Written answers

Tuesday, 18 November 2003

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cement Kilns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what controls exist over the (a) level and (b) toxicity of emissions from cement kilns used for co-incineration; what...

    • Cement Kilns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what controls exist over the nature of fuels used in cement kilns where co-incineration takes place.

      Cement Kilns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the types of (a) fuels and (b) raw materials used since 1 January in the production of cement at Rugby...

      Flooding (Medmenham and Marlow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 17 September 2003, Official Report, columns 776–77W, on flooding, what progress has been made...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent meetings she has had with her EU counterparts at which plans to change the procedure for approval of GM (a)...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the effects she estimates the adoption of genetically modified crops in the UK would have on...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent evidence there is on the impact of the effect of herbicide use on GM maize, with particular reference to levels...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has held with the Royal Society in respect of herbicide regimes used within the farm-scale evaluations.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether decisions will be made by her Department in respect of applications to grow GM crops in the UK before the final...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to ensure that UK companies are informed of measures required to comply with the European Landfill...

      Marine Consents and Environment Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which criteria have been established by the Marine Consents and Environment Unit for time periods for the issue of...

      Parrett Catchment Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what fee is paid to the Chairman of the Parrett Catchment project.

      Performance Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the performance targets that (a) her Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are...

      Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many primates were imported for research into each member state of the European Union in 2002.

      Printer Cartridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has undertaken of the environmental impact of refilling and reusing printer cartridges.

      Waste Incineration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports she has received on the release of dioxins caused by the incineration of waste.

      Waste Incineration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the original energy output is typically produced by the incineration of waste.

      Home Composting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has commissioned on the impact on human health of home composting.

      Waste (Definition)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the definition of waste, pursuant to recent judgments by the European Court of Justice.

  • Treasury

    • Wood Panel Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people he estimates are employed in the wood panel industry.

    • Consumer Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the evidence produced by research he has commissioned on the impact of a rise in interest rates on consumer debt.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter of 1 August from the hon. Member for Aylesbury, on behalf of Mr. M.G. Moore of Great Missenden, about professional...

      Deep Vein Thrombosis

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died from deep vein thrombosis in the last 12 months; and in how many of these cases long haul air travel was found to be a contributory factor.

      Defence Dental Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the Defence Dental Agency's Account Direction for financial year 1997–98 was withdrawn.

      Import Tariffs (Israel)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list United Kingdom companies which have (a) made representations to and (b) signalled their intention to take action against the (i) British...

      Industrial and Provident Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to bring about the level playing field in regulations affecting companies and industrial and provident societies, to which he...

      Insurance Brokers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures are in place to stop the practice of grossing up by insurance brokers in Northern Ireland; and what plans he has to change the appropriate...

      International Finance Facility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he estimates agreement will be reached on the International Finance Facility; and when he estimates it will have funds in it.

      Large Scale Voluntary Transfer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to public funds was of large scale voluntary transfer for each of the last 10 years.

      Leases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) lock-up garages, (b) car parking spaces, (c) advertising hoardings and (d) charity shops were leased in the last year for which figures are...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the UK visits made by ministers in his Department in each of the last five years, broken down by constituency.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his forecast is of losses on Network Rail for 2003–04.

      Opinion Polling and Market Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) HM Treasury, (b) Customs and Excise and (c) the Inland Revenue spent on (i) opinion polling and (ii) market research in the last financial...

      Presidential Visit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated economic cost is of the effect on businesses in London of the forthcoming visit of President Bush.

      Productivity Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of productivity growth in the public sector was on the last year for which figures are available.

      Taxation and Transfer Pricing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list taxation and transfer pricing cases involving United Kingdom companies which have been (a) decided and (b) entered for decision by the...

      Thalidomide Trust

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the annual cost to the Treasury of allowing income payments from the Thalidomide Trust to thalidomide victims to be tax exempt; and if...

      Treasury Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the HM Treasury official involved in the early release of statistics on 24 October had authorised access to those statistics; and if he will...

      Website

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the (a) content and (b) design of his Department's website.

  • Transport

    • A34

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to receive a progress report from the Highways Agency on its review of the A34; and if he will make a statement.

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking towards the introduction of (a) bioethanol and (b) biodiesel fuels for road users.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on safety on the London Underground.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the service levels stipulated in the agreement registered by the Government with private sector companies to run the...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has for improvements in rail transport in the West Midlands.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his Department's strategy for (a) increasing cycling journey numbers and (b) reducing cycling injuries and deaths.

      A40

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of (a) traffic flows and (b) congestion on the A40 in Cheltenham since the opening of the new GCHQ building; (2)...

      A414

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures he will take to improve road safety on the A414 from Chelmsford towards the M25.

      Altmark Case

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the implications of the Altmark case on (a) ferry services sailing from ports in Scotland, (b) the application of the EU...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the materials used to demarcate the hard shoulder on motorways in alerting drowsy drivers...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of night flights into Heathrow operated on (a) a westerly and (b) an easterly flightpath (i) in 2001, (ii) in 2002 and...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what amounts of (a) low level, (b) intermediate-level and (c) high-level nuclear waste have been transported by train in each year since 1979; and if...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what reports his Department has received about plans to increase the transport by train of nuclear waste through London; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains went through London with (a) low-level, (b) intermediate-level and (c) high-level nuclear waste in each of the last five years; and if...

      Pensions (Network Rail)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the decision by Network Rail to close its final salary pension scheme.

      Regulatory Proportionality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how the principle of regulatory proportionality will be incorporated in the proposed amendments to Regulation 32 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and...

      Road Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the rates of congestion were on the M54 between Shrewsbury and Telford in each year since 1997; (2) what the rates of congestion were on...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Department for Education and Skills regarding funding for school transport.

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the decision by the Strategic Rail Authority to take over the south-east franchise.

      Train Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many meetings he has had with train operating companies to discuss train performance in the last six months.

      Transport Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps have been taken since 11 September 2001 to improve security at (a) ports and (b) rail freight terminals.

      US Naval Ships (Disposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about the arrangements approved by his Department for the refuelling of tug boats towing vessels from the United States for...

      Vehicles (Tinted Windows)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of how many vehicles which have (a) lightly tinted and (b) heavily tinted windows do not comply with the proposed amendments to...

  • Advocate-General for Scotland

    • Departmental Expenditure (Official Residences)

      To ask the Advocate-General how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Better Regulation Task Force

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when the Government will respond to the Better Regulation Task Force's report, "Imaginative Thinking for Better Regulation"; and if he will make a statement.

    • Public Administration

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what action the Cabinet Office is taking to reduce the burden of administration in the public sector.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps have been taken towards improving transparency in the public appointments process.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress the Civil Service is making in appointing women to senior positions.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps are being taken to increase the proportion of ethnic minority staff in the Senior Civil Service.

      Departmental Floor Space

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what floor space in square metres his Department had use of on (a) 1 May 1997 and (b) 1 November 2003.

      Bechtel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the contracts for consultancy and other work carried out by Bechtel for agencies responsible to the Office in each year since 1997,...

      Microsoft (Licensing Fees)

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much was paid to Microsoft in licensing fees by the Cabinet Office and its agencies in each of the last three years; and how much has been budgeted...

  • Scotland

    • Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

    • Official Properties

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

      Work-related Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent (a) representations and (b) discussions she has had on extending age discrimination legislation to unpaid voluntary workers; and...

    • Air Travel (Financial Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will respond to the consultation by the Civil Airports Authority on financial protection for travellers and package holidaymakers.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the kind of experiments animals are used in; what controls are in place to reduce to reduce the unnecessary...

      Consumer Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if her Department will initiate discussions with Leeds University Business School about research it has recently conducted on debt collectors.

      Consumer Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to standardise the cooling off period for consumer credit contracts and agreements.

      Consumer Rights (Energy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with Energywatch on measures to help elderly consumers develop a greater understanding of their rights in...

      Debt Management Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has for the statutory regulation of debt management companies.

      Home Accident Surveillance System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 11 September, Official Report, column 392W, to the hon. Members for Cunninghame, South and for Gateshead East and...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the UK trade and investment relationship with India.

      Milk Processing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the milk processing industry on (a) prices and (b) profitability in that industry.

      Milk Processing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to investigate the implementing of further merger activity in the milk processing industry.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will press mobile phone companies to standardise practice in notifying customers of unusually high mobile phone usage patterns.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department has conducted on the number of mobile phone customers who receive bills for mobile phone charges incurred by...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from consumer bodies about mobile phone fraud arising when SIM cards are stolen after consumers have...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will require mobile phone operators to present charging structures in a standardised format, similar to the credit card industry's...

      National Minimum Wage (Midlothian)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people in Midlothian have benefited from the national minimum wage since its introduction.

      Phishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what powers there are to impose penalties on people perpetrating phishing frauds in internet banking; and what the penalties are.

      Post Office and Bank of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what regulatory approvals are necessary for the Post Office partnership with the Bank of Ireland to provide financial services to proceed.

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons elements of management within the Post Office are given a financial incentive to close post offices; and what percentage of...

      Post Office Robberies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post office robberies occurred in each of the last three years.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on promoting the use of post offices; and if she will...

      Quality Mark Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the survey on raising standards commissioned by the Quality Mark Scheme in July; and if she will...

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

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

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the additional £98 million funding for renewable energy capital grant programme to 2006 is being allocated to (a)...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much capital grant funding she will make available for large scale solar PV projects in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much private sector investment there has been in UK based solar PV manufacturing since the start of her Department's major demonstration...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new installers were registered under her Department's solar PV major demonstration programme in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many jobs have been created in the UK solar PV industry since the start of the major demonstration programme phase one.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria her Department will use to assess the success of the solar PV major demonstration programme phase one.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the totally installed capacity is of Solar PV in the United Kingdom.

      Vanco v. BT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the implications of the case of Vanco v BT; and if she will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan/Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list (a) the number and (b) the value of Urgent Operational Requirements for Operation Fingal and for Operation Telic 1, showing (i) in which...

    • Army (Non-UK Citizens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list by country of origin, the numbers of non-UK citizens who have joined the Army in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will suspend military aid to Colombia until the Colombian Government takes action to comply with UN recommendations on human rights.

      D-Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans the Government have to celebrate the 60th anniversary of D-Day; and if he will make a statement; (2) what funding has been allocated by...

      Defence Estates (Pilning Range)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the land owned by Defence Estates South West at Pilning Range will be subject to an open market bidding process when it is sold; and if he will...

      Defence Export Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations have been made to him from (a) other governments and (b) foreign non-governmental organisations on the Defence Services export...

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research he has (a) initiated and (b) evaluated on the effects of depleted uranium on British (i) service personnel and (ii) civilians; and if he...

      Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent evidence he has collated relating to Gulf War Syndrome; what studies have been commissioned by him in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list outstanding inquiries relating to operations in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British wounded have been brought back from Iraq since United Kingdom military action began in March.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the success of measures taken to avoid using cluster munitions near civilian areas in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received of former regime arms dumps within the British area of responsibility in Iraq; and what measures are being put in place to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the level of priority given to (a) avoiding civilian casualties and (b) ensuring the security of British troops in respect...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) gun and (b) bomb attacks there were on British troops in the provinces of (i) Basra City and (c) Maysan, broken down by type of incident and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Iraqis are being interned by the British forces because they are perceived to be a threat to coalition forces; how long each such person has...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what means UK forces in Iraq have sought to confirm whether civilian fatalities have occurred during incidents involving the use of firearms and other...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the security situation in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures are being taken to fit British military vehicles in Iraq with vehicle protection kits.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost is per day, per person, of the food provided to British security personnel in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what rotation schedule is expected for troops in Iraq.

      ITAR Waiver

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has held with his counterpart in the US Administration about the stance taken by (a) the Senate and (b) the House of Representatives...

      King's Own Scottish Borderers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the King's Own Scottish Borderers are due to finish their deployment in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Operation Telic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 1 September 2003, Official Report, column 915W, and the answer to the hon. Member for Portsmouth South (Mr. Hancock) of 15...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 20 October 2003, Official Report, column 375W, on parliamentary questions, how many questions tabled to his Department by the...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many claims for payment by the Saudi Government have been endorsed by staff of his Department's Director General of the Saudi Armed Forces Project...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff of his Department's Director General of the Saudi Armed Forces Project are based in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Saudi Arabia; and what...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what conditions relating to (a) security sector reform and (b) human rights are included in the contracts governing the Al Yamamah programme; and if he...

      Technology Transfer Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) technology transfer contracts from his Department to Scottish companies and (b) technology transfer contracts per Scottish company,...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to help recruit doctors into the Territorial Army.

      Terrorist Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps United Kingdom forces are taking to protect British citizens from terrorist attacks in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq.

      Unexploded Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many children in Iraq have taken part in the Theatre Mine Risk education programme.

      Work-related Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

  • International Development

    • Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department has offered the Government of Indonesia for the reconstruction of Sumatra Island.

    • Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial aid the Occupied Palestinian Territories received from his Department in each of the last five years; and what provision...

      Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what the proportion of people living in poverty in sub-Saharan Africa was in each year since 1992; (2) what proportion of people...

      Weapons Stocks

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial assistance the United Kingdom provides to governments in developing countries to reduce their weapons stocks; and what...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many staff were employed by the Crown Prosecution Service as (a) Grades 1–6, (b) legal assistance, (c) executive officers and (d) administrative officers;...

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make it the policy of the Crown Prosecution Service to pay fees to their legal advisers within 30 days.

      Solicitors/Barristers

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) solicitors and (b) barristers there are in England and Wales; and how many are (i) black and (ii) Asian.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcohol Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the impact proposed increases in the cost of alcohol licences will have on (a) community...

    • Aviation White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations her Department has made to the Department for Transport on the Aviation White Paper.

      Childhood Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research she has commissioned into the effect of food advertising on levels of childhood obesity.

      Childhood Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received about (a) childhood obesity and (b) lack of access to sports facilities.

      Childhood Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with other departments about implementing a strategy to tackle childhood obesity.

      Community Fund (Cheltenham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many grants have been made from the Community Fund to projects in the Cheltenham constituency since its inception.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Lottery funding per capita has been awarded to (a) organisations in each of the regions in England and Wales and (b)...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many National Lottery ticket sales there were in the (a) GL50, (b) GL51, (c) GL52 and (d) GL53 postcode areas in each of the last 10...

      Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list each item of market and opinion research commissioned since May 1997 by (a) her Department and (b) agencies and...

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people from science and technology backgrounds have been seconded into the Civil Service in her Department in each of the last...

      Television Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what estimate she has made of the revenue received by each of the commercial television channels from selling advertising airtime...

      Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the content and design of her Department's website.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • First World War Battlefields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he and (b) other Departments have had with the Government of Belgium to (i) preserve First World War...

    • Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Ayr (Sandra Osborne) of 30 June 2003, Official Report, column 64W, what reports he...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what practical help has been provided to the Colombian Government in accordance with commitments given at the London conference...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter of 20 August 2003 from the Member for Banff and Buchan to the hon. Member for North...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has made to investigate British companies named in the final report of the UN Panel of Experts on the...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what independent mechanisms exist for the United Nations Panel on the Democratic Republic of the Congo to pursue its...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has received from British-based individuals and companies relating to the release of...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the United Kingdom made to the UN in relation to United Kingdom-based individuals and companies mentioned...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government are making on behalf of the welfare and human rights of the non-British detainees at...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 22 October 2003, Official Report, column 617W, on the Middle East, whether Article 147 of the Fourth...

      Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the US Administration's plans for new low yield nuclear weapons will comply with that...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the UK will put forward to strengthen the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty at the preparatory conference,...

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what statutory investigatory powers the Department has; which ones will be superseded by use of the Regulation of Investigatory...

      President Bush (State Visit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what basis it was decided to make the forthcoming visit of President Bush an official state visit.

  • Prime Minister

    • House of Lords

      To ask the Prime Minister how many applicants for a people's peerage since April 2002 were acquainted with a Commissioner of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.

    • House of Lords

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of those peers created since 1997, with particular reference to people's peers.

      House of Lords

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish the timetable for creating further people's peers.

      House of Lords

      To ask the Prime Minister how many of those aspiring people's peers who were invited to interview but who were unsuccessful have indicated that they no longer wish their application to be...

      House of Lords

      To ask the Prime Minister how many aspiring people's peers who were invited to interview but were not subsequently recommended for elevation to the peerage requested feedback from the Commission...

      House of Lords

      To ask the Prime Minister how many applications for a people's peerage have been received since April 2001 from hereditary peers who no longer have the right to sit in the House of Lords.

      House of Lords

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answers of 13 November 2003, Official Report, columns 429–30W, on the House of Lords, what initiatives the House of Lords Appointments Commission...

      House of Lords

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answers of 13 November 2003, Official Report, columns 429–30W, on the House of Lords, whether any of the applications received since April 2001...

      House of Lords

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answers of 13 November 2003, Official Report, columns 429–30W, on the House of Lords, if he will ask the House of Lords Appointments Commission to...

      Microsoft (Licensing Fees)

      To ask the Prime Minister how much was paid to Microsoft in licensing fees by the Prime Minister's Office in each of the last three years; and how much has been budgeted for (a) 2003–04 and...

      President Bush (State Visit)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will raise the issue of Israel's construction of the Security Wall with President Bush during his visit; and if he will report to the House the outcome of those...

      President Bush (State Visit)

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he intends to discuss with President Bush the subject of the United States ratifying the Kyoto Treaty during the President's forthcoming visit.

      President Bush (State Visit)

      To ask the Prime Minister what the estimated total cost to public funds is of the forthcoming state visit of President Bush.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Lettings (SE1)

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, how many dwellings in Mitre Road, Ufford Street and Webber Street, London SE1 have been let at open market rents...

    • VAT Group

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make a statement on his recent visit to Brussels with the Church of England VAT Group to meet (a) UK...

  • Northern Ireland

    • All Ireland Sports Development Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Irish Sports Council is contributing to the costs of the All Ireland Sports Development Conference on 20 and 21 November; and what...

    • Attacks on Medical Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to provide greater funding to increase the personal security of medical staff.

      Average Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average weekly gross pay in Northern Ireland for individuals was at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Monitoring Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the International Monitoring Commission has the authority to investigate the allegations of activities by the Provisional IRA and...

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications to the Planning Service are awaiting consideration; and what the average waiting time for the consideration of these...

      Skills Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to address skills shortages in Northern Ireland, with particular reference to the elementary occupations; and if he...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government are taking to encourage people over 60 to take part in adult learning.

    • Brampton Abbotts School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the funding of Brampton Abbotts Church of England primary school in Herefordshire.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what services are available to (a) students and (b) teachers to deal with bullying in schools.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the Government's estimate is of the proportion of children that were bullied in schools in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the North...

      Childhood Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Department of Health, (b) the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and (c) educational...

      Education (13 to 19)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people aged 13 to 19 were in (a) school, (b) further education college and (c) neither school nor further education college in (i)...

      Education Provision (East Riding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the pay rates are for (a) primary school teachers, (b) secondary school teachers and (c) teaching assistants in the East Riding of...

      Employer Training Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the Employer Training Pilots project.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what proportion of 15-year-olds in (a) Wiltshire, (b) Dorset and (c) Devon achieved (i) five or more A* to C GCSE grades and (ii) five...

      Higher Education White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the graduate contribution scheme described in the White Paper on Higher Education is (a) debt, (b) an income contingent loan or (c)...

      Maths Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage mathematics graduates to become teachers.

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 November, Official Report, column 90W, if he will give a breakdown by individual institution of the 81 students...

      Minister for Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Minister for Children sought advice from departmental officials before writing to the Chairman of the BBC about child abuse in...

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether (a) his Department and (b) its agencies carry out exit surveys with those who (i) complete and (ii) do not complete modern...

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of successfully completed modern apprenticeships in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03 were provided by (i) further...

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of young people undertaking a modern apprenticeship in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03 had all or part of their...

      Non-EU Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many non-European Union students registered for courses in (a) further education colleges and (b) universities in each of the last five...

      National Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he will take to raise the percentage of the London workforce with NVQ Level 2 qualifications.

      Poorer Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what incentives he plans to introduce to encourage universities to offer places to poorer students under a mandatory bursary scheme;...

      Poorer Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what representations he has received from (a) Imperial College and (b) Sir Richard Sykes in respect of proposals to ask universities...

      Post-16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures are in place to encourage schoolchildren to stay in school after the age of 16.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether his pledge of increased school funding is aimed at assisting schools in meeting the cost of (a) incremental drift and (b) teachers...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his estimate is of the average debt medical students will face when they qualify as doctors if they are charged the maximum tuition fee...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues from other Departments in respect of increasing proposed tuition fee remission...

      University Enrolments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the work of the task force on university enrolments chaired by Professor Thomas.

      University Enrolments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what evidence he has collated on higher education student participation by socio- economic class in (a) subgraduate qualifications, (b)...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost of raising the maximum child care element of the working tax credit from 70 per cent. of the costs of...

  • Wales

    • Coal Mining Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has made to the Department of Trade and Industry regarding the amount paid to Welsh communities by the Coalfields Regeneration...

    • Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent assessment he has made of the content and design of his Department's website.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library an updated progress report on the implementation of the new child support scheme.

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when Child Support Agency cases which have been assessed under the old scheme and which are linked to cases which have been assessed under the...

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people eligible for but not claiming Council Tax Benefit in (a) the City of Edinburgh local...

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to improve the take-up of Council Tax Benefit among pensioners.

      Disability Rights Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received from the Disability Rights Task Force.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled (a) children under 16 and (b) people aged between 16 and 59 receive (i) Disability Living Allowance, (ii) Higher Rate Care...

      Full-time Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional support has been offered to private individuals who are full-time carers for friends and family since 1997.

      Invalid Care Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged over 65 years have claimed Invalid Care Allowance and subsequently Carer's Allowance since 28 October 2002 in (a) Glasgow,...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Argyll and Bute constituency are in receipt of Pension Credit; and what his estimate is of the number of pensioners in the...

      Profiling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research he has commissioned on the use of profiling; and if he will make a statement on the use of profiling within the benefit system.

      Scottish Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Scottish local authorities have returned unspent discretionary housing payment funds to the Department of Work and Pensions in each year...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many qualified legal advisers have a Community Legal Service franchise to represent asylum seekers in England.

    • County Court Judgments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many county court judgments have been made against individuals in (a) London and (b) England and Wales in each of the...

      Dispute Resolution

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what action his Department is taking to promote the use of alternative dispute resolution in legal cases in which...

      Dispute Resolution

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what cost savings have been achieved by Government Departments through the use of alternative dispute resolution in place...

      Marriage Support

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what action his Department (a) has taken and (b) proposes to take to implement the proposed strategy for marriage and...

      Mediation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what action the Lord Chancellor is taking to promote the use of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute...

      Postcodes

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what use the Department for Constitutional Affairs and its agencies make of postcode areas for (a) the collection and...

      Probate Procedures

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress his Department has made in implementing the recommendations of the review of probate procedures.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Advertisement Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will take steps to empower local authorities to remove placards and posters displayed in contravention of advertisement regulations without the requirement...

    • Assisted Property Purchases

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many times local authorities have assisted people in buying properties in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) amount spent.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average funding offered by each county council and unitary authority to people who have been admitted to care homes was in 2002–03.

      Community Land Trusts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the role of community land trusts as a vehicle for providing affordable housing, with particular reference to key worker housing.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 3 November 2003, Official Report, columns 497–98W, on council housing, what the 10 per cent. additional subsidy represents in cash...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what requirement there will be on regional housing boards to ring-fence additional subsidy provided for arm's length management organisations.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 3 November 2003, Official Report, column 498W, on council housing, what plans he has to continue additional funding for arm's length...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to ensure that equal funding is being made available for tenants who wish to remain within council ownership and control rather than stock...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what procedures he has put in place to ensure that full and effective consultation takes place with council tenants during the appraisal of the option of stock...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many council houses have been the subject of stock transfer since June 2001; and what the average capital receipt per property accruing to the local authority was.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the Audit Commission on the effects of large scale voluntary transfers.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) special advisers, (b) press officers, (c) civil servants, (d) advisers to civil servants and (e) permanent staff were working for his Department in...

      Elected Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what mechanisms he has put in place to ensure that public money spent on information campaigns in the three English regions due to hold referendums on elected...

      English Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what criteria English Partnerships uses in reaching decisions on funding priorities; and what account English Partnerships takes of the North West Regional...

      English Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy (1) Prime Minister for what period Lancaster City Council has requested funding from English Partnerships for the West End housing regeneration project in Morecambe; and for...

      Environmental Health Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people in each year since 1997 (a) were in professional training to become environmental health officers and (b) entered the profession as environmental...

      Environmental Health Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to increase the number of environmental health officers.

      Environmental Health Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many environmental health officers were employed in each year since 1997 (a) in England and (b) broken down by local authority area.

      Essex Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total number of vacancies for retained firefighters in the Essex fire and rescue service was on 1 September.

      Essex Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many retained firefighters were employed by the Essex Fire and Rescue Service on 1 September 2003.

      Essex Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many control room staff were employed by the Essex Fire and Rescue Service on 1 September 2003.

      Essex Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fire engines were retained by the Essex fire and rescue service on 1 September.

      Exchange Flags (Liverpool)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what evidence was shown to English Partnerships to substantiate the claim by the Walton Group that they had paid their wholly owned subsidiary Todd and Benn...

      Food Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent on food by his Department and by each of the agencies for which it is responsible in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03; what proportion...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 17 September 2003, Official Report, column 739W, on formula funding share, on what basis he will determine the 2005–06 formula...

      Government Office for the South West

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff are employed by the Government Office for the South West; and how many were employed in 1997.

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning applications are being considered for hazardous waste landfill; and how many sites for hazardous waste landfill received planning approval in...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 12 December 2002, Official Report, column 488W, on housing, when he expects to publish the updated Survey of English Housing, based on...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many properties in Shrewsbury and Atcham are awaiting adaptations for disabled people; and what the estimated value is of such adaptations.

      Landfill Sites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he issues to local authorities on the siting of landfill sites in the green belt.

      Morecambe

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding was granted by the North West Regional Development Agency in each year since 1997 for regeneration of Morecambe's sea front; and what sums have...

      Overcrowded Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the 2001 Census estimate of the percentage of children who live in overcrowded housing; and if he will make a statement.

      Overcrowded Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what obligations a local housing authority has to a household deemed to be statutorily overcrowded.

      Parks and Green Spaces

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what action his Department is taking to encourage local authorities to protect and develop parks and green spaces, with particular reference to (a) Sunderland and...

      Regional Co-ordination Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many full-time equivalent employees were employed in the Regional Co-ordination Unit (a) when it was first established and (b) in July.

      Regulatory Reform Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what arrangements he has put in place to assess the effect of orders under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 on local authorities' activities in (a) the...

      Revenue Support Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was (a) raised in council tax and (b) contributed in revenue support grant in (i) each authority within and (ii) the county areas of (A) Tyne and Wear,...

      Revenue Support Grant (Worcester)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the total revenue grant from all sources allocated to Worcester city council was in each year since 1992; (2) what the percentage cash charge in...

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to publish the review of the system for valuing properties for Right to Buy purposes undertaken by the College of Estate Management.

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his response to the report of the Select Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on the draft Housing Bill, what assessment he has made...

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the reports his Department and its predecessors have commissioned since 1979 on valuations for properties bought under the Right to Buy.

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many right to buy applications there were each month since June 1997, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) region.

      Sheltered Accommodation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many sheltered accommodation centres (a) have and (b) do not have resident wardens; and if he will make a statement on the trends regarding resident wardens...

      Sheltered Accommodation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make an assessment of the (a) advantages and (b) disadvantages, including financial considerations, of requiring resident wardens in all sheltered...

      Somali Community (Housing)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research he has collated on the treatment of the Somali community in relation to housing.

      Somali Community (Housing)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 11 July 2003, Official Report, columns 1062–63W, on housing (black minority ethnic communities), if he will commission research...

      Somali Community (Housing)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what research policy decisions on the housing needs of the Somali community are based.

      Somali Community (Housing)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the housing needs of the Somali community.

      Sound Insulation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will include in the decent homes standard the provision of sound insulation in domestic properties (a) constructed and (b) converted into flats and apartments.

      Voluntary Bodies (Wolverhampton)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the voluntary bodies in Wolverhampton in receipt of direct government grant, broken down by (a) capital and (b) revenue.

  • Home Department

    • Acceptable Behaviour Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he collates on the use of acceptable behaviour contracts; in what form; how many local authorities do not use acceptable...

    • Airwave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates he estimates that the Airwave communications system will be fully operational in each police force area.

      Airwave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent to date on the Airwave communications system, broken down by police force area.

      Alcohol-related Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the proportion of offences related to the misuse of alcohol, broken down by offence category, in each of the...

      Alcohol-related Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost of alcohol-related crime in each of the last five years.

      Animal Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many laboratory animals were used in the United Kingdom for the potency testing of batches of botulinum toxin for cosmetic purposes in...

      Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to facilitate the trial in normal criminal courts of those detained under section 4 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders in Gloucestershire have (a) received and (b) breached anti-social behaviour orders since their inception; and if he will...

      Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's strategy is on arson and catching arsonists.

      Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase resources to police forces in order to tackle arson.

      Asylum Application

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a decision will be taken on the asylum application lodged on 8 June 1998 by Mr. Mohamed Aweis Yusuf, Home Office reference M685182; when...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he plans to take to amend his Department's policies in relation to (a) the detention of children in removal centres and (b) the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure that asylum seekers are integrated into the community.

      Childhood Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with other departments about implementing a strategy to tackle childhood obesity.

      Childhood Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has commissioned on the effect on children's criminal behaviour of (a) poor nutrition and (b) childhood obesity.

      Class A Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what percentage of those brought into a police station tested positively for Class A drugs in 2002; and what the level of voluntary...

      Communications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 21 October, Official Report, column 543W, on communication masts, what plans he has to commission further research...

      Communications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 21 October, Official Report, column. 543W, on communications masts, what the conclusions were of the Defence...

      Community Punishment Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours per week the average offender sentenced to a community punishment order spends engaged in purposeful activity, broken down by...

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been detained by a community support officer; and in how many cases a police officer took charge of the detainee within...

      Computer Games Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the contracts his Department has awarded to computer games companies, broken down by (a) company to which the contract was...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many projects his Department has contracted out to external consultancies in each year since 1997; and at what cost.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will meet the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton to discuss the letter to him dated 9 September, with regard to Mrs. S. Ahmed.

      Publicity Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost to his Department was of (a) the Good to be Secure website, (b) the Don't let them bag your booty publicity campaign, (c)...

      Departmental Expenditure (Official Residences)

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

      Excel Exhibition Centre Protesters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Answer to the hon. Member for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (Mr. Llwyd) of 16 September 2003, Official Report, column 662W, whether...

      Drug Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested for drug offences in (a) Tyne and Wear, (b) the North East and (c) the UK in each year since 1997.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the costs involved in introducing a mandatory national identity card scheme in the UK.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his oral statement on identity cards of 11 November 2003, Official Report, column 176, what was the basis for his estimate of...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from (a) police authorities and (b) other interested parties on the introduction of identity cards, with...

      Immigration Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the use in special immigration appeals committees of evidence obtained through torture in a foreign country.

      IT Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on purchasing and upgrading IT equipment in each of his Department's executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies...

      National Asylum Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date Mr. Digby Griffith was appointed to the team which undertook the independent review of the National Asylum Support Service; on...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences recorded by the police resulted in no further action being taken in each year since 1997.

      Mi5

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the undertaking of activities by MI5 which require authorisation by warrant but which have been carried out...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports have been lost by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in Liverpool in 2003.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what basis he reached his decision to set fees for (a) applications for variation of leave and (b) endorsing passports at the current level.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints he has received in relation to the introduction of fees for (a) applications for variation of leave and (b) endorsing...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of the adult population of the United Kingdom does not have a passport.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what penalties are in place to punish those convicted of people trafficking; and what measures are in place to deter people traffickers.

      Performance Monitoring

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

      Performance Monitoring

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

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian police staff were employed in (i) Avon and Somerset, (ii) Bedforshire, (iii) Leicestershire and...

      Police (Firearms)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he proposes to release the 2002–03 authorised firearms officer figures for all forces in England and Wales; what the cause of the...

      Police Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the projected funding per head of population for each police authority in England and Wales is in 2003–04.

      Police Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the projected funding for 2004 is for each police authority in England and Wales under the Rural Sparsity Grant.

      Police Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what police funding was allocated to the North West in each year since 1992.

      Police Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police vehicles there were in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) police authority area and (b)...

      Policing Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is issued to police forces in relation to negotiating contributions from the organisers of (a) football matches and (b) other...

      Policing Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to make football clubs responsible for a greater proportion of the costs of policing football matches.

      Pupil Visa Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will initiate a review of the introduction of visa charges on pupils from overseas attending United Kingdom boarding schools which...

      Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many racist incidents were reported to the police in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department are taking to ensure consistency in using the Regulations of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 across all Government...

      Road Traffic Regulations(Police Confiscation Powers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the police have used their new power to confiscate vehicles that persistently infringe road traffic regulations or are...

      Road Traffic Speeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what help he will give chief constables to reduce illegal speeding.

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from science and technology backgrounds have been seconded into the Civil Service in his Department in each of the last five...

      Terrorism Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 4 November 2003, Official Report, column 575W, on the Terrorism Act, if he will break down the number of stop and...

      Terrorism Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for authorisations under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 have been received from (a) Avon and Somerset, (b)...

      UK/US Extradition Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the Extradition Treaty he signed on 31 March gives the US the right to request extradition from the UK without the need to...

      Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the content and design of his Department's website.

      Working Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how significant he estimates working immigrants will be in remedying problems of an ageing population in the UK.

  • Health

    • Painkillers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many over-the-counter painkillers contain codeine phosphate; and if he will make a statement.

    • Painkillers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many opiate-based painkillers are available on prescription.

      "Making Amends"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the reforms set out in his Department's document, "Making Amends", will require primary legislation; (2) if he will publish the responses...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual personal care costs were for someone with Alzheimer's disease living in their own home in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what length of time on average ambulance crews spent on each emergency call out in each of the London boroughs in the last year for which figures are...

      Ambulatory Oxygen Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will amend the contractual procedures with equipment suppliers so as to bring forward the date when ambulatory oxygen administration systems...

      Audiologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there are for audiologists at each NHS trust.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will amend the restrictions placed on the provision of chiropody in the health service.

      Commission for Patient and Public Involvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of whether the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement will have new structures in place and working by 1 December 2003.

      Commission for Patient and Public Involvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Public Bodies (Access to Meetings) Act 1960 applies to the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health.

      Community Health Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to extend the life of community health councils in advance of the transition to the new structure.

      Community Health Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures he has put in place (a) for the employment of community health council officers and staff in the new complaint and consultation structure...

      Community Health Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that new organisations handling complaints and patient issues in place of community health councils should establish (a)...

      Community Health Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines are in place to ensure that patients' interests are safeguarded during the period leading up to the abolition of community health councils.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people in care homes have a form of dementia; what proportion of care homes are registered as being able to accept people with...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact which moving responsibilities for dentistry from health authorities to primary care trusts has had on...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists offered NHS treatment in (a) Taunton and (b) Somerset in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the safety of (a) mercury and (b) silver fillings in dentistry; (2) what research he has (a) commissioned and (b)...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting time is for digital hearing aids in the NHS, broken down by primary care trust area.

      Early Intervention Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been invested in the (a) planning and (b) establishment of Early Intervention Services; how much has been allocated to each primary care...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the provision of specialist epilepsy nurses for children with epilepsy.

      Foundation Hospital Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely range of costs of (a) building and (b) maintaining the membership base of an NHS foundation trust.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he made of the effects of piloting the proposals for NHS foundation trusts before allowing their roll-out in England.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Burstow), of 8 January 2003, Official Report, columns 278–79W, on general...

      Health Care Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health care assistants work in the NHS; and if he will list the titles they work under in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each NHS trust.

      Heath Care (Bath/North East Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for patients from Bath and North East Somerset was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003 for (i) cancer treatment and (ii) heart operations.

      Health Care (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general dental practitioners offered NHS treatment in York in each year since 1979.

      Health Services (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time midwives were employed by Essex Strategic Health Authority on 1st September.

      Health Services (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time district nurses were employed by Essex Strategic Health Authority on 1 September.

      Health Services (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many occupational therapists were employed by South Essex Partnership NHS Trust on 1 September.

      Health Services (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time administrative staff were employed in general practice surgeries by Essex Strategic Health Authority on 1September.

      Health Services (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time general practitioners were employed by Essex Strategic Health Authority on 1 September.

      Health Services (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the vacancy figure for NHS general practitioners in Essex was on 1 September.

      Health Services (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the vacancy figure for district nurses in Essex was on 1 September.

      Health Services (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the vacancy figure for ambulance paramedics in the Essex ambulance service was on 1 September.

      Health Services (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time paramedics were employed by Essex Air Ambulance on 1 September.

      Health Services (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trainee paramedics were employed by the Essex Ambulance Service on 1st September.

      Health Services Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government will reassess the priorities and planning framework for health and social services; and how future priorities and planning frameworks...

      Kaiser Permanente System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the findings of his visit to the Kaiser Permanente healthcare system in the US, with particular reference to the costs of...

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what response he has given to the statement published in October by nine members of the Royal Commission on Long-Term Care.

      Long-term Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the Government will ensure that the National Service Framework for Long Term Conditions is given sufficient priority by primary care trusts; and what...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make it his policy to exempt people with mental health problems from paying prescription charges; (2) if he will assess the long-term...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of whether the prevalence of physical illness amongst mental health service users is higher than amongst the...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health care beds in the independent sector have been occupied by NHS patients on average in the last five years, broken down by (a) number...

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) East Sussex and (b) England are waiting for MRI scans; and what the longest time is that a patient has had to wait for an MRI...

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his plans to provide additional MRI scanning capacity in East Sussex.

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used in deciding which treatments are referred to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

      National Miminum Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the formal status is of the national minimum standards of the National Care Standards Commission.

      National Service Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he intends to publish the National Service Framework for long-term conditions; (2) if he will provide additional ring-fenced funding for the...

      Needlestick Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the introduction of safer devices to reduce the risk of needlestick injury in the NHS.

      NHS Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much accrued to the NHS from charges on non-UK citizens for treatment in the NHS in each of the last five years.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what statistics his Department has collected on the availability of NHS dentistry in each year since 1997; if he will make a statement on the level of...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of NHS Direct staff has a clinical role.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases have been dealt with by NHS Direct; how many calls have been abandoned; how many call centres have closed; how many call centres are...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average monthly running costs of NHS Direct have been over the last six months; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS National Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what cost-benefit analyses have been carried out as part of the initial work of the NHS National Programme projects.

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria the National Institute for Clinical Excellence uses to decide when to look at new treatments in between their particular class appraisals.

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide the National Institute for Clinical Excellence with extra funds (a) to carry out more appraisals and (b) to issue interim guidance on...

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is being given to funders to ensure that new medical treatments that are class compatible with the National Institute for Clinical...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many learning disability specialist nurses are employed in each primary care trust; (2) what the ratio is of specialist learning disability...

      Older People (Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the definition of a stroke unit in relation to the milestones within the National Service Framework for Older People.

      Overseas Treatment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 9 June 2003, Official Report, column 692W, on overseas treatment, how many further operations have been carried out abroad under...

      Patient Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the proposed statutory patient and public involvement forums in England are served by local network providers who are insolvent.

      Patient Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will determine which applicants will be selected to serve on each patient and public involvement forum.

      Patient Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications have been received for each patient and public involvement forum.

      Patient Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure that (a) organisations given contracts to organise patients' forums and (b) the members of patients' forums (i) have...

      Patient Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patient forums are in place; and how many members have been appointed.

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Truro and St Austell of 6th February 2003, Official Report, column 450W, on performance targets, how...

      Personal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to reassess the means test limit for personal care costs.

      Pressure Ulcers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of pressure ulcers occurring in the NHS in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority, in each of the last six...

      Psychiatric Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) in-patients and (b) in-patient beds there are in psychiatric hospitals in England and Wales; how many individuals serving prison sentences...

      Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff were given smallpox vaccine in 2002–03; and how many suffered ill-effects as a result of the immunisations.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 6 October 2003, Official Report, column 1351W, on social services, how the figure published in paragraph 2.79 of the Chief...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the average waiting time of those waiting for a scan after a suspected stroke; and if he will make a statement on waiting times for these...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the research his Department has commissioned on the cost of (a) treating and (b) caring for patients who have had a stroke.

      Valuing People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures within Valuing People are aimed at children; and what plans he has to expand its remit.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the clinical areas where the NHS in London has longer (a) waiting lists and (b) waiting times than the national average.

      Systemic Neglect (NHS Hospitals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of systemic neglect have been reported by users at NHS hospitals in (a) England and (b) Shropshire in each of the last five years for which...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for hearing assessments for (a) patients under 60 and (b) patients over 60, broken down by primary care trust, was in the...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will revoke the application of the European Working Time Directive as it applies to the healthcare profession.

  • House of Lords

    • North/South Language Implementation Body: Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the budget for 2003 for both sections of the Language Implementation Body; and how it compares with the budget for 2002.

    • Northern Ireland: Public Sector Pension Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost, for each of the last three years, of the six largest public sector pension schemes in Northern Ireland in terms of: (a) total employees'...

      East Belfast: Holywood Arches Pedestrian Crossing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to create a pedestrian crossing at the heart of the Holywood Arches area in East Belfast.

      Killinchy: Sewage Disposal Works

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the revised timetable for applications for planning permission for the sewage disposal works at Killinchy, County Down; and when it is planned to complete...

      Special European Union Programmes Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8 September (WA 8), why proportionality of the Special European Union Programmes Body was taken into...

      North/South Ministerial Council:Business Plan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who developed and approved the business plan for the North/South Ministerial Council; what are the objectives of the council; which body monitors them; and whether...

      North/South Implementation Bodies: Budgets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they discuss with the Government of Eire the budgets for North/South Implementation Bodies but not the issue of proportionality of contributors; and, if...

      Northern Ireland: Nomenclature

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 29 October (WA 39) concerning the incorrect title given to Northern Ireland by the North/South Ministerial...

      Northern Ireland Commission for Employment Tribunals: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 4 November (WA 88), what is the recruitment process for the president, vice-president and chairmen of the...

      Northern Ireland Assembly: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the announcement of elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly on 26 November 2003 will prevent communication between officials from the Northern Ireland...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 17 June (WA 87) concerning the budget of the Ulster-Scots Agency for 2003, whether the only consideration...

      Northern Ireland Legislation: Religious Discrimination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What legislation has been enacted for Northern Ireland since 1 January 1998 which has discriminated against anyone on the grounds of religion.

      Northern Ireland: Civil Service Smoking Chambers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What legal advice they have received about their actions in creating 144 smoking chambers for the civil service in Northern Ireland; and whether they are liable...

      Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the mission statement for the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure for the years 2003 and 2004; whether it includes the concept of...

      Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the employment of the economists in the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure costs per year; whether, as a unit of staff, they have...

      Northern Ireland: Employment and Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether under equality law in Northern Ireland a potential employer is permitted to ask an applicant for a job if he or she is a smoker; if not, why; and whether...

      North/South Ministerial Council: Equality of Status

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under the arrangements for the North/South Ministerial Council, whether the departments of the Government of Eire are given equal status to the government...

      IRA Terrorism: Libyan-supplied Weapons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 8 October (WA 61), whether Libyan-supplied weapons have been used by the IRA, if so, in...

      Northern Ireland: Devolution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether devolution of central government functions in Northern Ireland to elected representatives or institutions can be achieved by secondary legislation, or...

      Zimbabwe: Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by the Lord President on 10 November (HL Deb, col. 1088), on what basis they are able to claim that no irregularities have been detected...

      Zimbabwe: Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by the Lord President on 10 November (HL Deb, cols. 1085–88), what processes are in place to monitor the impartial delivery of food aid...

      Guantanamo Bay: Judicial Procedures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 3 November (WA 67–68), whether the Attorney-General, in discussions with the United...

      Law Officers' Advice: Disclosure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Attorney-General on 6 November (WA 128–129), whether the study by Edwards, the Attorney-General, Politics and the...

      Law Officers' Advice: Disclosure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Attorney-General on 6 November (WA 128–129), whether Erskine May, Parliamentary Practice is correct in stating that the...

      Mr Hadi Soleimanpour: Order to Proceed

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the reasons given to the Bow Street Magistrates' Court that led them to extend the date by which a decision must be reached as to the issue of an Order...

      Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001: Detention of Foreign Nationals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many foreign nationals have been detained under Part IV of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.

      Armed Forces Pension Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What benefits will be payable when the planned changes to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme take effect in 2005 to war widows aged 70 or over who are: (a) pre-1973...

      Gulf War 1990–91: Vaccines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 6 November (WA 140) and given their disclosures on 9 October of shortcomings in medical record-keeping during and...

      Health and Safety Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether additional funding is being sought by the Health and Safety Commission; and whether an increase in the numbers of inspectors and the amount of preventive...

      Health and Safety Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of reference of the Health and Safety Commission in respect of (a) road transport, (b) rail transport; and (c) other industry sectors; and what...

      Disabled People: Employment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they offer any programme, addressed specifically to the needs of disabled people, in order to assist them in finding employment.

      Licensing Act 2003

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will lay before Parliament the secondary legislation under the Licensing Act 2003 on (a) the procedures to be followed in making an application for a...

      Licensing Act 2003

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional funds they are allocating to local authorities in order for them to discharge their functions under the Licensing Act 2003.

      Licensing Act 2003

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recommendations they will make to local authorities with regard to how much they should charge applicants for (a) a premises licence; (b) a club premises...

      Public Schools: Charitable Status and Tax Relief

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the annual tax relief for public schools with charitable status in the last financial year.

      Export of Cultural Objects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will be laying under the Export Control Act 2002 (i) an order relating to the export of cultural objects and (ii) guidance about the exercising of...

      Newspapers and Periodicals: Resale Price Maintenance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the law relating to the prohibition of resale price maintenance applies to the retail sale of newspapers and periodicals.

      EU Working Time Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposed European Union regulation to remove an individual's right to opt out of the Working Time Directive envisages the exclusion of certain groups...

      Manufacturing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to address the current fall in output in the manufacturing industry.

      Primary Care Practices: List Size

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the July census date for general practitioner practices disadvantages general practitioners who operate student health services on or near campuses, given...

      Hunting Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 18 September (HL Deb, col. 1066) that "attempts were made to reach a consensus. This House rejected an elected...

      Better Regulation Task Force Report: Independent Regulators

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that there is a need for 108 independent regulators, as identified by the Better Regulation Task Force report, Independent Regulators.

      Ministers: Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What training is provided for senior Ministers in (a) the structure and administration of government; and (b) the constitutional framework and principles within...

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