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Written answers

Thursday, 20 November 2003

  • Minister for Women

    • Working Time Directive

      To ask the Minister for Women what recent assessment she has made of the implications of the Working Time Directive on women's employment.

  • Leader of the House

    • Party Funding

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent discussions he has had with the Electoral Commission on the inquiry into the funding of political parties; and if he will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Contingencies Secretariat

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on the recent work of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat.

    • Lord Birt

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on the contribution made by Lord Birt to the Cabinet Office Strategy Board.

  • Scotland

    • Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Scottish Executive in relation to the introduction of identity cards.

  • Prime Minister

    • Arctic Veterans

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Nottingham, North (Mr. Allen), on 5 November 2003, what procedure the request for medals for Arctic veterans has undergone,...

    • Presidential Elections (USA)

      To ask the Prime Minister if it is his policy to remain neutral on the outcome of presidential elections in the United States of America.

      State Visit

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the representations he has received from organisations in the United States regarding the forthcoming visit of US President Bush, with particular...

      War Criminals

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his actions to seek to persuade the President of the United States to bring captured senior Saddam supporters to trial, with particular reference to...

  • Solicitor-General

    • ASBOs

      To ask the Solicitor-General what guidance the Crown Prosecution Service in Merseyside has provided to the Merseyside police in relation to antisocial behaviour orders; and who is responsible for...

    • Conviction Rates

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the conviction rate was for prosecutions under (a) a designated public places order and (b) the model bye-law for an on-street drinking ban in each year since...

      Corruption Legislation

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether she has refused consent for any investigations or prosecutions to be carried out under corruption legislation.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on prosecutions under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 of people who have employed illegal immigrants.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General (1) when she will reply to the written questions, tabled by the hon. Member for Portsmouth South on 14 October 2003, refs (a) 131900, (b) 131901 and (c) 131902; (2)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC Charter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received on the renewal of the BBC Charter; and if she will make a statement.

    • Crystal Palace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with (a) Sport England and (b) relevant local and other authorities on the future of Crystal Palace...

      Ethical Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action the Government is taking to support ethical tourism schemes.

      Golf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funds are available to develop young golfers through municipal golf courses.

      Leisure Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what initiatives she has discussed to improve access to leisure facilities in disadvantaged communities.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what fees she will introduce under the Licensing Act 2003; what estimate she has made of the cost of implementing the Act in each of the...

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is on the recovery of Lottery funding from projects awarded grants which subsequently fail.

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether Lottery distributors monitor the performance of successful Lottery bids against the criteria under which they were granted.

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Lottery funding has been recovered from failed Lottery projects in each of the past five years for which figures are available,...

      Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) market research in the last financial year; and if she will make a statement.

      Meridian Station (New Hythe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement about the future of the Meridian station in New Hythe.

      Millennium Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment is undertaken of the use made of successful Millennium Fund bids; (2) what assessment is undertaken of the...

      NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on services provided to her Department by NM Rothschild since 1997.

      Olympic Bid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total cost to public funds was of running the competition for a logo for the UK Olympic bid for London 2012.

      Performance Monitoring

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

      Performance Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the performance targets that (a) her Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to...

      Prime Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had since July with leaders of sporting bodies which are not in the list of 10 for prime funding with public...

      Television Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the dates of meetings she and her officials have had with representatives of (a) the advertising industry, (b)...

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) for what reason the Television Licensing Authority collects six months' money in advance from TV licence holders who opt to pay...

      Women's Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research has been commissioned by her Department into the gender balance of television sports coverage; and if she will make a...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what legal advice is made available to asylum seekers.

    • House Repossessions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many house repossessions there have been in each region per quarter since 2000.

      Magistrates (Wales)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the members of Advisory Committees for the appointment of magistrates in Wales.

      Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will require Government Departments to lay before Parliament each month from 1 January 2004 a written statement...

      Consultants

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost to his Department was of the use of external consultants in (a) 2002–03 and (b) the last six months.

      Crown Immunity

      To ask the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on the impact of (a) the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and (b) human rights...

      Departmental Expenditure (Official Residences)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential...

      Electronic Voting

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what meetings he has had with manufacturers of electronic voting machines.

      Gender Recognition Certificates

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the impact on a marriage where one person is granted a full gender recognition...

      House Sales

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many house sales there were at more than (a) £50,001, (b) £100,001, (c) £200,001, (d) £500,001,...

      Lord Chancellor

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many responses he received to the "Constitutional Reform: Reforming the Office of the Lord Chancellor" consultation...

      Magistrates (Wales)

      To ask the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the declared political allegiance of magistrate benches in Wales was in the last year for which...

      Market Research

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much the Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) market research in the last financial year; and if he will...

      Office for the Supervision of Solicitors

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the rate of throughput of cases in the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors.

  • International Development

    • Overseas Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of European Community overseas development assistance has gone to low income countries in each of the last 10 years.

    • Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries have been the top five recipients of (a) UK and (b) EU food aid in 2003; what tonnages of food each received, broken...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of pregnant women aged between 15 and 24 years in sub-Saharan Africa suffered from HIV/AIDS in the last year for which...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the prevalence rates of HIV infection were in vulnerable groups in Asia in each of the last 10 years.

      Illiteracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on illiteracy in developing countries in (a) 1980, (b) 1990 and (c) 2000.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to his answer of 1 September 2003, to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West (John Barrett), Official Report, column 809W, if he...

      Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the follow-up action taken by the countries which have completed poverty reduction strategy papers.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of primary age children enrolled in primary school in Asia in each of the last 10 years.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the ratio of girls to boys enrolled in primary school in Asia has been in the last 10 years.

  • Home Department

    • Air Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of violent crime involving air guns there have been in each of the past 20 years; and how many (a) fatalities and (b)...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were issued with fines for vandalism in each year since 1997; what proportion of fines have been paid; and what proposals he...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional resources will be available to the police to enable them to implement the provision of the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill, with...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on procedures in place for dealing with unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people applied for asylum in the UK in each of the last 15 years; (2) if he will make a statement on the extent of the...

      Children Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action has been taken by (a) his Department and (b) the Prison Service following the recent judicial review finding that the Children...

      Cleveland Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inquests were outstanding in the jurisdiction of the Cleveland Coroner in (a) July, (b) August, (c) September and (d) October.

      Cleveland Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inquests in the jurisdiction of the Cleveland Coroner were heard in (a) August, (b) September and (c) October by the (i) coroner,...

      Cleveland Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the salaries are of (a) the Cleveland Coroner, (b) his deputy and (c) his assistant deputy.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many consultants are employed by each agency for which his Department is responsible.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply in full to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes dated 29 July concerning Mrs. Mary Williams of Brixham, South Devon.

      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 8 September, with regard to Mr.Yacob Yonis.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will respond to the letter of 22 April 2002 from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood on behalf of Omar Mohammed Waiss,...

      Crime (International Co-operation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to improve international co-operation on tackling crime; and what assessment he has made of the benefits of such...

      Crime Statistics (Avon and Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many burglaries there were in (a) Avon and Somerset constabulary and (b) Bath and North East Somerset Basic Command Unit in (i)...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what procedures are applicable for undertaking a Criminal Records Bureau check for people coming from abroad to work in the health and...

      Curfew Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 28 October, on curfew orders, Official Report, column 178W, when he will be able to provide the equivalent figures...

      David Blaine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the costs to public funds were of the recent actions of Mr. Blaine.

      Deaths in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaths in custody of prisoners below the age of 20 years there were in each of the last 30 years.

      Drug Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what changes there have been in the aftercare of those released from prison receiving treatment for a drug dependency in the last 12...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 10 November 2003, Official Report, column 100W, on drugs, what percentage of (a) male and (b) female prisoners have...

      Dungavel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to vary the terms of contract between Premier Group and his Department in respect of the administration of Dungavel...

      Durban Programme of Action Seminar

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) at what level the Government will be represented at the seminar on implementing the Durban Programme of Action convened by the UN High...

      Economic Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will hold regular public consultations on the subject of economic migration.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders have been electronically tagged as part of their licence conditions under section 62 of the Criminal Justice and Court...

      Emergency Calls (Police Response Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) target and (b) maximum response times are for the police to attend emergencies following 999 calls.

      Essex Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many additional police officers were employed by Essex police, for the Crime Fighting Fund on 1 September; (2) how many regular...

      Ethnic Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many new staff were employed by the Prison Service in England and Wales during 2002 as (a) governors, (b) prison officers and (c)...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether all the companies exhibiting equipment covered by the Firearms Acts at the Defence Systems Equipment International Exhibition in...

      Football Hooliganism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken to close UK-based websites promoting hooligan behaviour at football grounds.

      Graffiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions his Department has had with utility companies on measures to tackle graffiti on street furniture owned by those companies.

      Heroin Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered heroin addicts there were in the West Midlands in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by local...

      Homophobic Incitement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to his noble Friend's answer of 18 December 2002, House of Lords, Official Report, column 124WA, what plans he has to take...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his proposal to require all foreigners in the UK to have identification cards in four years after the start of the scheme will...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the responses received to the Government's consultation exercise on entitlement cards and identity fraud were from Northern...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the Members and applicant states of the European Union where a system of obligatory identity cards is part of domestic law;...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on whether, subsequent to the coming into effect of the proposed EU constitution, presentation of a national identity card...

      Illegal Employment Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prosecutions have been brought under section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 in each year since its introduction; and...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what action he is taking to assess the number of people illegally present in the UK; (2) what measures are in place to deal with the...

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) recorded and (b) estimated levels of (i) immigration supported by a work permit, (ii) immigration of dependants, (iii)...

      International Drugs Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is being done to combat the international drugs trade, particularly that emanating from countries of concern; and if he will make a...

      IT Workers (Fast-track Visas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make it his policy to ensure that information technology workers entering the UK from outside the EU, facilitated by a Fast...

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will increase the number of officers in the Metropolitan Police sufficiently to ensure that the Borough of Wandsworth has more police...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisons he has visited in (a) the last three months, (b) the last six months and (c) the last year.

      Multiple Murder Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted for multiple murders in each of the last 30 years.

      NM Rothschild and Son Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on services provided to his Department by NM Rothschilds since 1997.

      Nuisance Neighbours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what community initiatives are under discussion for the elimination of the problem of nuisance neighbours.

      On-street Drinking Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he gives to local authorities on the best method for implementing a city-wide on-street drinking ban.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the question of 18 September from the hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon on the research into the potential...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the question from the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington, tabled on 14 October 2003, reference 132690.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) dangerous and (b) non-dangerous prisoners applied for parole in 2002–03; (2) how many individuals have been...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to proceed with changes to the requirements placed upon applicants for new passports only when the proposals...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have refused to pay fees for (a) applications for variation of leave and (b) endorsing passports since August; and if he will...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the population holds a passport.

      Pay and Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) staff turnover and (b) staffing levels at the Bootle headquarters of the Home Office Pay and Pension Service were in each...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason there has not been an inflationary increase in the special rural grant in Police Authority funding; and if he will rectify...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what amount of central government grant per head was paid to each police authority in England in the last financial year for which figures...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the sources of funding are for police community support officers in Cambridgeshire; and how much funding is being received from each...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the (a) establishment figure and (b) actual figure for the Kent Police Force Area was in each of the last five years broken down...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in each of the police authorities in Wales in each of the last 24 years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of each reorganisation of the police service since 1977.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what advice his Department offers constabularies in relation to response times to 999 calls; (2) if he will make a statement on...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many minor crimes were reported through (a) the www.online.police.uk website and (b) individual police force websites in the last year...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps the Prison Service is taking to (a) ensure that all prisoners have a healthy and balanced diet and (b) provide information...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on (a) education and (b) cognitive behavioural therapy in prisons in each of the last six years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many part-time prison officers were employed by Her Majesty's Prison Service in Essex on 1 September.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the shortfall in prison officers in high security prisons; and what measures he is taking to increase...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2003, Official Report, columns 437–38W, on prisoners, (1) how many of the prisoners were women,...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have retired from the Prison Service for reasons of age, in each year since 1992; and what he estimates the figure will be...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people convicted of multiple murder have been released from prison in each of the last 30 years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prisons in England and Wales provide detoxification programmes for alcohol-misusing prisoners; (2) how many prisoners with...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of hours out-of-cell women of 18 years or younger received each day in prison, in the last year for which figures are...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the recommended minimum number of hours out of cell is for (a) men in prison and (b) young men in young offender institutions; and what...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those of Her Majesty's Prisons where visitors have to wait outside the prison gates before being allowed inside.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places on drug rehabilitation programmes are available in each prison in (a) London and (b) England and Wales.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the minimum safe ratio for prison officers to prisoners is in each category of prison.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unfilled positions there were in the Prison Service in each month since May; and by what percentage each prison affected is understaffed.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the (1) Home Department how many television sets there were in each of the last five years in prisons; and what proportion operated with stand-by units; (2)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total prisons budget was for each year since 1995; and what the prisons spending forecast is for each year up to 2009.

      Public Places Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what challenges have been made to the validity of prosecutions for infringement of a designated public places order.

      Radio Frequency Identifier Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the police on the use of radio frequency identifier devices.

      Rape Crisis Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about his Department's decision to cease funding the Rape Crisis Federation.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there were in England and Wales for each year since 1997, broken down by police force.

      State Visit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many policemen based in Croydon have deployed to police the state visit of President Bush.

      Strip Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many children have been forcibly strip searched in each of the juvenile prisons in (a) 2003 and (b) 2002; and for what reason; (2)...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stop and searches under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 have been carried out since demonstrations began at RAF Fairford; what...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has received on the number of successful prosecutions to date of those involved in the 11 September terrorist attacks.

      Violent Partner Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the proposed register of violent partners will be administered; and if he will make a statement.

      Visa Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the statement by the Under-Secretary of State of 22 October 2003, Official Report, column. 313WH, on visa charges, which...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits in each month since January 2001 were (a) applied for and (b) granted.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders in young offender institutions are in overcrowded cells.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many youth offenders in each of the last five years have been transferred to another penal institution during the last three months of...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many girls aged under 25 are serving sentences in each (a) prison, (b) young offender institution and (c) local authority secure unit.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders from Wales were in penal institutions in (a) Wales and (b) England at the latest date for which figures are...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children in Feltham Young Offenders Institution have been placed in the segregation unit since January; and for how long.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children in Stoke Heath Young Offenders Institution have been placed in the segregation unit since January; and for how long.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people from each local unitary authority in Wales were in young offenders' institutions in each of the past 20 years.

  • Wales

    • Bechtel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the contracts for consultancy and other work carried out by Bechtel in each year after 1997 by the Welsh Office, stating in each case (a)...

    • Bechtel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the contracts for consultancy and other work carried out by Bechtel for agencies responsible to his Department or its predecessor in year...

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the level of burglary was in Wales in 1997; what it was in 2002; and if he will make a statement.

      Drug Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on his co-ordinated plans with the Welsh Assembly to tackle drug abuse in Wales.

      Examination Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average grade at (a) GCSE and (b) A-level in Wales was in 2002; and what the results were in England.

      Free Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list those medical conditions which allow free prescriptions to be claimed.

      Free Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) free and (b) charged for prescriptions were issued in each year since 1997.

      Free Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many free prescriptions to the chronically ill were issued in each year since 1997.

      Gun Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many incidences of gun crime there were in Wales in 2002; how many there were in 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Manufactured Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary on the level of imports of manufactured goods into Wales.

      NHS (Capital Expenditure)

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much capital expenditure there has been in the NHS in Wales in each of the last five years; and how much of that was attributable to...

      Top-up Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on higher education top-up fees in Wales.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has for reducing waiting times for NHS treatment in Wales.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rural Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) Countryside Agency and (b) Rural Development Service employees will transfer to other government employment...

    • Rural Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how she proposes that the independent role played by English Nature will be maintained under the proposals of the rural...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of whether the UK will meet its recycling targets for 2005.

      Dairy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the dairy industry.

      Dairy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she will take to increase the farmgate price of milk for British dairy farmers.

      Dairy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the dairy industry.

      Dairy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the dairy industry.

      Transport (Environmental Impact)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Department for Transport on the environmental impacts from transport.

      Sheep

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the European Commission's proposals on sheep identification.

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the representations she has received from farming interest groups concerning the review of...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the sea fish species whose stocks have increased in UK waters since the institution of the European common...

      Gangmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) to what extent legislation applies to undocumented gangmaster-provided labour in the agricultural, horticultural and...

      Gangmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many gangmasters operate within the agricultural, horticultural and first-line food processing industries in the UK; and...

      Habitats Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the regulatory impact of the UK regime for administering the Habitats Directive.

      Beef Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what compensation has been offered to UK farmers as a consequence of the unauthorised ban on British beef imports to France;...

      "A" Rated Appliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will respond to the letter of 24 October from the Chief Executive of the Radio, Electrical and Television Retailers'...

      Abattoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice and assistance will be given to small abattoirs to meet health and safety standards in the next two years.

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what grants are available to (a) dairy, (b) arable, (c) sheep, (d) beef, (e) poultry and (f) pig farmers in the Chorley...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on grants given by regional development agencies for agricultural shows in (a) England and (b)...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the grant given to the Royal Lancashire Agricultural Society by the North West Development...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcome was of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 17th November; what the Government's stance was on the...

      Air Quality (Heathrow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has commissioned into air quality in the Heathrow area; and if she will publish the findings.

      American Ships (Decommissioning)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date Able UK applied to her Department for (a) a dredging licence and (b) a licence to build a protective bund for a...

      Atlantic Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what data her Department has collated on the salinity of the seawater of the North East Atlantic Ocean over the last 20 year...

      Atrazine (Maize)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the results were of the Farm Scale Evaluation trials in respect of conventional maize crops in the 17 per cent. of cases...

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action has been taken to prevent recolonisation of badger setts after clearance of TB-infected badgers in Krebs reactive...

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what procedures are carried out in respect of badger setts from which TB-infected badgers have been removed.

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what radius was adopted to describe the area designated for badger culls in (a) the Krebs proactive and reactive culling...

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research the Department has commissioned on the use of anaesthesia in badger setts prior to lethal gassing.

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many badgers have been subject to post-mortem examination for TB in England in the past 10 years; how many were TB...

      Barn Owls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from the Highways Agency on implementing the recommendations in its Biodiversity Action...

      Barn Owls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to implement changes in agricultural policy to improve the (a) quantity and (b) quality of barn owl...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from which organisations the Department takes advice on the control of TB in cattle.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the estimated population of badgers in England was between 1973 and 1980; and what the estimate is for 2003; (2)...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice the Department have given to farmers on keeping closed herds.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether perturbation becomes a significant factor in the spread of TB to cattle where there has been incomplete clearance of...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what actions are required of dairy farmers in respect of their premises following removal of (a) TB reactor and (b) infected...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what class of pathogen bovis is.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the likely incidence of TB breakdown in cattle in Krebs reactive areas, if 100 per cent....

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether cattle-to-cattle transmission of TB has occurred in the Krebs reactive trial area.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the OIE limit of the incidence of TB in cattle necessary to maintain TB-free status trading...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of registered cattle herds in the UK are under TB restriction.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many carcases produced from cows not reported as TB reactors originating from farms in England were found to be positive...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) standard, (b) upper level, (c) lower level and (d) average payment made for bovine TB compensation was for (i)...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the potential effects of climate change on British agriculture.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will increase climate change agreement targets for companies not involved in the EU Emissions Trading scheme.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to increase combined heat and power generation.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures the Government has put in place in enable dairy farmers to add value to their products.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government has sought to amend EC Regulation 2597/97 in accordance with the Milk Task Force recommendations of...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government supports decoupling of the dairy sector in 2005.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets the Government has set for (a) levels of production and (b) the number of producers in dairy farming.

      Darwin Mounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of measures to protect the Darwin Mounds.

      Dog Identification Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the tattooing of dogs for identification purposes.

      Egg Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume in tonnes of (a) shelled eggs and (b) whole egg powder was imported into the United Kingdom in the last 10 years...

      Energy Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to encourage households to reduce their energy consumption.

      Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if her Department will take into account in the Regulatory Impact Assessment of the EU REACH proposals the economic benefits...

      Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the DTI/Defra Joint Environmental Markets Unit is consulted when her Department carries out regulatory impact...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the EU Joint Meetings of the Management and/or Regulatory Committee in the...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the EU Committee for the adaptation to scientific and technical progress of the...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Equatorial Guinea), (b) the Fisheries Joint...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Guinea Bissau), (b) the Fisheries Joint...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Poland), (b) the Fisheries Joint Committee...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Guinea), (b) the Fisheries Joint Committee...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Latvia), (b) the Fisheries Joint Committee...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the Fisheries Joint Committee (EEC-Mauritius), (b) the Fisheries Joint...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the Eco-label Regulatory Committee, (b) the EU Advisory Committee on Veterinary...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the Animal Nutrition Section of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the Management Committee of the common organisation of agricultural markets for...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the EU Committee for the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the EU Management Committee of the common organisations of agricultural markets...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the EU Advisory Committee for the implementation of the directive on the...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the EU Management Committees of the common organisations of agricultural...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the EU Joint Meetings of Management and/or Regulatory Committees in the field...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the EU Committee on the implementation of the Directive establishing a...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings of (a) the EU Committee for the adaptation to scientific and technical progress of the...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when (a) the EU Committee on Geographical Indications and Protected Designations of origin for agricultural products and...

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) percentage and (b) volume of material was recycled by each EU country under the terms of the EU Packaging Directive...

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of the total volume of packaging used by the fast food industry in each of the last 10 years...

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on the fallen stock scheme.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the costs of administration for farmers in real terms in each of the last four years.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what major fish stocks which are closed to UK vessels remain open to other countries' vessels; and what the quota levels of...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has briefed United Kingdom MEPs on the European Parliament Fisheries Committee on her strategy to decouple cod...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the European Commission's announcement on 11 November that it has opened formal infringement...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultations with the industry she has had on the issue of decoupling cod from other whitefish species.

      Food Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responsibilities her Department has in relation to parliamentary consideration of proposals for the regulation of food.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many emergency purchase orders were issued by her Department and the former Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food...

      GM Oilseed Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the future growing of GM oilseed rape safe for the production of biodiesel.

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance has been issued in the last five years on remediation of sites containing potentially hazardous waste.

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans she has to discuss with the Deputy Prime Minister measures to prevent planning applications for landfill...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on delays to the issuing of hazardous waste criteria.

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when the hazardous waste regulations will be made available; (2) what provisions will be in place by July 2004 to...

      Landfill Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 10 June 2003, Official Report, column 726W, on landfill sites, if she will place an updated list of...

      Marine Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Environment Agency has an independent working computer model of the hydrographic regime of the inshore waters of...

      Marine Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on the level of algal blooms in Liverpool Bay; (2) what the locations are of algae blooms...

      Marine Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on co-operation between the United Kingdom Government and the Irish Government on monitoring...

      Marine Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the programme of continuous plankton recording around the British Isles.

      Marine Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to reduce the nitrate levels in (a) streams and (b) lakes.

      Marine Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many incidents of illegal dumping of dredged material have been recorded off the North Wales coast in each of the last 30...

      Marine Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBS) on the marine environment in the Irish Sea...

      Marine Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of the quantities of (a) synthetic chemicals, (b) mercury, (c) cadmium, (d) lead, (e) zinc,...

      Marine Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of monitoring pollution levels in the Irish Sea was in each of the past 30 years.

      Marine Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has evaluated on the potential health risks of foam and sludge deposits left by Phacosystic...

      Marine Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total tonnage of sewage sludge dumped in Liverpool Bay was in each of the past 30 years.

      Marine Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether information on marine pollution collected by (a) the Environment Agency, (b) her Department and (c) local authorities...

      Marine Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the (a) statutory and (b) non-statutory bodies which have monitored pollution levels in the Irish Sea in...

      Marine Resources (EU Competence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assurances she has (a) sought and (b) received about the effect of the proposed exclusive competence of the EU over...

      Market Research

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

      Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) market research in the last financial year; and if she will make...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the average price of milk for each month for the last five years at (a) farm gate, (b) processor and (c)...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had in the last year with (a) farming representatives, (b) producers and (c) retailers on milk prices.

      Mothers (Return to Work)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) representations and (b) discussions he has had in the last 12 months on increasing opportunities for mothers to return to the...

      National Environment Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the national environment campaigns promoted by the Government since 1997, providing at today's prices the...

      NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on services provided to her Department by NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd. since 1997.

      Off-road Trail Biking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the environmental impact of off-road trail biking on roads used as public paths.

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the last confirmed outbreak was of ring rot of potatoes in the UK.

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the arrangements are for testing for ring rot in potatoes.

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contingency plans her Department has made for an outbreak of ring rot in potatoes.

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements are in place for compensating producers of potatoes infected with ring rot who have complied fully with...

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the robustness of the testing methodology for ring rot in imported potatoes.

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the contingency arrangements for dealing with potato ring rot.

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of (a) visual inspection and (b) other means in ensuring that consignments...

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the risk of cross contamination to other seed potatoes following the recent outbreak of ring rot.

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what additional seed inspection procedures have been put in place following the recent outbreak of ring rot at (a) domestic...

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures were taken to quarantine (a) the farm of Mr. John Morgan and (b) the four other farms to which he has sent seed...

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research the Department has commissioned on the development of a bactericide for the elimination of ring rot in the past...

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual value of the potato crop produced in the UK was in the last year for which figures are available, at farmgate...

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average annual tonnage of seed potatoes (a) exported from the UK to and (b) imported into the UK from all sources...

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government has made of the prevalence of ring rot in Europe and North America.

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice the Government have sought from (a) European and (b) North American governments on the handling of ring rot.

      Poultry Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume in tonnes of poultry meat was imported into the UK in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available;...

      Sea Salinity Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of (a) the effect on the Gulf Stream Conveyer Belt of a fall in water salinity in the...

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people from science and technology backgrounds have been seconded into the Civil Service in her Department in each...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual emissions were of radioactive liquid discharges from Sellafield of (a) tritium, (b) carbon 14, (c) zinc-65,...

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in what condition each site of special scientific interest (SSSI) was in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority...

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many new areas of sites of special scientific interest she plans to designate in the next (a) two and (b) five years;...

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which sites of special scientific interest are under threat from (a) damage to their ecological status, (b) a reduction in...

      Synthetic Oestrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to (a) reduce levels of synthetic oestrogen in river water and (b) prevent the metamorphosis of male...

      US Warships (Disposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the possible risk to wildlife in the special protection areas of Teesmouth and the Cleveland...

      US Warships (Disposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responsibilities lie with (a) the Environment Agency, (b) the Port Authority, (c) the US Administration and (d) Able UK...

      Warm Front

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many households are eligible for (a) Warm Front and (b) Warm Front Plus grants; and how many additional households...

      Warm Front

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much was spent through the Warm Front schemes in each constituency in the last financial year; (2) how many...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of whether proposals by Essex County Council for waste disposal comply with Government guidance...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation she will undertake with local authorities in advance of the implementation of European Union directives on...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made by the delivery team set up by her Department in May on the implementation of the sustainable...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to increase her Department's (a) detection and (b) prosecution of illegal waste activities.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the money collected in fines by her Department for waste-related offences has been retained by her Department.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are being implemented to include schoolchildren in community recycling schemes.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the landfill tax to reach the rate of £35 per tonne.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the regulatory guidance notes on end of life vehicle permitting will be issued to vehicle salvage and dismantling companies.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made towards the target of 85 per cent. re-use and recovery by weight of end of life vehicles.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the availability of funding for the development of new technologies for waste management schemes.

      Water Budget Payment Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in each region of England have water budget payment units.

      Watercourse Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance the Government issue to drainage boards in relation to the removal of silt following the European Waste...

      Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the content and design of her Department's website.

      Winemaking Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the English winemaking industry.

  • Defence

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether steps have been taken to require that troops of the occupying power in Iraq do not have sexual intercourse with Iraqi women; and if he will make...

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 15 September 2003, Official Report, columns 587–88W, on Iraq, if he will list those countries that now have military...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what requests UK authorities have received from Iraqi (a) officials and (b) civilians for assistance for Iraqi security forces to stop illegal oil...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal attacks there have been on UK army personnel serving in Iraq since the conclusion of military conflict; and if he...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce the findings of the inquiry into the deaths on 24 June 2003 of members of the Royal Military Police in Iraq; and if he will...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the lessons the Department has drawn from the recent Iraq conflict regarding (a) logistics, (b) equipment and (c) food...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Iraqis have been (a) killed and (b) injured in violent incidents involving other Iraqis since first of May in the provinces of (i) Basra City...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much (a) weaponry and (b) explosives have been seized by British forces in Iraq since 1 May, broken down by type.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which instruments of (a) international humanitarian law and (b) human rights law have been recognised by the Government as governing the use of force by...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) civilian and (b) industrial infrastructure reconstruction programmes undertaken by his Department in Iraq, including the (i)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK civilians are working for defence contractors in Iraq; for whom they are working; in which areas of Iraq they are working; what risk...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on planned future force numbers in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Order of Battle for British forces in Iraq is.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list by date of meeting the companies with which he has discussed the release of employees for reserve service in connection with Operation...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the UK armed forces have been (a) killed and (b) injured in Iraq since the end of the conflict.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will arrange for the texts of arrangements agreed by Coalition Governments in relation to custody of persons captured in the course of the war in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the performance of the United Kingdom armed forces logistical support vehicles in Iraq; and if...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the numbers of UK servicemen returned to the UK with diagnosed conditions of illness since the beginning of military...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British aircraft were lost during the recent conflict in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the war in Iraq has cost.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps have been taken to improve the sharing of information between national contingents at Headquarters, Combined Joint Task Force, in Baghdad.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance was given to US military forces experimenting with weapon systems in the war in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the agreements made by him to assist the US military forces in using experimental weapon systems in the war in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list military operations in Iraq involving (a) British forces and (b) United States forces with Britain's agreement in each month between...

      Maritime Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many maritime wrecks there are in the Bristol Channel; and where they are.

      Public Highways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what circumstances members of HM forces may direct traffic on public highways; and if he will make a statement.

      Accountancy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in 2002–03.

      Acknowledgement Letters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many acknowledgement letters and cards were dispatched by his Department in each year since 1997 for which figures are available; and what the...

      Advanced Jet Trainer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the minute of 29 July concerning the advanced jet trainer project; and if he will make a statement.

      Al Majar Al Kabir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received on the deaths of military policemen at Al Majar Al Kabir in June; and if he will make a statement.

      Armaments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the armaments that can be used against (a) mechanised columns, (b) ammunition storage sites and (c) surface to air missile sites.

      Armed Forces (Harmony Guidelines)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which (a) Infantry, (b) Royal Artillery, (c) Royal Armoured Corps, (d) Royal Engineers and (e) Royal Signals units have not met their harmony...

      Armoured Land Rovers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armoured Land Rovers are deployed with UK forces in Iraq; and whether this will be affected by the Ministry of Defence's decision to sell some...

      Army (Tour Intervals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) Infantry, (b) Royal Artillery, (c) Royal Armoured Corps, (d) Royal Engineers and (e) Royal Signals units have had less than 12 months between...

      Army (Tour Intervals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the present average tour interval is for infantry regiments in the Army.

      Australian Defence Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions there have been between the UK Government and the Australian Government on future strategic tanker and offensive air system...

      C-130J Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of RAF C-130J aircraft had been planned to be out of service in 2003 owing to maintenance; and if he will make a statement.

      C-130J Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what percentage of RAF C-130J aircraft (a) are and (b) have been judged to be below mission readiness owing to chronic engine problems in each...

      Childhood Obesity

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

      Chinook

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Mark 3 Chinooks the RAF has; what their cost to the RAF was in the last year for which figures are available; how many are active; and what the...

      Cluster Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the military strategic value of the use of cluster bombs in future conflicts based on experience in Iraq in the current year.

      Combat Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what help is being given to troops returning to the United Kingdom to cope with combat stress.

      Complaints Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will establish a final appeal panel drawn from people outside the military system, as proposed by the Independent Assessor of Military Complaints...

      Consultancy Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many consultancies were commissioned by his Department in the last two years for which figures are available; and what the cost of those contracts was.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will write to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South regarding his answer of 6 November 2003, Official Report, column 372W, concerning personnel...

      Croatia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the commercial basis was for the payment in 2001 of $6.5 million by his Department in connection with the use of the North Port of Split, Croatia;...

      D-Day Anniversary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many requests for participation in events on fifth to sixth June 2004 have been received by (a) the Royal Air Force Participation Committee and (b)...

      Defence Agencies (Finance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) cash allocation and (b) outturn was for (i) the Warship Support Agency, (ii) the Veterans Agency and (iii) the Defence Science and...

      Defence Agencies (Finance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) cash allocation and (b) outturn was for the Defence Communication Services Agency for financial years 1998–99 to 2002–03;...

      Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) operating cost statement, (b) balance sheet, (c) statement of recognised gains and losses, (d) cash...

      Defence Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what percentage of the defence budget was spent in each of the regions of the United Kingdom (a) in cash terms and (b) as a percentage of the total...

      Defence Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) cash allocation and (b) outturn for the (i) Commander-in-chief Fleet, (ii) General Officer Commanding (Northern Ireland), (iii)...

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) regular and (b) reservist consultants (i) have served with and (ii) are serving with the Defence Medical Services on Operation Telic; and...

      Defence Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set out his policy on defence procurement.

      Defence Stores Management Computer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the abandonment of the Defence Stores Management Computer.

      Defence Training Estate (Civilian Vehicles)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what powers and in what circumstances a civilian vehicle (a) on and (b) off tracks on the Defence Training Estate may be confiscated; and by whom.

      Departmental Staff

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

      EU Directives

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

      European Working Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress with achieving transparency in respect of the European working groups for which his Department is responsible.

      Formation Readiness Cycle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the formation readiness cycle; and whether it has met the delivery aims set out in the Strategic Defence Review.

      Future Aircraft Carrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated date of delivery is of the first ship in the future aircraft carrier project; and in which financial year peak procurement expenditure...

      Future Aircraft Carrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on progress with the future aircraft carrier programme; (2) what changes have been made in the design specifications...

      Future Command Liaison Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Future Rapid Effects System programme on procurement of the Future Command Liaison Vehicle.

      Future Command Liaison Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his written statement of 6 November 2003, Official Report, column 44WS, on Future Command Liaison Vehicle, what armoured vehicle arrangements...

      Future Command Liaison Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to make a decision on the procurement of the second batch of the Future Command Liaison Vehicle.

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many United Kingdom jobs he forecasts will be involved with each of the bidders for the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft contract; and if he will...

      Fylingdales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research he has collated on the health of the population in the vicinity of Fylingdales.

      Gripen Jets (Czech Republic)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings he has held with the Government of the Czech Republic regarding the possible sale of Gripen jets and the Czech decision to buy...

      Gulf Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British personnel are in the Gulf.

      Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of whether Gulf War Syndrome exists; what relevant studies of the issue he has recently assessed; and if he will make...

      Hutton Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his comments before the Hutton Inquiry, what precedent the Permanent Secretary feared would be created in allowing Dr. Kelly to appear...

      Infantry Battalions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to his answer of 13 November 2003, Official Report, column 433W, on infantry battalions, which army battalions have made representations...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's (a) total managed expenditure, (b) total spending on information technology and (c) spending on information technology as a...

      Joint Strike Fighters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many joint strike fighters he intends to deploy on each future aircraft carrier; (2) how many joint strike fighters would need to be purchased...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Kenyan citizens paid compensation by the Department in July 2002 were paid at (a) Kenyan and (b) British compensation rates.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures were used by the Department to investigate the claims of the Kenyan citizens paid compensation in July 2002.

      Life Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field) of 27 October 2003, Official Report, column 6W, on life insurance, how many...

      Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) market research in the last financial year; and if he will make a statement.

      Market Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated level of saving to the Department is from the use of market testing in 2002–03.

      Medical Downgradings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of each service are medically downgraded; what percentage of the trained strength this represents; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the number of (a) United States and (b) United Kingdom military aircraft flying over Scotland since 1 September.

      Military Capabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is his intention that a reduction in the size of the two future aircraft carriers will lead to no diminution of military capability.

      Military Capabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what aspects of the designed capability of (a) Type 45 destroyers, (b) Astute-class submarines and (c) Joint Strike Fighters have been changed since 1998.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 10 November 2003, Official Report, columns 51–52W, on military exercises (cancellation), how many military exercises...

      Military Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many vehicles there are in the manoeuvre and support brigades' fleet; and how many of this fleet are (a) Saxons, (b) Land Rovers, (c) drawn from the...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when since 1 January 1999 Ministers in his Department have held meetings with the Government of Qatar; which Ministers in his Department attended each of...

      MOD Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 22 October 2003, Official Report, column 516W, on the MOD Police, when he proposes to bring into force the provisions of (a)...

      MOD Staff (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's civilian staff were (a) working in and (b) based in Wales in (i) 2002–03 and (ii) 2003–04; and if he will make a...

      MOD Staff (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the changes in Ministry of Defence staff in Wales for each quarter since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      MOD Staff (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff are employed in Wales by (a) his Department and (b) executive agencies responsible to his Department; where these staff are located; and...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost will be to public funds in 2003–04 of the rise in national insurance contributions on the salary bill of his Department.

      Non-lethal Chemical Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list out-of-country missions in the last 20 years when British forces have (a) carried with them and (b) used non-lethal chemical...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the sites on which intermediate level nuclear waste for which his Department is responsible is stored; and what volume is stored on each site.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 30 October 2003, Official Report, column 320W, on weapons of mass destruction, from which parts of the Nuclear...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to the United Kingdom of (a) housing United States nuclear weapons and (b) the planned modernisation of storage...

      Official Properties

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

      Operation Southern Focus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions (a) he and (b) British defence staff had with representatives of the United States on Operation Southern Focus; and when these...

      Operation Telic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what types and quantities of Iraqi chemical and biological warfare protection and detection equipment were recovered by UK forces during Operation Telic;...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the reason for the delay in answering Question No 34033 of Session 2001–02, tabled on 8 February 2002.

      Performance Monitoring

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

      Press Briefings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what guidelines exist for officials in his Department, other than those in the Press Office, when they talk to journalists; (2) at what level in...

      Project Connaught

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the expected proceeds from the sale of land in Aldershot in connection with Project Connaught are; and how much is intended to be reinvested...

      Public Service Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what grades of officials are responsible for the monitoring of progress towards the public service agreement targets of his Department.

      RAF Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidelines have been given to RAF squadrons in respect of the taking of leave over the forthcoming Christmas period; and whether extra days holiday...

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions in each of the last five years (a) the Prime Minister and (b) other ministers of the Crown have flown from RAF Northolt.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people (a) applied to join and (b) were accepted into HM armed forces in each month in 2003; how many were from (a) the UK and (b) Commonwealth...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 10 November 2003, Official Report, column 47W, on Commonwealth recruits, if he will break down the figures for Commonwealth...

      Retention Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will amend Queen's Regulation 9.404 to define the exceptional reasons which would make the retention of a soldier desirable if he has been...

      NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on services provided to his Department by NM Rothschild since 1997.

      Sea King Helicopter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to publish findings from the inquiry into the accidents involving two Royal Naval Sea Kings from RNAS Culdrose at the commencement of...

      Service Manning Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on reasons for the reduction in manning requirement for the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Air Force since 1998.

      Service Personnel (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the number of service personnel (a) stationed in Scotland, (b) serving with a Scottish regiment, (c) serving with a regiment whose home...

      Special Advisers

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

      Staff Numbers

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

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff were employed by his Department in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected size is of the nuclear submarine fleet excluding the SSBNs.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from members of the Territorial Army regarding the length of their tours of duty in Iraq.

      Transport Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to purchase C-17 aircraft; and if he will make a statement.

      Transport Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many C-130J Mark 5 aircraft have been delivered; and how many are serviceable; (2) what his estimate is of the out of service date for the...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Type 45 destroyers his Department estimates would normally be needed to protect a future aircraft carrier in a war zone.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Type 45 destroyers would be capable of continuous deployment in cycles based upon the purchase of (a) nine, (b) 10, (c) 11 and (d) 12 such vessels.

      Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the expenditure on tranche 2 of Typhoon combat aircraft will be allocated; and whether those funds will be used to develop a ground attack capability.

      Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to convert the order for a second tranche of Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft into aircraft with ground attack capability.

      Vaccines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of whether each vaccine administered to service personnel deployed in Iraq was used according to the manufacturer's...

      Weather Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the Meteorological Office weather reports on television and radio exclude the temperature in Fahrenheit.

      Website

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

      Whistleblowing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there is public interest immunity in whistleblowing cases for (a) serving soldiers in Her Majesty's armed forces, (b) medical and welfare staff...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his assessment of the effect of wind farms on military radar facilities.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Arson

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost to the criminal justice system of court proceedings and sentencing for arson was in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002.

    • Bechtel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the contracts for consultancy and other work carried out by Bechtel for agencies responsible to his Department and its predecessor in each year...

      Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many single, homeless (a) women and (b) men were in bed and breakfast accommodation in England in March.

      Business Co-ordination Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many events in the last month the Business Co-ordination Unit has arranged for Ministers to attend.

      Business Co-ordination Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the running costs were of the Business Co-ordination Unit in the last financial year.

      Business Co-ordination Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff are employed by the Business Co-ordination Unit.

      Business Co-ordination Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the postal costs were to the Business Co-ordination Unit of sending leaflets advertising Ministers' availability to attend business functions.

      Consultancy Contracts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many consultancies were commissioned by his Department in the last two years for which figures are available; and what the cost of those contracts was.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total collected council tax was in each financial year since 1996–97.

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the (a) purpose, (b) annual budget since inception, (c) projected budget for the next two years and (d) current work programme of...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the costs of running his Office between May 2002 and May 2003; and what forecast he has made for the year from May 2003.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent on public transport by (a) his ministerial office, (b) other ministerial offices within his Department, (c) non-departmental bodies, (d)...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) his ministerial office, (b) other ministerial offices within his Department, (c) non-departmental bodies, (d) executive agencies and (e) his...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) his ministerial office, (b) other ministerial offices within his Department, (c) non-departmental bodies, (d) executive agencies and (e) his...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) his ministerial office, (b) other ministerial offices within his Department, (c) non-departmental bodies, (d) executive agencies and (e) his...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) his ministerial office, (b) other ministerial offices within his Department, (c) non-departmental bodies, (d) executive agencies and (e) his...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) his ministerial office, (b) other ministerial offices within his Department, (c) non-departmental bodies, (d) executive agencies and (e) his...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) his ministerial office, (b) other ministerial offices within his Department, (c) non-departmental bodies, (d) executive agencies and (e) his...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent on refurbishment by (a) his Ministerial office, (b) other ministerial offices within his Department, (c) non-departmental bodies, (d)...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent on (a) first class and (b) second class postage by (i) his ministerial office, (ii) other ministerial offices within his Department, (iii)...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent on (a) purchasing commissioned and (b) hiring art work by (i) his Ministerial office, (ii) other ministerial offices within his...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent on ministerial boxes by (a) his Ministerial office and (b) other ministerial offices within his Department since May 2002.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how much (a) his ministerial office, (b) other ministerial offices within his Department, (c) non-departmental bodies, (d) executive agencies and (e) his...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) his Ministerial office, (b) other ministerial offices within his Department, (c) non-departmental bodies, (d) executive agencies and (e) his...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) his ministerial office, (b) other ministerial offices within his Department, (c) non-departmental bodies, (d) executive agencies and (e) his...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) his Ministerial office, (b) other ministerial offices within his Department, (c) non-departmental bodies, (d) executive agencies and (e) his...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total expenditure was on new buildings and premises by his Department, its predecessors and its agencies in each of the last five years; what square...

      E-mails

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many e-mails (a) he and (b) his junior Ministers have received since May 2002; and if he will make a statement.

      Efficiency Savings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the target is for efficiency savings in 2003–04 expressed (a) in money terms and (b) as a percentage of the Department's expenditure limit.

      Electronic Voting

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Electoral Commission on the security of the electronic voting machines provided by Diebold for the pilot project in Manchester.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to bring forward proposals to repeal the fire brigades discipline and promotion regulations.

      Foreign Exchange Transactions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many foreign exchange transactions (a) his Ministerial office, (b) other ministerial offices within his Department, (c) non-departmental bodies, (d) executive...

      House Fires

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which housing associations in England have not installed smoke detectors in their housing stock.

      House Fires

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fires occurred in houses in multiple occupation in each year from 1990 to 2003; and how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries resulted from these fires.

      House Fires

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) injuries and (b) fatalities were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning from house fires in (i) houses in multiple occupation, (ii) the rest of the...

      Local Councils (Complaints)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many complaints were received by the Local Government Ombudsman against local councils over the last five years; and what percentage of those complaints were...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what amount of central government grant per head was paid to each (a) county council and (b) unitary authority in England in the last financial year for which...

      Market Research

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 bodies for...

      Market Research

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) market research in the last financial year; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the (a) foreign visits, and (b) visits to within the United Kingdom he has made since 1 April; what the cost was to public funds of each trip; who...

      Multiple Occupation Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which counties in England (a) have and (b) have not implemented a houses in multiple occupation registration scheme.

      NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on services provided to his Department by NM Rothschilds since 1997.

      Office Costs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated cost of running his Departmental office was for each year since it was established, broken down by (a) telephone bills, (b) total staff costs,...

      Performance Monitoring

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the performance targets that (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet; and if he will...

      Periodicals

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the periodicals that (a) his ministerial office, (b) other ministerial offices within his Department, (c) non-departmental bodies, (d) executive...

      Planning Policy (Renewable Energy)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the forthcoming review of Planning Policy Guidance Note 22: Renewable Energy will include the consideration of land use planning as a means of reducing...

      Planning Policy (Renewable Energy)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with colleagues in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about the review of Planning Policy Guidance Note 22:...

      Private Parking Firms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what regulations exist to ensure transparency in local authority contracts with private parking firms which operate on local authority land.

      Rate Support Grant (Kirklees)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) actual and (b) percentage increases in Government Rate Support Grant for Kirklees Metropolitan Council were in each year since 1997.

      Regional Co-ordination Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many conferences staff of the regional co-ordination unit have attended each year since its establishment; what the cost was in each case; and how many were...

      Regional Co-ordination Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many conferences have been organised by the Regional Co-ordination Unit in each year since it was established; and what the cost was of each.

      Regional Co-ordination Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many publications have been issued by the Regional Co-ordination Unit in each year since its formation; and what the annual cost was.

      Regional Resilience Forums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the core membership of each regional resilience forum is.

      Rural Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons rural allocations have been made by the Housing Corporation to individual local authorities without specifying site location.

      Rural Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many allocations were made to rural housing providers in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04 to date.

      Rural Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many allocations to rural housing schemes were made under transitional arrangements to replace local authority social housing grant in 2002–03.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many social housing properties were (a) vacant and (b) constructed in each London borough in each of the last six years for which figures are available.

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons the Supporting People programme has been transferred within his Department to the Homelessness Directorate from the Housing and Care Support...

      Television

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) television licences and (b) satellite television subscriptions are held by (i) his ministerial office, (ii) other ministerial offices within his...

      Unauthorised Camping

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish the responses received to the Managing Unauthorised Camping Operational Guidance consultation paper.

      Unauthorised Camping

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will publish his response to the Managing Unauthorised Camping Operational Guidance consultation paper.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will strengthen the Planning Policy Guidelines to create a presumption against the siting of wind farms in high value landscapes on the perimeter of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what rental contributions were paid by the United States Government to the Government for (a) the use of Wideawake Airport and...

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) US authorities and (b) the Coalition Provisional Authority about the establishment in Iraq...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are to alter the national flag of the Iraqi state.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the coalition administration in Iraq has maintained full income and expenditure accounts in respect of (a) sales of oil...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether UN Security Council Resolution 1483 permits the 100 per cent. purchase by foreign...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what patrols UK Navy vessels are undertaking to prevent illegal smuggling of oil off the Iraqi coast; what progress has been...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the method of election of the Government of Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the conflict in Iraq on the war on terrorism.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the progress made by the Government forces of Uganda against the Lord's Resistance...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens captured by Coalition forces in Afghanistan in 2002 remain in detention in Afghanistan.

      Bechtel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the contracts for consultancy and other work carried out by Bechtel for agencies responsible to his Department...

      Border Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what effects the European Constitution will have on United Kingdom border controls.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent action the Government has taken in relation to breaches of (a) human and (b) political rights in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to support the United States Government's stance on sanctions against Burma.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter to him dated 17 September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs....

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will lay before Parliament a White Paper reproducing the texts of those proposed articles of the draft EU Constitution...

      General Affairs and External Relations Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the General Affairs and External Relations Council held on 17 November; what the Government's stance was...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Spanish counterpart regarding Gibraltar in the last 12 months.

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the meetings his Department has had with US officials and representatives in the last 12 months at which the...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a permanent secretary or under-secretary in his Department has visited Indonesia since 1973; and what the purpose was of...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he and (b) members of his Department have had with representatives of the Russian Government on recent...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he is having with Iran about bi-lateral relations.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the two UN working groups referred to in his 2003 Human Rights Report as planning visits to Iran to make them.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response the Government of Iran has made to the recommendations of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the EU to evaluate the outcome of the dialogue with Iran on improving human rights; and what assessment he has...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if Her Majesty's Government will condemn (a) the Palestinian organisations engaged in suicide bombings of Israeli civilians and...

      Market Research

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

      Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) market research in the last financial year; and if he will make a...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government has made of the impact of the Israel Defense Forces Order Concerning Security Directives (Judea...

      Moazzam Begg and Feroz Abbasi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence he has received from the American Administration in support of their claim that they have the right to try Moazzam...

      Kenny Richey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department had with US counterparts before the vote in the UN Security Council on the resolution condemning...

      NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on services provided to his Department by NM Rothschild since 1997.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken (a) to try to prevent North Korea from acquiring a nuclear weapon manufacturing capability,...

      Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to encourage amendments to the Non-Proliferation Treaty to enable (a) India, (b) Pakistan and (c)...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment (a) he and (b) his officials have made of the relevance to United Kingdom policies on non-proliferation of the...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent report of the International Atomic Energy Authority on whether the Government of Iran...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the (a) US Administration and (b) UN representatives on the implications of the recent...

      Oil Sales (Iraq)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the (a) expenditure on and (b) revenues generated by the sale of Iraqi oil on the world market since 1 May; and...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Pakistan about its human rights record.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) European Union member states and (b) other governments in connection...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of restrictions by the Pakistani Government on the freedom of movement of Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti,...

      Russian Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the Russian federation authorities (a) do not extradite persons to any...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the security (a) advice and (b) protection offered to employees of the British Council working in...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the facilities in Nairobi for Somalians applying for entry clearance in to the UK; and what plans...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what reports he has received from representatives of the UK Government in Sri Lanka concerning (a) President Chandrika...

      Sri Lanka

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

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the declaration of a state of emergency in Sri Lanka and its effects on the civil rights of Sri...

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Thai authorities about Dr. Cynthia Maung's clinic in Mae Sot on the Thai-Burmese border.

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has held with the Thai authorities on delivery by non-governmental organisations of cross-border aid...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to secure the release of the Tibetan religious leader, Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche, from prison in China.

      Treaty Ratification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what requests the Government will make to the Crown prior to the introduction of a Bill relating to the ratification of a treaty...

      UN Arms Embargoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 16 September 2003, Official Report, column 681W, if he will (a) commission a report on the impact of...

      UN Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 6 October 2003, Official Report, column 1118W, on UN sanctions, what progress the Government have made...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the visa fees were for (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) up to August 2003.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the geographical validity of European Union visas will become a matter for qualified majority voting under the European...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether European visas issued by the consulates of other member states will be valid for entry to the UK under the European...

      Working Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 29 October 2003, Official Report, column 277W, on working holidaymakers, if he will break down by...

  • Treasury

    • Civil Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the reasons for ending face to face civil registration services; and what plans he has to retrain registrars for their...

    • Economic Activity (Airdrie and Shotts)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the economic activity rate in the Airdrie and Shotts constituency was in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 1997; (2) what the employment rate in the...

      Air Passenger Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was raised from air passenger taxes in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Household Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the average weekly income of households in each council tax band.

      Aviation Kerosene taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost of not taxing aviation kerosene in financial year 2002–03.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what re-examination of the Office of Government Commerce Gateway review process he has undertaken as a result of the implementation of the Child Support...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of families in Airdrie and Shotts constituency who will benefit from the Child Trust Fund.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the cost was of specialist asset recovery teams in Customs and Excise used for the recovery of assets from directors involved in fraudulent...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff were deployed by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise to tackle VAT missing trader fraud in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03; what the...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 6 November 2003, Official Report, column. 800W, with regard to Customs, whether the prohibited firearm was (a) produced to...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the membership of the Financial Services Authority Financial Capability Steering Group is.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to how many people the 10 pence tax rate has applied in each constituency since its introduction.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who set the criteria for payment of performance-related pay to the Commissioners of Inland Revenue regarding the duties they have had with respect to...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total budget approved for the market-making exercise in support of Project ASPIRE was in each year from 2000–01 to 2002–03; and what...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when Sir Nicholas Montagu KCB took the Chair of the Superintending Group overseeing Project ASPIRE; who Sir Nicholas's predecessors in that role had been...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the authorised establishment for professional grades was in 2000–01 for Inland Revenue International Division, Business Tax Group broken down by...

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of the war in Iraq to the Exchequer has been to date; and if he will make a statement on his current forecast of the likely total cost.

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made with the Lyons Review; and if he will make a statement.

      Mortgage Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has commissioned on the effect on debt levels of the use of mortgage finance as a source of credit for purposes unrelated to home improvement.

      NM Rothschild and Son Ltd.

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on services provided to his Department by NM Rothschild since 1997.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will answer the questions tabled on 27 October 2003 by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield, concerning tax credits, reference numbers 135413...

      Petrol Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of petrol tax rises on volunteers who claim petrol expenses.

      Postal Service (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 12 June 2003, Official Report, column 984W, on postal service (VAT), whether his policy on VAT on stamps has changed; and if he...

      Premature Deaths (Wales)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many premature deaths there were in each local authority area in Wales in each of the past 20 years.

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated (a) national insurance contributions and (b) tax revenues would be of the 50,000 seasonal agricultural workers recommended by the Curry...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the availability to the public of the Code of Practice 26 leaflet concerning what to do in the case of overpayments of tax...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have received a tax credit overpayment of more than (a) £1,000 and (b) £5,000; what plans there are for these sums to be repaid;...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the advice that has been given to those people who have received a tax credit overpayment of over £5,000; and what...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people benefited from the working family tax credit in each parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, listed in descending order.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are in receipt of the disabled person's tax credit in Airdrie and Shotts constituency.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken to increase the take up of child tax credit in Airdrie and Shotts constituency.

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many teenage pregnancies there were in each constituency in each of the past 20 years.

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many births to girls conceiving under the age of 16 years there were in each local authority area in Wales in each of the past 20 years.

      Unemployment (Wales)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many households without work for two years or more there were in each local authority area in Wales in each of the past 20 years; (2) how many...

      VAT (Tourism)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, (1) how much VAT revenue was raised from tourism in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; (2)...

      Work-related Stress

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

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families are in receipt of child benefit in the Airdrie and Shotts constituency; and how many children that includes.

    • Housing Benefit Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) gross and (b) net housing benefit costs were (i) pre and (ii) post whole stock transfer for those local authorities which have...

      Benefits Application Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he is taking to ensure that only the latest edition of benefit application forms is available for downloading and completion...

      Benefits Application Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the annual cost to his Department of (a) income support fraud and (b) Jobseeker's Allowance fraud in the last three years.

      Benefits Application Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what measures his Department takes to ensure that benefit claimants who enquire about using a bank account to receive their benefits are...

      Benefits Application Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the amount of unclaimed (a) income support broken down by (i) pensioners and (ii) non-pensioners, (b) housing benefit...

      Call Centres (Outsourcing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department plans to outsource call centre work to premises outside the United Kingdom.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how long an individual in Gloucestershire will have to wait for reassessment by the Child Support Agency as a result of job loss following the...

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether child trust funds will affect eligibility for Jobseeker's Allowance.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's correspondence since November 2001 with the Chief Rent Officer for London.

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) in how many cases since 1 January the Child Support Agency has incorrectly cancelled existing deductions from earnings orders; and if he...

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether, in determining the maintenance liability of self-employed parents, the Child Support Agency is obliged to take into account...

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Energy Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much (a) electricity and (b) other energy his Department has used in each year since 1997 (i) in total and (ii) per square metre; what the...

      Departmental Filestores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when (a) he, (b) a minister in his Department and (c) the Permanent Secretary at the Department last visited a departmental filestore (i) in...

      Disabled Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information he has collated on variations in the provision of ramps for the disabled between local authorities.

      Disabled People (Discrimination)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to give disabled people the same legislative protection from discrimination as those facing sex and race discrimination.

      Exceptions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the Exceptions Service will operate in respect of people in debt whose benefits are being used to pay off debts to their bank under the...

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of Health and Safety inspectors who will be employed in each of the next three financial years.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on housing benefit for residents of (a) houses in multiple occupation, (b) the rest of the private rented sector, (c)...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the use of ID cards to reduce benefit fraud.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement concerning JobCentre Plus' Vision for London plan, with reference to (a) the number of (i) permanent and (ii)...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of unemployed people of working age in receipt of an occupational pension not qualifying for...

      Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 18 September 2003, Official Report, column 910W, on loans for those on low incomes, what the average time taken is...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 5 November 2003, Official Report, column 673W, on the New Deal, how many New Deal personal advisers there were in...

      Non-resident Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether non-resident parents are required to pay child support when paternity is in dispute; and whether the non-resident parent pays the cost...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer the questions tabled on 28 October by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield, concerning the operation of the Social...

      Paternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Airdrie and Shotts have benefited from statutory paternity pay since its introduction.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are aged 60 and over in each parliamentary constituency in England, according to 2001 Census data; and how many are claiming...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 17 November, Official Report, columns 481–2, how many pensioners in Perth were claiming pension credit on the...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the take-up of pension credit in the Airdrie and Shotts constituency.

      Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will introduce a legal requirement on employers to fund pension schemes that would ensure assets do not fall below the discontinuance...

      Printer Cartridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment the Health and Safety Executive has made of the impact on employees health of refilling and re-using printer cartridges.

      Public Employees (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many part-time workers were employed by Jobcentre Plus in Essex on 1 September.

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

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

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of applications for assistance from the Social Fund in the last financial year were unsuccessful, broken down by...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average timescale was for reviews of unsuccessful applications for assistance under the Social Fund to be considered and...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of applications for assistance under the Social Fund from Birmingham, Northfield were unsuccessful at independent review...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average time periods achieved were in the last 12 months for which figures are available for (a) reaching decisions on...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average time periods were for the last 12 months for which figures are available for (a) reaching decisions on reviews of...

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners are in receipt of the state retirement pension in the Airdrie and Shotts constituency.

  • Health

    • Genetically Modified Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what direct tests have been conducted on humans to determine whether the GM foods approved in Europe may be allergenic.

    • Genetically Modified Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what monitoring of groups potentially vulnerable to the effects of consuming GM crops (a) has been undertaken and (b) is planned by the Government.

      Genetically Modified Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from companies on the proposed sale of genetically modified sweetcorn in supermarkets.

      Genetically Modified Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has carried out on the safety of genetically modified sweetcorn.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the benefits of medical experiments on primates, particularly in relation to...

      "Choice, Responsiveness and Equity"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which patients' organisations were sent the consultation document, "Choice, Responsiveness and Equity", and when; and if he will make a statement on the...

      Accident and Emergency Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of admissions to accident and emergency is directly related to the individual's use of alcohol.

      Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of (a) agency nurses and (b) agency doctors has been to the NHS in London in each year since 1997.

      Alcohol Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated in respect of the cost of alcohol abuse to the national health service; and when he expects to...

      Bechtel

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

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trained cancer specialists are practising in England; how many cancer specialist students began training in each year since 1997; how many cancer...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ring-fence spending for cancer services.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of cancer patients received their first definitive treatment within 62 days of referral in each month of the last three years, broken down...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been allocated by his Department to cancer prevention in each of the last three years; and how much was spent in each year.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to establish dedicated Positron Emission Tomography camera facilities to diagnose lung cancer and evaluate the success of...

      Cardiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trained cardiologists are practising in England; how many cardiology students began training in each year since 1997; how many cardiologists...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) demand for and (b) supply of places in residential homes and nursing homes in England; and what forecast he has...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) residential, (b) nursing and (c) elderly mentally infirm (i) homes and (ii) places were available in London in each of the last 10 years,...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care home places were available in (a) Birmingham and (b) West Midlands in each of the last six years run by the (i) local authority, (ii)...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he collates on staff turnover in (a) nursing homes and (b) residential care homes for elderly people in (i) the public sector, (ii) the...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many inspections and approvals have been undertaken of (a) residential care homes, (b) nursing care homes, (c) residential care home managers and (d)...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many managers of nursing care homes assessed by the National Care Standards Commission since its inception, had (a) at least first level...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of (a) the number of residents and (b) the ratio of nurses to residents in nursing care homes in England in the last year for...

      Childhood Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has commissioned into the effect on childhood obesity of access to healthy foods.

      Childhood Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have been treated by the NHS in each of the last 10 years for illnesses (a) directly caused by and (b) aggravated by childhood obesity.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost of compiling the KT23 chiropody statistics was in 2002; (2) which organisations were consulted on the proposed abolition of the...

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of variations in provision of NHS (a) chiropody and (b) podiatry in different regions of England; (2) what plans he has...

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the long-term health impacts of discharging NHS (a) chiropody and (b) podiatry patients who are deemed to be low risk.

      Computer Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contracts his Department has awarded to external computer game companies broken down by (a) the company to which the contract was awarded and (b) the...

      Condover Hall School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what health care support services are given to children attending Condover Hall School, Shropshire; (2) if he will estimate the cost of upgrading...

      Consultant Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the average waiting time for a first consultant appointment in London in each year since 1997.

      Consultant Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Oxford, West and Abingdon (Dr. Harris) of 14 October 2003, Official Report, column 214W, on consultant...

      Contingency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards (a) vaccinating 350 health care staff in the UK against smallpox and (b) the other measures outlined in the written...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the availability of the anti-dementia drug Ebixa.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the mean number of decayed, filled and missing teeth for five-year-old children in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of five-year-old children had no caries in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority in each of the last six years.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) mean and (b) maximum waiting times for elective admissions for dental treatment were in (i) England and (ii) each region in each of the last...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the effects of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill on dentistry patients.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that better information is provided to (a) general practitioners and (b) diabetic patients about (i) the effects...

      Diet and Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will break down by sex the percentages of children who were found by the most recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey to be consuming less than...

      Doctors' Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of the recent Doctors' Forum event held at the Novotel Hotel in Hammersmith; and what the (a) objectives and (b) programme for the event...

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the standards governing the delivery of domiciliary care for the elderly and the arrangements for monitoring compliance...

      Drug Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the change in cost to the national health service drug budget resulting from the focus on priority therapeutic areas, as...

      Drug Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the impact of implementing EU Directive 2001/20/EC on non-commercial drug research in the United Kingdom.

      Drug/Alcohol Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the amount of Government funding for (a) drug misuse treatment and (b) alcohol misuse treatment in (i) England and (ii) each strategic...

      Fluoridation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been spent in each of the last five years for which figures are available on research (a) directly funded by the Department of Health...

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role he envisages for political parties in the elections to the governing boards of foundation hospital trusts.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether limits to candidates' expenditure are to be imposed in the elections to the governing boards of foundation hospital trusts.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from (a) NHS trusts and (b) others concerning the electoral systems which may be used in elections to the board of...

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the proposed public register of members of an NHS foundation trust will allow for members to be listed as patients or carers.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his policy that the same value of minimum practice income guarantee should be offered to GPs if the number of patients on their rolls falls...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that the new GP funding formula will not result in less money than the previous formula being offered for general...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to ensure that access to high-quality sexual health services is (a) made a priority and (b) resourced as part of the new general...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that the new GP contract does not act as a financial disincentive for GPs to take on new patients.

      Geriatricians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultant geriatricians and (b) geriatricians below the level of consultant were employed in each NHS hospital trust in each year since 1997.

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what help he is giving to local hospitals to achieve health and safety standards.

      Health Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned into the (a) extent and (b) cost of health tourism in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effects on the efficiency of health visitor services of health visitors serving (a) general practitioner...

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies have been carried out to determine the effectiveness of buprenorphine in the treatment of heroin addiction.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people suffered from HIV/AIDS in England in the last five years for which figures are available.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources his Department has allocated to HIV/AIDS (a) treatment and (b) prevention in financial year 2003–04; and if he will make a statement.

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people within the London Borough of Havering in receipt of home care services provided by the council were charged for those services in...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general and (b) acute beds were open overnight in each English region in each of the last 10 years;

      Hospital Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospital wards he has visited in the last 12 months.

      Indian Community

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the health of England's Indian community.

      Infection Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department monitors hospital and community clinicians' attendance at infection control training; and if he will make a statement.

      Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost of compensation paid by the NHS to employees who have been injured at work was in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of patients use (a) animal and (b) GM-produced human insulin; what assessment has been made of the (i) likely changes in...

      Intermediate Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many intermediate care beds there were in each year since 1999; (2) how many people received intermediate care services in each year since 1999.

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will instruct Inventures to expedite their dealings with the Church Grange Satellite Surgery at Park Village, Basingstoke, in respect of a land...

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to receive the National Audit Office report on the sale of Inventures and NHS property; and whether he plans to publish it.

      Clinical Incident Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage local trust management to establish an open culture for reporting and examining clinical incidents.

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many junior doctors have been working longer than (a) 72 hours, (b) 56 hours and (c) 48 hours per week in the last month for which figures are available.

      Kaiser Permanente

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what Kaiser Permanente facilities he visited on his recent trip to the US; whom he met; and what officials accompanied him.

      Living Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice his Department gives to (a) hospital trusts and (b) primary care trusts about the validity of living wills.

      Locums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost per year in the NHS was of employing a locum for (a) heart disease care and (b) medical emergencies in the last year for which...

      Locums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS trusts are able to pay unlimited amounts for replacement locums for suspended consultants.

      National Service Framework for Long Term Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultant neurologists, (b) physiotherapists and (c) speech and language therapists he estimates are needed to implement the National...

      Maintenance Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the backlog maintenance cost to reach estate code condition was in each English region for (a) NHS trusts and (b) mental health trusts in the last...

      Health Care (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what adjustment he will make to the funding of (a) primary health care trusts and (b) other health trusts in Manchester following the adjustment to the...

      Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) market research in the last financial year; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what impact assessment the Department has made of the adoption of the EU Clinical Trials Directive (2001/20/EC) on the UK non-commercial medical research...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which and reasons why people with mental health problems self-fund their (a) medication, (b) treatment and...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of seasonal affective disorder there were in each winter since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place a copy of the occurrence log kept by Mersey Regional Ambulance Service for the weekend of 1–2 November in the Library.

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures have been put in place by the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service to ensure that information from patient report forms is (a) collated...

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the salary is of the communications manager at the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service; and if he will place a copy of the job description for this...

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place a copy of the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service lone worker policy in the Library.

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes have been introduced by the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service to ensure that all staff, including those in stations outside Liverpool,...

      Midwifery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 18 September, reference 127592 on midwives administering, if he will list the non-medical products midwives can supply; what the...

      Migraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of migraine sufferers being treated in the NHS fall within the target of a maximum 16-week wait between referral and first...

      Minor Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to set up units to carry out minor operations in Buckinghamshire.

      Minor Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units to carry out minor operations have been set up in Buckinghamshire since 1997.

      Mothers' Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department collects on trends in respect of the presence of (a) brominated flame retardants and (b) phthalates in mothers' milk; and...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of MRSA in hospitals have been reported in each of the last five years; in which areas; and if he will make a statement on action his...

      National Adoption Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what performance target was set for placements resulting from the National Adoption Register; (2) how many children have been placed with new...

      NHS Catering Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the central contracts to provide catering services for the NHS.

      NHS Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 3 November 2003, Official Report, column 520W, on the NHS Estate, what information he collates on the definition of...

      NHS Expenditure

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much capital expenditure there has been in the NHS in England in each of the last five years; and how much of that spending was...

      NHS Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what per capita expenditure was on the NHS in (a) England and (b) Cumbria in (i) 1997–98 and (ii) 2002–03; what projections he has made for...

      NHS Live 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on plans for the NHS Live 2004 event; what the budget for the event is; and who is responsible for organising the event;

      NHS Performance Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS performance indicators have been set in each of the last eight years.

      NHS Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list occasions when NHS trusts and their predecessor NHS bodies spent money on publicising the benefits of an anticipated reorganisation...

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on (a) where responsibility for implementing National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines lies and (b) recent...

      NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on services provided to his Department by NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd. since 1977.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) hospital and (b) community full-time equivalent nurses were employed by (i) Taunton and Somerset NHS Hospital Trust and (ii) Taunton Deane...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the National Health Service spent on hiring agency nursing staff in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) district nurses and (b) health visitors there were by (i) headcount and (ii) whole-time equivalent in (A) England and (B) each region in each...

      Olympus Optical Co. (UK) Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet the hon. Member for West Chelmsford and a representative of Olympus Optical Co (UK) Ltd, a constituent.

      Paddington Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated patient capacity is of the proposed Paddington Health Campus; and how much that has increased from the estimate in 2000.

      Paddington Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place a copy of the contract between the Paddington Health Campus project and Christow in the Library.

      Painkillers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many painkillers available over the counter contain codeine phosphate.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will answer the Question from the hon. Member for Cotswold tabled on 22 October, ref.134548.

      Patient Advice and Liaison Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts and primary care trusts in England have functioning patient advice and liaison services.

      Patient Advice and Liaison Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out the Department's definition of an active Patient Advice and Liaison Service.

      Patient Advice and Liaison Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will (a) collate and (b) publish information on the implementation of patient advice and liaison service, including (i) the percentage of NHS trusts...

      Patient Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 17 July 2003, Official Report, column 631W, to the hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon (Dr. Harris), on patient surveys, if...

      Patients' Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce legislation to rename patients' forums as patient and public involvement forums.

      Patients' Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the (a) number and (b) rate of vacancies within patients' forums on the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will...

      Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there are restrictions on the number of domiciliary visits by physiotherapists to individual patients.

      Private Diagnostic and Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library correspondence between his Department's officials and the Oxford Strategic Health Authority about private diagnostic and...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list NHS PFI projects valued at more than £50 million for which approval has been granted by the Department; what the projected cost is of...

      Prostate Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government is taking to raise public awareness about the prostate and its functions.

      Rickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the incidence of rickets in children.

      Safety Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the latest statistics on safety incidents within the NHS from the National Reporting and Learning System, including regional breakdown.

      Sandwich Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the tender for the public private partnership contract to provide sandwiches for the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Smog

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the (a) mortality and (b) morbidity caused by smog (i) in England and (ii) broken down by local authority area in each year (A) since...

      Social Care Director

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for (1) what reasons the Department's Social Care Director is not a member of the Department's Board; (2) what (a) accountabilities and (b) reporting...

      Social Services (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost to Somerset Social Services for children in care was in each year since 1999–2000.

      St. George's Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many public service agreement targets St. George's Hospital, London has.

      St. George's Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what help St. George's Hospital, London will be given to achieve waiting list targets.

      St. George's Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting list times for St. George's Hospital, London were in (a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000 and (c) 2001–02.

      Staff Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of possible savings to the NHS if all staff exclusions were dealt with in six months.

      Staff Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to respond to findings by the National Audit Office on staff exclusions, with particular reference to (a) practice by...

      Staff Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that trusts (a) support excluded clinical staff and (b) enable them to continue their professional development.

      Staff:Patient Ratios

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the staff to patient ratio in the NHS hospitals in Havering is.

      Television Sets (NHS)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many television sets there were in hospitals in each of the last five years in England; and what proportion operated with stand-by units.

      Television Sets (NHS)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the use of televisions with stand-by units within NHS premises.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the average waiting times for cleft lip and palate surgery for children in Greater London in each year since 2000.

      Ward Housekeepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Oxford, West and Abingdon (Dr. Harris) of 14 October 2003, Official Report, column 43W, on ward...

      Website

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of Post Office card account applications were started but not completed in each of the last three years.

    • Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on how many occasions the handbook for postmasters operating the Post Office Card Account has been changed since the start of financial year...

      Breast Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she plans to take to allow employees to take work breaks for breastfeeding.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what sums have been paid to (a) BT and (b) NTL to assist in the roll out of broadband services, broken down by (a) year and (b) region.

      Business Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her plans for business support schemes.

      CERN Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of UK funds directed towards the CERN project is being treated as capital against resource.

      CERN Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the resource amount is of the funds that have been directed towards the CERN project.

      Childhood Obesity

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

      Civil Service

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

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the number of civil servants from her Department seconded to (a) the private sector, (b) non-governmental organisations and...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the United Kingdom's combined heat and power generation capacity was on (a) 1 May 1997 and (b) the latest date for which figures are...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the letter of 31 July from the hon. Member for Christchurch about restrictive and anti-competitive practices resulting...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when her Department will reply to the letter of 9 July from the hon. Member for Aylesbury on behalf of Ms C.Clements of Loosley Row, Bucks.

      Credit Card Cheques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will introduce measures to ban the unsolicited sending of credit card cheques to existing card holders.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the effect of a failure of the continental gas interconnector on electricity generation in the...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the costs to (a) business and (b) consumers of the loss of electricity supply on (i) 28 August, affecting...

      Energy Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she intends to publish the Sustainable Energy Policy Network reports (a) First Retrospective Security of Supply Report and (b) Initial...

      Energy Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many power stations have received planning permission in each year since 1997; what the capacity is of each; how many of them are in...

      Energy Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 21 October 2003, Official Report, column 491W, on British Energy, how much of the credit facility available to...

      Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the DTI/Defra Joint Environmental Markets Unit is consulted when her Department carries out regulatory impact assessments of new...

      Estate Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 11 September 2003, Official Report, column 391W, on estate agents, how many complaints have been (a) made, (b)...

      Estate Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 11 September 2003, Official Report, column 380W, on estate agents, whether she has received the report of the...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list for each of the last 20 years the (a) contracts with, (b) materials involved in and (c) value of trade deals with Iraq...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions her Department has had with industry stakeholders to ensure that arrangements are in place to provide the necessary training...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to ensure that defence-related companies are aware of the implications of the Export Control Act 2002; and...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arrangements her Department has made for (a) assessing and (b) processing applications for export control licences from May 2004.

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will take steps to ensure that armaments manufactured in the UK carry (a) a unique serial number, (b) the name of country of...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on recent developments on vessel eligibility for the compensation scheme for former Icelandic trawlermen.

      Gas Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the ability of the market to respond to the demand for gas in a 1 in 20 winter peak day in (a) winter...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to increase the transfer of intellectual property (a) between businesses and (b) between business and academia.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure that deprived communities do not suffer an information deficit from lack of access to the internet.

      Invicta Motors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will visit Invicta Motors in Chippenham to inspect their first production model.

      Inward Missions Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what changes she plans to make to the Inward Missions Scheme following the review by UK Trade and Investment; when the changes will come into...

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many manufacturing jobs have been (a) created and (b) lost in South Yorkshire in each of the last five years.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many manufacturing jobs have been (a) created and (b) lost in Scotland in the last 12 months.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for (a) vibration white finger and (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have been paid out in full in each area of the...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) vibration white finger and (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claims have been paid out in full in the (i) East Midlands...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether ex-workers from the phurnacite coking works at Abercwmboi in the Cynon Valley are eligible to claim for bronchitis and emphysema under...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will release records of dust levels recorded before 1991 at the phurnacite plant at Abercwmboi in the Cynon Valley.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many ex-miners have in Airdrie and Shotts benefited from the Government's health compensation schemes; and what the average level of...

      Metrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons Recommendation R125 of the International Organisation of Legal Metrology on measuring systems for the mass of liquids in...

      National Minimum Wage

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

      National Minimum Wage

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

      NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on services provided to her Department by NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd. since 1997.

      Nuclear Reprocessing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place in the Library copies of the inter-governmental agreements relating to the repatriation of nuclear materials to Italy...

      Nuclear Reprocessing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of whether proper arrangements are in place in respect of nuclear material from Italy currently in the UK...

      Nuclear Reprocessing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions have been held by (a) Ministers and (b) officials with BNFL in the last two years relating to the future (i) location and...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what requirement she has placed on BNFL to report to her in advance on plans to seek contracts in the United States to help develop its...

      Outsourcing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the number of jobs being lost in the UK from companies out-sourcing work overseas.

      Outsourcing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many jobs have been out-sourced abroad in the last three years; and what estimate her Department has made of the likely numbers in the...

      Overseas Visitors (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many international overnight visits were made to Wales in each of the past 10 years, broken down by country of origin, listed in...

      Patents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many patents were taken out by British universities in each of the last 20 years; how many patents funded from public services have...

      Patents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has had from the European Federation of Journalists on the European Directive on patenting computer-related...

      Performance Monitoring

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

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will obtain from the Chief Executive of Post Office Ltd. a list of consultation exercises carried out by Post Office Counters since 1...

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices were closed in Dorset between June 2001 and June 2003; and if she will make a statement on her policy in relation to...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with Postcomm on the exemption for UK postal service providers from VAT; and if she will make a statement.

      Preferential Trade Status (Israel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on Israel's preferential trade status with the EU.

      Privatisation (Advertising Budgets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the advertising budget was for each privatisation of a nationalised industry since 1979.

      Radiation-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what compensation has been paid by nuclear companies to those suffering from radiation-induced illness in each of the past 20 years.

      SMEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to increase the audit exemption levels for small and medium-size companies; and if she will make a statement.

      Solar PV Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Government will announce the start date for the solar PV major demonstration programme phase two.

      State Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 29 October 2003, Official Report, column 257W, on state aid, if she will list the occasions since 1997 when the...

      Technology Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on Government action to encourage the growth of the technological sector in the United Kingdom.

      Technology Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the Government intends to encourage home grown United Kingdom technological manufacturers.

      Telephone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many telephone masts there are in (a) Somerset, (b) Devon, (c) Dorset, (d) Wiltshire and (e) Cornwall.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support her Department offers to British cigarette manufacturers seeking to develop markets in the developing world.

      Trade (USA)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will examine the use of (a) mutual and (b) multilateral legal assistance treaties by the United States of America in enforcing end-user...

      Trade Missions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether a trade mission will be sent to Kuwait in the near future; and what plans she has to establish better trading relations with Kuwait.

      UK Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the progress of joint working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the promotion of UK science,...

      Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment she has made of the content and design of her Department's website.

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what help she gives individual factories which wish to develop alternative sustainable power supplies, with particular reference to wind turbines.

      Work-related Stress

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

  • Transport

    • Ballast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which British ports have facilities for treating ballast from ships.

    • Ballast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents involving ships clearing out their ballast tanks there have been in (a) British waters and (b) Liverpool Bay in each year over the...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of whether Terminal 5 will handle passengers using the third runway at Heathrow Airport if constructed.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has drawn up for expansion of capacity on the M25 if a third runway is constructed at Heathrow Airport.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment his Department has made of the likely impact on public transport of additional staff commuting to Heathrow Airport after a third...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to reinstate independent electricity supplies to the London Underground; and at what cost.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of security measures on the London Underground to counter the threat of terrorism.

      Air Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many air accidents involving United Kingdom-registered airlines were reported for the last decade for which figures are available; and what the...

      Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of people from the bottom 10 per cent. of income earners travelled by air in each year from 2000 to 2002.

      Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from individuals and organisations opposed to an expansion in air travel in the last 12 months.

      Aircraft Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will press the International Civil Aviation Organisation to examine the issue of night flights and aircraft noise at their next meeting.

      Aircraft Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will press the International Civil Aviation Organisation to examine the issue of air pollution caused by aircraft at their next meeting.

      Arson (Railways)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents of arson on the railways there have been since March 2002, broken down by (a) train operating company and (b) line.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) local authorities and (b) major bus operators on bus re-regulation.

      Consultancy Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many consultancies were commissioned by his Department in the last two years for which figures are available; and what the cost of those contracts was.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total value was of (a) technical and financial contracts, (b) technical consultants used on a call-off basis and (c) financial consultants...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by predecessor departments on external consultants in matters relating to transport in each year since 1997, broken down by (a)...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) technical and financial contracts, (b) technical consultants used on a call-off basis and (c) financial consultants used on a...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by his Department and its predecessors on external research and consultants in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04 to date,...

      Decommissioning (American Ships)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 13 November 2003, Official Report, column 436W, on decommissioning (American ships), what steps he is taking to ensure...

      Departmental Expenditure (Official Residences)

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

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 30 June 2003, Official Report, column 2W, on driving licences, if he will make a statement on the nature of the detailed...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the dates of meetings of the EU Committee for senior labour inspectors during the Danish and Greek presidencies, what items were on...

      M6 Toll

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the operators of the M6 toll will be required to contribute towards the policing costs of the road.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 13 November, Official Report, column 436W, on Decommissioning (American Ships), (a) for what reasons and (b) in what...

      Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) market research in the last financial year; and if he will make a statement.

      Mobile Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidelines and advice he has issued to business employers on the ban on the use of mobile telephones while driving; and which business and...

      National Travel Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Bath of 3 June 2003, Official Report, column 72W, on the National Travel Survey, if he will break down...

      Off-road Cycleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of off-road cycleways there are in each county in England; and what the projected increase in off-road cycleways is over the next (a)...

      Overflight Restrictions (Germany)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations have been made by his Department to (a) the German Government, (b) the European Commission and (c) the Council of Ministers in...

      Pilotage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he is informed when pilot services are offered to vessels about to navigate United Kingdom waters.

      Pilotage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what rules govern pilotage in United Kingdom waters.

      Pilotage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what liaison took place between the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and their French counterparts concerning the route taken by the US ships (a)...

      Public Subsidy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the level of public subsidy is (a) per passenger mile travelled, (b) per passenger and (c) per head of population for (i) rail, (ii) light rail...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fatalities and (b) serious injuries were incurred as a result of railway incidents in each year since 1973.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Network Rail on the implications for rail safety of the recent reduction in the number of managers with safety...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the recommendations on rail safety made by Lord Cullen and Professor Uff being worked on by the industry which (a) have not been...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the final reports into the rail crashes at (a) Hatfield and (b) Potters Bar to be published.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the British Transport Police to conclude their investigations into the rail crash at Potters Bar.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many derailments there were in each month of the last year.

      Rail Ticket Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the percentage price increase for (a) peak and (b) off peak journeys for each of the privatised rail company areas in each year since...

      Rail Ticket Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average cost per mile of rail travel in each EU country was in the last year for which figures are available, based on standard return fares.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of railway line there are in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland which are defined as (i) primary route, (ii) London and South East commuter...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains departed from London King's Cross Station without advertised (a) first class accommodation and (b) refreshment facilities, in the first...

      Railways and Transport Safety Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the provisions of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 relating to blood alcohol levels in pilots, flight crew and other...

      Road Accidents (Deer)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents were caused by deer running onto the carriageway in each of the last five years; in how many incidents (a) injury and...

      Security (Ports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many breaches of security have taken place at UK ports in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) region, (b) port and (c) type of breach.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which roads are fitted with SPECS speed cameras.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which department will receive the money generated by fines from the SPECS speed cameras.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to introduce SPECS speed cameras in the South West.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from motoring organisations about SPECS speed cameras.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the M4 section between Theale and Membury services is wired for SPECS speed cameras.

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will list the (a) technical consultants and (b) financial consultants used by the Strategic Rail Authority since 7 January on a call-off...

      Terrorism (Railways)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents of (a) terrorist activity and (b) suspected terrorist activity were recorded by (i) the British Transport Police and (ii) other...

      Trams (Edinburgh)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with Transport Initiatives Edinburgh regarding the proposed tram lines connecting Edinburgh city centre with...

      Transport for London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what powers Transport for London has (a) to undertake prudential borrowing, (b) to raise finance on the financial markets and (c) to issue bonds.

      Transport Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff (a) were employed in 2002 and (b) are employed in each key area of the railway industry; what the total requirement for staff in each...

      Transport Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were employed in his and predecessor departments on functions relating to transport (a) full-time and (b) part-time, broken down by (i)...

      Transport Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were employed by agencies with functions relating to transport (a) full-time and (b) part-time, broken down by (i) units and (ii)...

      US Warships (Disposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he will take to control the route of US ships bound for dismantling in Hartlepool.

      Vehicles (Tinted Windows)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 17 November 2003, ref.138737, if he will place a copy of the guidelines in the Library.

      Wind Speeds (Severn Bridge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the wind speeds at the M48 Severn Bridge were at (a) 05:00, (b) 07:00, (c) 09:00, (d) 11:00, (e) 13:00 and (f) 15:00 hours on 3 November.

  • Education and Skills

    • Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the timetable is for the introduction of computer systems to (a) monitor the activities of child protection agencies and (b)...

    • Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the social services departments that have introduced a computer system (a) to monitor the activities of child-protection...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the implications of the transfer of responsibility for the Child Benefit Office to the Inland Revenue, with...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make it his policy to insert into the Green Paper on Children at Risk a requirement for risk assessment in contact cases...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment was made of the risk to children and young people in domestic violence situations in drawing up the Green Paper on Children...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what further consultation will take place with young people about the services and facilities they need following the publication of the...

      Computer Science Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of computer science graduates remain unemployed for 12 months or more following graduation.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the most recent weekly contributions made by each local authority for children in foster care up to the age of 17 were; what these...

      Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications were made to Ofsted for registration of day care facilities in the last three years in (a) Leeds and (b) England; and...

      A-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in each local education authority obtained an A-level in (a) physics, (b) chemistry, (c) German, (d) a modern foreign...

      Abusive Parents (Visitation Rights)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what measures are being taken to change the system whereby abusive parents can gain visitation rights to their children; (2) how many...

      Adult and Community Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on recent trends in (a) enrolment to and (b) funding of courses in adult and community education.

      Agriculture Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many admissions there were to agriculture courses at universities and agricultural colleges in each of the last 10 years.

      "Building Schools for the Future"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will approve the bid made by the London Borough of Wandsworth under the "Building Schools for the Future" initiative.

      Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Project Board to integrate finance, communication, human resources and case recording systems has been established by CAFCASS.

      Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) when CAFCASS practitioners will have the facility to amend the computerised records of the children with whom they work; (2) what...

      Childhood Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he has had with other Departments about implementing a strategy to tackle childhood obesity.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children's centres there are in the United Kingdom; what plans he has to increase the number; and how many children each centre...

      Children's Commissioner for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what duties the post of Children's Commissioner for England will entail; and when the work force planning unit will be created; (2)...

      Children's Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many inspectors of homes that care for children were carried out in Somerset in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Children's Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills where homes in Somerset which are used to have children in care are located.

      Children's Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the private companies which look after children in care in Somerset.

      Children's Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children are in care in Somerset; and which counties they come from.

      Commonwealth Education Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) budget and (b) actual cost was of the 15th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers held in Scotland last month.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his definition of a universal service is in relation to Connexions.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what minimum number of hours of careers and education advice each young person aged 13 to 19 can expect to receive from the Connexions Service.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many personal advisers were employed by each Connexions Partnership in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average caseload of Connexions personal advisers working with people aged 13 to 19 who are (a) in school, (b) in college and (c)...

      Connexions

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

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people aged 13 to 19 in (a) school and (b) further education college were identified as needing intensive support by Connexions in...

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of the total number of Connexions personal advisers possess an NVQ Level 4, or equivalent, in (a) careers, (b)...

      Contact Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many contact centres there are in Wales; who is responsible for the funding of these centres; and what plans he has to increase the...

      Bechtel

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his answer of 17 November 2003, reference 138562, for what reason he describes his letter of 11 April to the hon. Member for...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will set out the basis for his statement in his letter of 11 April to the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme that he could not run...

      Director of Children's Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list those local authorities that have a Director of Children's Services; and on what date the post was created in each case.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his answer of 4 November 2003, Official Report, column 579W, if he will estimate how much it would cost to provide an education...

      Education Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the percentage share of budget devoted to education revenue accounts by each English education authority for each of the...

      Education Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of GDP the United Kingdom spent on (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) higher education in the last year for which figures...

      Examination Results (Appeals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research he has commissioned into the reasons for the changes on appeal of (a) AS and (b) A2 examinations; and if he will make a statement.

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to encourage conversion of (a) existing courses and (b) qualifications at Higher National Diploma level to foundation degrees.

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many people are studying for foundation degrees at (a) universities, (b) higher education colleges and (c) further education...

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will list by (a) course and (b) institution the number of students who obtained foundation degrees in 2003; (2) how many...

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students enrolled for foundation degrees in 2003, broken down by (a) course and (b) institution.

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average annual cost of a foundation degree course was in the last year for which figures are available; and what the cost was of a...

      Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what amount of central government grant per head was paid to each local education authority in England in the last financial year for which...

      Graduate Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 12 November 2003, Official Report, columns 347–48W, on graduate tax, if he will provide the references in...

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list for each of the last five years in each of the local education authorities retaining grammar schools the percentage of...

      Higher/Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what resources have been allocated to (a) higher education and (b) further education for each of the last five years in (i) the West...

      Higher/Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students he estimates enrolled on courses of study for (a) Higher National Diploma and (b) foundation degrees in each of the last...

      Higher/Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) GCSE year and (b) sixth form students have continued to higher education in (i) the North West and (ii) England in...

      Higher/Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) GCSE and (b) sixth form students have continued to higher education in (i) Somerset, (ii) the South West of England...

      Higher/Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what percentage of young people from (a) the North West Region, (b) Merseyside, (c) St Helens and (d) England took up places in higher...

      Higher/Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to increase the number of students in higher education establishments in (a) the North West region, (b) Merseyside and (c)...

      Higher/Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what additional funding he plans to transfer to the National Assembly for Wales pursuant to his plans to devolve responsibility for higher...

      Higher/Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will publish the latest research he has received on (a) participation rates and (b) drop-out rates in higher education by (i)...

      Higher/Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department has taken to promote better financial understanding in schools and colleges of the changes contained in the White...

      Imams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many institutions in the United Kingdom provide training for those wishing to qualify as imams; how many places each offered in...

      Maintenance Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with colleagues from other Departments regarding increasing annual maintenance grants above those proposed in...

      "Making Contact Work"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action his Department is taking to implement the recommendations of the report, "Making Contact Work".

      Market Research

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

      Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) market research in the last financial year; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many medical students there were in each year since 1992; and how many medical students are attending Hull York Medical School in its...

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what evaluation he has made of employer response to the introduction of modern apprenticeships.

      Neighbourhood Support Fund (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people in (a) Leeds and (b) Leeds, West have been reached by the neighbourhood support fund.

      NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on services provided to his Department by NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd. since 1977.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people have been employed by each of the non-departmental bodies directly funded by his Department on a (a) part-time, (b)...

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what studies have been carried out on the impact of school closure on educational attainment of former pupils relocated to a different...

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools were closed following an Ofsted inspection in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 27 October, Official Report, column 76W, how many Ofsted inspectors in the Teacher Education Division were...

      Performance Monitoring

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

      Performance Monitoring

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

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are being taken to ensure that girls are receiving the minimum two hours physical education in school a week.

      Pre-school Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions he has had on pre-schooling; what plans he has to expand high-quality pre-school care; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Schools (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many special needs teachers were employed in primary schools by Essex county council on 1 September.

      School Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was paid in VAT on school buildings in the last three years.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what Surrey's change in funding was following the new funding arrangements for schools introduced in December 2002; what the national...

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether, in relation to the Government's education grant to Surrey in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04, allowance was made for (i)...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether (a) providers and (b) procurers of school meals are required to complete an assessment exercise which addresses the issues contained...

      Secondment

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

      Selective Education (Ethnic Minorities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils of each local authority which retains selective education in (a) grammar schools, (b) secondary modern schools or...

      Silent Aeroplanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will provide funds to Cambridge University for research into silent aeroplanes.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in each local authority receive additional support through the code of practice on special educational needs; and what...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes have taken place in the number of children in (a) nursery, (b) primary and (c) secondary education with statements of special...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to develop common definitions of need for children with special educational needs.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total amount spent by Somerset county council on special needs teaching was in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) technology, (b) sports, (c) arts, (d) languages, (e) engineering, (f) science, (g) mathematics and computing and (h)...

      Student Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students were on courses leading to (a) ordinary national diplomas, (b) higher national diplomas and (c) foundation degrees in each...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost was to his Department per pound loaned of subsidising loans from the Student Loans Company in the last year for which figures...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent reports he has received into student attitudes towards debt if they are from family backgrounds with (a) lower incomes, (b)...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, (1) what information he has collated on the percentage of students from (a) lower income, (b) middle income and (c) upper income...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the waiver for part-time students on income support will be available for those reading post-graduate courses who have not...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Bath and North East Somerset are benefiting from the Sure Start programme.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 6 October 2003, Official Report, column 1146W, on Sure Start, (1) what constitutes contact in the context of...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding his Department has allocated to the Sure Start programme in Battersea constituency since its establishment; and how it has been...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of children at day nurseries sponsored by Sure Start are (a) paying full fees for care and (b) receiving financial help,...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children are attending Sure Start day nurseries.

      Teachers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers in Surrey were eligible for the higher salaries scale payable only to experienced teachers in each of the last four years.

      Teachers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many newly qualified teachers employed in (a) Surrey, (b) Kent, (c) Sussex and (d) Hampshire in the last 12 months have started on...

      Teachers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the costs of higher salaries for experienced teachers has been met by central Government in Surrey, in each of the last...

      Teaching Vacancies

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

      Teenage Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many 16 to 18 year olds not in education, employment or training there were in each year since 1992.

      Top-up Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, who will pay the planned maximum top-up fee of £3,000 for (a) a Welsh, (b) a Scottish and (c) a Northern Ireland student attending an...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will advise local education authorities that they should seek a conditional discharge from magistrates when taking lone parents to...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much a secondary teacher on national average earnings will pay towards the proposed graduate contribution scheme each year until the...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the income of (a) cohabiting partners and (b) new partners as a result of remarriage is taken into account in the assessment of...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the proportion of home students at each higher education institution who are (a) fully and (b) partly exempt...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to ensure that any increase in the level of tuition fees will not have an adverse impact on the (a) supply, (b) retention,...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of variable tuition fees on social access to higher education in the United States contained...

      Undergraduate Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people applied to study undergraduate degrees in (a) law, (b) medicine, (c) engineering, (d) nursing, (e) education and (f)...

      Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) applications and (b) applications per place were received to read (i) biology, (ii) English, (iii) geography, (iv) history,...

      Website

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

      Youth Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) representations and (b) discussions he has had in the last 12 months with (i) Connexions and (ii) other agencies on young people...

  • House of Lords

    • Immigration Detainees: Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list the permissions granted to officials from Ministries of the Interior of foreign countries, and the number of detainees seen on each visit.

    • Immigration Detainees: Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 4 November (WA 99), whether they will take steps to ensure that detainees held in prisons and...

      Gulf War 1990–91: Vaccines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 9 October (WA 67), how the multiple vaccination process was changed since 1990–91; and for what reasons.

      Gulf War 1990–91: Vaccines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 28 October (WA 25), whether they will provide a substantive answer to the question asked by the Lord Morris of...

      Iraq: Prisoners Held by Allied Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners are now held by allied forces following military combat in Iraq; how many have been brought before a tribunal to determine their status under...

      War Memorials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy towards the financing of major public monuments to the memory of those who participated in battles of historic importance to the United Kingdom.

      BAE Systems and Al Yamamah Arms Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to investigate allegations of fraud and bribery of officials with regard to BAE Systems and the Al Yamamah arms contracts; and whether the...

      Armed Forces Pension Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current cost to individual members of the Armed Forces pension scheme of the benefits it confers; and when and by how much the cost to them has changed...

      Criminal Appeal Office: Waiting Times

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the average time between the lodging of an application for leave to appeal against a conviction in the Crown Court after a trial on indictment and, where...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made, and what remains to be done, to prepare Ministers of the Crown and the Civil Service for the coming into force of the Freedom of...

      Civil Courts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Filkin on 6 October (WA 9), what negative impact the Government's decision not to allocate funds to modernise the civil...

      Credit Card Interchange Fees:OFT Investigation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Office of Fair Trading has taken three years to start investigating interchange fees on credit cards after concerns were first raised.

      Business Competitiveness Rankings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why in one year the United Kingdom has fallen from 11th to 15th place in the World Economic Forum's overall competitive ratings.

      Broadband

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of Internet-enabled households currently access Internet services offering speeds of 512 kbps and above.

      Broadband

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Internet-enabled households subscribed to Internet services offering speeds of 512 kbps and above in each year since 1999.

      Food Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action has been taken to promote to other European member states the methodology for establishing safe levels of nutrient intake adopted by the Expert...

      Food Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What specific plans they have to liaise at political level with other European Union member states as part of their strategy for achieving the best possible...

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Private Patient Income

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the cap on private patient income included in the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill allows some flexibility for the independent...

      Nutrition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the most recent Diet and Nutrition Survey was published; what percentage of women aged 35–49 years were found to have daily folic acid intake of less...

      Nutrition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Health Development Agency and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence have access to copies of very low carbohydrate diets revisited by Jeff S...

      UNAIDS: Questionnaire

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to submit their report, under the United Nations General Assembly agreements made in 2001, on how they are tackling HIV and AIDS.

      London Railway Lines: Power Supply

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 5 November (WA 119), from what dates each of the affected railways' lines serving London will have...

      Independent International Commission on Decommissioning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) what has been the total cost of the IICD since it was appointed; (b) what has been the contribution of the Government of the Republic of Ireland towards that...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 9 September, what progress has been made in the provision of pensions for staff of the implementation bodies.

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8 September (WA 5), whether all the bodies have now supplied final accounts for 2000, 2001 and 2002 to the...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: bjc Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10 September (WA 122) concerning consultation about the 2003 budget with the Ulster Scots Agency,...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With regard to the budgets for 2004 of the cross border implementation bodies: (a) on what date each body supplied a business case to the appropriate department...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any expected underspend during 2003 for each of the cross-border implementation bodies; if so, which bodies may be underspent and by how much; and...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the expected underspends during 2003 of the cross-border implementation bodies will affect their budgets for 2004.

      North/South Language Body: Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure have not arranged extra budget for the Language Implementation Body agreed in June.

      North/South Language Body: Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What role the North/South Ministerial Council has in ensuring that the decision-making process for North/South bodies is correctly applied; and how any such role...

      North/South Language Body: Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11 June (WA 44) what is meant by "the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs advised the...

      Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many staff there are in the Linguistic Diversity Branch of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure; and what are its annual running costs.

      Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Since 1999 what "future searches" have been carried out by the Northern Ireland Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure; how much each cost; when they were...

      Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many economists are employed by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure; what are their qualifications; and how they were selected.

      Ulster-Scots Community: Parity of Esteem

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they mean by "acts of completion" as used in the Joint Declaration regarding the Belfast agreement; and whether parity of esteem for the Ulster-Scots...

      Northern Ireland Prison Service: Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prison officers in Northern Ireland were approached by the Police Service of Northern Ireland about their security as the result of the raid on Sinn Fein...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the fitness test for entry into the Police Service of Northern Ireland is still in place; and if not, why.

      UK Bilateral and Multilateral Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much (i) bilateral and (ii) multilateral official development assistance they provided to the following countries for the most recent year for which figures...

      Northern Ireland Office: Questions for Written Answer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to shorten the time taken by the Northern Ireland Office in answering Questions for Written Answer.

      Ulster-Scots Agency: Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11 June (WA 44), whether the reduced budget for 2003 for the Ulster-Scots Agency was set by a department of...

      Iraq: Legality of Armed Force

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Minister was responsible for deciding to authorise publication of the Attorney-General's view of the legal basis for the use of force against Iraq while...

      Iraq: Legality of Armed Force

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How it is possible to obtain an accurate account of the basis upon which they decided that the use of armed force against Iraq was lawful from a summary of the...

      Sudan: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they are making to the Sudanese Government against the sentence of double amputation on a 16 year-old Sudanese boy.

      UK-China Human Rights Dialogue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the next United Kingdom-China Human Rights dialogue will be held; and whether, in any discussion of religious freedom, they will express concern about death...

      Guantanamo Bay: British Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to page 19 of the annual report of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Human Rights, whether at the time of the last United Kingdom visit to...

      Iraq: Death Penalty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the President of the United States during his State visit that the United Kingdom is opposed to the death penalty under...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many carcasses of red deer, other deer and wild mammals have been examined in each of the past 10 years; and how many were found to be infected with bovine...

      Farms: Tuberculosis Testing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the survey carried out by the British Cattle Veterinary Association published in May 2003, which showed that 48 per cent of farms listed as being overdue...

      European Union Fishing Laws: UK Breaches

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What breaches by the United Kingdom of the European Union fishing laws have been revealed by the European Commission; what action they intend to ascertain the...

      Potatoes: Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How often imported potato stock is tested for disease control purposes.

      Potatoes: Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Government of the Netherlands carry out checks on potatoes exported to the United Kingdom.

      Potatoes: Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek compensation from the Netherlands following the outbreak of potato ring rot.

      Potatoes: Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps the Dutch authorities are taking with regard to placing restrictions on potato movements from the farm of origin and from contiguous farms.

      Potatoes: Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the contingency plans for the control of potato disease were last reviewed.

      Potatoes: Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many inspections were carried out in the last year for which figures are available on potato seeds by the plant health and seeds inspectors.

      Publicly Owned Utility Companies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which European treaties or legislation are the basis for any United Kingdom regulation governing the creation and generation of publicly owned corporations which...

      Migrant Workers: Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to sign and ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families which was...

      EU Draft Constitutional Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What institutions will have responsibility for interpreting, implementing and enforcing any new constitution for the European Union.

      Belarus: Religious Freedom

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Belarus on the decree banning a number of religious organisations, including the Ahmadiyya Muslims.

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