teams with (a) legal support and...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Minister for Crime Reduction, Policing and Community Safety will meet the hon. Member for Crosby to discuss anti-social behaviour.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he intends to tackle the problem of binge drinking and associated anti-social behaviour.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on how powers of the police have been strengthened since 1997 to deal with antisocial behaviour.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will make up the nuisance neighbours panels; when they will be set up; how they will be able to be contacted; what powers they will have;...

      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 for agencies responsible to his Department and its...

      Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research projects his Department has funded on the use of biometrics as a secure form of identification.

      Bomfords/Pontrilas Sawmills

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department following the raids last month on two employers in the Midlands, how many of the people detained were people who had claimed asylum, had been...

      Child Abuse (Investigations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the outcome of discussions with the Association of Chief Police Officers regarding mandatory audio and...

      Citizenship Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long it has taken to deal with citizenship applications in the last 12 months for which figures are available; how many citizenship...

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Community Support Officers there are in Lincolnshire constabulary.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Community Support Officers (a) there are in 2002–03 and (b) there will be in 2003–04 in each police authority in England...

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers are deployed in each local authority area in Staffordshire.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 9 September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. Farooq Ahmed.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 8 September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr.Yacob Yunis.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason he has not replied to the letter to him of 8 September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department why he has not yet replied to the letter to him dated 18 August from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Syed...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will direct the Immigration and Nationality Department to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Wrexham dated 2 June and 24...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will direct the Immigration and Nationality Department to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Wrexham dated 9 December 2002,...

      Crime Statistics (Lincolnshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded by Lincolnshire police force in each year since 1995, broken down by category.

      Discrimination (Catholic Subjects)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what restrictions upon Her Majesty's Catholic subjects are contained in legislation for which his Department is responsible; and...

      Donald Russell McLachlin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the application by Donald Russell McLachlin (Ref: M525305) for indefinite leave to remain in the UK will be determined; and what the...

      Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the annual running cost of Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to visit Dungavel.

      Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place to maintain teaching standards at Dungavel in circumstances where there has been a large admission of children.

      Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost per week is of detaining (a) a single adult asylum seeker in Dungavel, (b) a child of an asylum seeker in Dungavel, (c) a...

      Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on arrangements for the welfare of children being kept at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre.

      Mrs. Geraldine Merchant

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take action to ensure that the passport of Mrs. Geraldine Merchant, Ref: M1012795, is returned to her as soon as possible.

      Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed by the Prison Service in England and Wales as (a) governor grade, (b) prison officers and (c) other staff on the...

      Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were stopped and searched by each police force in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years; and how many of the people...

      Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in England and Wales were in post on the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by rank; and how...

      Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many new police officers were appointed during 2002; and how many of those newly appointed were (a) black and (b) Asian.

      EU Enlargement (Migration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of people from countries acceding to the EU who will take up jobs in the UK in each of the three...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the estimated cost was of the misuse of fireworks not sold in retail outlets and not used in organised displays in each of the...

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many pathologists on the Home Office Register of Forensic Pathology have been removed from the list since its creation; (2) how...

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many representations he has received (a) in favour of and (b) opposed to the privatisation of the Forensic Science Service.

      Fraudulent Passport Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who is responsible for investigating fraudulent passport applications.

      Haslar Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what briefings have been given to prison staff at Haslar Removal Centre relating to (a) the extension of the centre, (b) its transfer to the...

      Haslar Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans other than those proposed by his Department have been put forward for the extension of the Haslar Removal Centre; and what the...

      Haslar Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans for the extension of Haslar Removal Centre have been produced by Capita.

      Entitlement Cards/Identity Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish a summary of the responses to the consultation paper on Entitlement Cards and Identity Fraud.

      Imams (Entry Clearance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Imams have been given clearance to enter and remain in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used by immigration officers, who release a person from immigration detention, to determine whether an address is suitable...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what actions he is taking to ensure that UK immigration rules are fully compliant with the Human Rights Act 1998.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out his (a) proposals and (b) targets for improving the speed and quality of service for those who seek to enter the United...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the benefits to the UK economy of authorised immigration.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will amend paragraph 302 of the Immigration Rules to permit an accompanying child to be granted a two year visa.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances the Department may retain for up to three years the passport of an individual applying for (a) SET (M) and (b) SET (F).

      Immigration Checks (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what immigration checks are in place at airports and ferry terminals in Northern Ireland; and under what legislation they are operating.

      Immigration Checks (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what restrictions there are upon immigration checks at airports and ferry terminals within Nothern Ireland in relation to the Common Travel...

      Immigration Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the number of people in the UK who are not recorded in official statistics as authorised immigrants.

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the (a) cost and (b) remit of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

      Managed Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on how his Department's managed migration policies are attracting immigrants to Scotland.

      Mrs. Kaladura Nimali Mason

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will make a decision on the application of Mrs. Kaladura Nimali Mason (reference M2013611/3) for naturalisation as a British citizen.

      National Asylum Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date the report of the independent review of the National Asylum Support Service was submitted to ministers.

      National Asylum Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the implications of the decision of the Court of Appeal in Regina versus National Asylum Support Service.

      Nationality Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken was to process an application for British nationality in the last five years was; and if he (a) has taken and (b)...

      Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in relation to sections (a) 96, (b) 97 and (c) 98 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, how many cases have been certified by...

      Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases certified as clearly unfounded under Section 94(3) of the Nationality and Immigration Asylum Act 2002 have been (a) challenged...

      Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) in how many cases considered under section 94(3) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 he decided that the claim was not...

      Overseas Students (Visa Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of overseas pupils attending boarding schools in the United Kingdom who will be required to pay visa...

      Overseas Students (Visa Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of overseas pupils attending boarding schools in the United Kingdom who will miss a period of school...

      Overseas Students (Visa Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the additional charges for overseas student visas contain an element for cost recovery for the past costs of administering such visas...

      Overseas Students (Visa Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement by the Under-Secretary of State of 22 October 2003, Official Report, column 311WH, on visa charges, what discretion...

      Overseas Students (Visa Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State will reply to the letter of 17 September from the General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council concerning...

      Overseas Students (Visa Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when, and by what means, he advertised the introduction of visa charges for overseas pupils attending United Kingdom schools.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has carried out into the effects on those on low incomes of introducing fees for (a) applications for variation of leave and...

      Police Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the members of the Wiltshire Police Authority indicating (a) who nominated them, (b) who appointed them and (c) their...

      Police Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he issues on the range of organisations to be represented on police authorities, with particular reference to the number of...

      Rural Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been made to each police authority in England and Wales since 1995 under the Rural Sparsity Grant.

      Police Strength

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police civilian staff each police authority in England and Wales had in each year since 1995.

      Police Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to reorganise the Police Service in England.

      Deportations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals who had been refused political asylum were deported in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Deportations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals lost their appeals to the adjudicator against the refusal of political asylum in the last three years for which figures...

      Prisoner Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many vehicles he has had available on average on each day in the last three months for the transfer of prisoners (a) between...

      Prison Reception Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those of Her Majesty's Prisons that have no covered reception area for visitors.

      Prison Suicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are being introduced to reduce the suicide rate in prisons apart from the installation of safe cells.

      Race Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 in promoting race equality; and what criteria he applied...

      Hendon Police College (Racism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to deal with the issue of racism at the Peel Centre Police College, Hendon; and if he will make a statement.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for rape involving the use of drugs there were in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) the first half of 2003.

      Staff Training (Non-departmental Public Bodies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is compulsory for his Department's staff to undertake training on the Home Office/non-departmental public body relationship as...

      Staff Training (Non-departmental Public Bodies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances training is given to his Department's staff who deal with non-departmental public bodies.

      Street Crime Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what aspects of the Street Crime Initiative he intends to implement in all areas.

      Terrorism Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for authorisations under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 received in the last three years have been (a) successful...

      Work-related Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in his Department in each of the last three years; how much compensation has been...

  • House of Lords

    • North/South Implementation Bodies: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7 July (WA 1), in the case of the Language Implementation Body budget for 2003, how the assessment of...

    • North/South Implementation Bodies: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7 July (WA 1) concerning funding for Cross-Border Bodies, whether that reply means that pressure on funding...

      Northern Ireland: Mental HealthTribunal Rules

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 14 October (WA 99), whether they consider the mental health tribunal rules (Northern Ireland) 1986 to be...

      Northern Ireland Government Offices: Cleaning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 16 October (WA 128) concerning the cost of cleaning government offices in Northern Ireland, how much office...

      Northern Ireland Parliament 1921–1972: Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times the Parliament of Northern Ireland enacted legislation discriminating against Roman Catholics or Protestants or both between 1921 and 1972, and...

      Belfast: Waterways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will: (a) Obtain powers to dredge or remove debris and rubbish from the Connswater and Knock Rivers and their banks for their full length within...

      Iraq: Gender Experts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) what are the names and qualifications of the two gender experts who have been assigned to Iraq; (b) what is the length and purpose of their assignment; and (c)...

      Cameroon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: At the high level meeting on Cameroon to be hosted by the Commonwealth on 29 October, they will press the Cameroon Government to take steps to improve the fairness...

      Indonesia: Use of British-built Military Equipment in Aceh

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 10 July (WA 53), how they are "carefully monitoring the extent of compliance" with...

      Iraq: Unemployment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current estimated rate of unemployment in Iraq.

      Peacekeeping: UNSCR 1325

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they are doing to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.

      Vietnam: Unified Buddhist Church

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Vietnam about persecution of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, and encourage the European Union...

      Ceuta and Melilla: European Parliamentary Elections 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the electors of Ceuta and Melilla will have the right to vote at the next election of the European Parliament in 2004.

      Fourth Geneva Convention: Civilians in the Occupied Territories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the Fourth Geneva Convention applies for the protection of civilians in the Occupied Territories, or whether they consider Israel to be...

      Somaliland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with Government Ministers from the Republic of Somaliland; and whether they agree with the submission by those Ministers that the...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many troops are now deployed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; and what further steps they consider should be taken by the United Nations Security...

      Saudi Arabia: British Citizens in Detention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will help alleged British victims of torture and arbitrary detention in Saudi Arabia to obtain exemplary compensation from the Saudi authorities.

      Middle East

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will propose a United Nations Security Council Resolution condemning both the construction by Israel of a security wall and fence on Palestinian...

      Guantanamo Bay: Legal Status of Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will request the United States Government to bring the prisoners held at Guantanamo, Cuba, before a competent tribunal in order to determine their...

      FCO Annual Report on Human Rights 2003

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the Human Rights Annual Report 2003, published by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, how many copies were produced; what was the cost of the...

      Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission Ruling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider the ruling of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission to be conclusive and binding on both parties; and, if so, what additional measures...

      Afghanistan: Police Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What training they provide for the police forces in Afghanistan.

      Ascension Island: Wideawake Airfield

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to allow for the opening of Wideawake Airfield on Ascension Island to civilian charter traffic.

      Kosovo: UNSCR 1244

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy on the approach outlined, in Belgrade and Pristina, by the United States' Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Marc Grossman, for...

      Rough Sleepers: Westminster Cathedral Piazza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the rough sleeping that occurs nightly in the Piazza in front of Westminster Cathedral is to be permitted indefinitely.

      Planning: Obligations and Charges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, in order to speed up the property planning process, they will not replace the existing negotiated system with a tariff system.

      Homeless Households: Temporary Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will announce the outcome of their recent consultation on improving standards of temporary accommodation for homeless households.

      Overseas Students

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in deciding the fees to be charged for applications for extensions of leave to remain by temporary residents in the United Kingdom: (a) they gave special...

      Asylum Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have asked for responses by 17 November 2003 to the proposals for changes to the law on asylum, in the document New legislative proposals on asylum...

      Anti-social Behaviour Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued against young people in rural areas (as defined by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister); and How many...

      Halloween

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any monitoring has been done, or is under consideration, of acts of vandalism and damage to property by groups involved in door-to-door visits at Halloween.

      Asylum Seekers: Detention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What improvements have been made since January 2000 to the regulations requiring written reasons for the detention of asylum seekers at the time of first admission...

      Failed Asylum Seekers: Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many emergency orders for interim payments of benefits to destitute asylum seekers have been made by the courts since the entry into force of the Immigration,...

      Work Permits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many work permits were issued in the United Kingdom in the last year for which figures are available; and what were the main countries of origin of the people...

      Immigration Policy: ECJ Ruling in Akrich Case

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 16 October (WA 135), whether the United Kingdom remains sovereign in respect of its immigration...

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps are being taken both to combat trafficking in human beings and to protect the victims of trafficking; and how such measures will be strengthened...

      Public Schools: Charitable Status

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the extent of the charitable commitments required for continued charitable status for public schools.

      Immigration Detainees: Language Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following publication of the Harmondsworth report (An Inspection of Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre 16–18 September 2002), what measures have been...

      Immigration Detainees: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following publication of the Harmondsworth report (An Inspection of Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre 16–18 September 2002), whether they have plans...

      Racial Discrimination: Political Parties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is lawful for a political party which discriminates on racial or ethnic grounds to register under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act...

      Gulf War 1990–91: Vaccines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether those commissioned and funded by them to undertake research in relation to Gulf War illnesses had already been, or are now being, informed of the...

      War Widows

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by the Lord Bach on 27 October (Official Report, cols. 1–4), what proportion of war widows whose husbands died before the advent of the...

      War Widows

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What benefits are payable to war widows aged 70 or over who are: (a) pre-1973 war widows with their own state retirement pension; (b) pre-1973 war widows without...

      Armed Forces: Review of Pension and Compensation Arrangements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Ministry of Defence has now taken a decision to replace the current burden of proof ("reasonable doubt") with "the balance of probability" in the...

      London Student Pledge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the cost of the London student pledge; and from what source the money will be found to fund the project.

      London Student Pledge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What, in practical terms, the London student pledge means for each London student.

      London Student Pledge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pupils will benefit from the London student pledge.

      London Student Pledge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the geographical boundary within which the London student pledge will apply.

      Pension Protection Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What independent professional advice they are taking, or intend to take, about the impact on pension fund investment strategy of different possible contribution...

      State Pension

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated net additional cost to the Exchequer, in each year from 2006 to 2015, of increasing the basic state pension in 2006 by: (a) £10 a week...

      Housing Benefit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the cost of housing benefit paid to tenants of (a) housing associations; (b) local authorities; and (c) private landlords, in each of the past three...

      Tax Credits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, after the tax credit scheme was launched in April, more than 200,000 applicants are still waiting for their money.

      FSA: Market Misconduct and Enforcement Action

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Financial Services Authority will announce the results of the first enforcement actions covering stock market abuse.

      Business Banking Code

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the new banking regulations, designed to protect small businesses, will be incorporated into the voluntary banking code and adopted by banks.

      Licensing Act 2003: National Guidance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why there has been a delay in bringing forward the national guidance to the Licensing Act 2003; and What impact the delay in laying before the House of Lords the...

      Licensing Act 2003: National Guidance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to clarify in the national guidance to the Licensing Act 2003 that the new law does not change the liability of the licensee (that is, the...

      Liquor Licences: Brewster Sessions 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they are proceeding with the renewal of liquor licences at the Brewster's Sessions, in February 2004, when such licences will have only a short duration and...

      Reports on the Observance of Standards and Codes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions have taken place between officials of HM Treasury and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development in relation to a possible report...

      NHS Trusts: Private Patients

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they ensure that the charges made by National Health Service trusts for services offered to private patients cover the full costs of those services; and How...

      NHS Trusts: Private Patients

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether National Health Service trusts are required to keep any records showing the financial result of the services offered to private patients; and, if so, what...

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Reimbursement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What refinements are planned to the health resource group system of evaluating the costs of surgical and other procedures to ensure that those National Health...

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Reimbursement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they believe that the long-term contracts to be entered into by National Health Service foundation trusts are capable of providing an adequate level of...

      Honey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Honey (England) Regulations (S.I. 2003/2243) state that filtered honey or baker's honey may not be sold if it is marked with "information relating to...

      Nuclear Waste: Disposal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they agree with the recommendation of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology report Managing of Nuclear Waste (HL Paper 41, Section...

      Countryside Agency: Access Rights and Maps

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 21 October (WA 173), whether errors corrected by the Countryside Agency in its provisional or conclusive maps...

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The parliamentary question is a great way for MPs and Peers to discover information which the government may not wish to reveal. Ministers reply via written answers, a list of which gets published daily.

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