Written answers

Monday, 5 January 2004

  • Leader of the House

    • Sitting Hours

      To ask the Leader of the House how many representations have been made to his Office which are (a) for and (b) against (i) the present sitting hours of the House and (ii) September sitting of the...

  • Treasury

    • Banking Payments System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give new powers to the Office of Fair Trading to enable it to address competition issues within the banking payments system; and if he will make...

    • Banking Payments System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what evidence he has based his decision to adopt a non-legislative route to tackle competition issues within the banking payments system; and if he will...

      Banking Payments System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with (a) the banking industry and (b) small business organisations in relation to competition within the banking payments...

      Iraqi Money

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are being taken to trace funds which may have been deposited in UK banks by members of the former Iraqi regime; and if he will make a statement.

      Income and Corporation Taxes Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures have been used by the Inland Revenue to notify small businesses of their obligations under section 660A of the Income and Corporation Taxes...

      Income and Corporation Taxes Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue has been raised under section 660A of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 in each of the past six years.

      Income and Corporation Taxes Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the impact that backdating payments under section 660A of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 will have on small businesses.

      Income and Corporation Taxes Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many inquiries the Inland Revenue has received from small businesses in regard to section 660A of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

      Income and Corporation Taxes Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies have (a) been investigated for possible contraventions of section 660A of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 and (b) had action...

      Income and Corporation Taxes Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent information has been made available to small businesses about how section 660A of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 will be applied; and...

      National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) names of, (b) positions of and (c) length of pre-release access for Office for National Statistics staff, excluding those who have...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on what grounds children of asylum seekers would be taken into care under his proposals to change asylum laws; (2) who will be...

    • Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of UK immigration policies on the health services of developing countries, with particular...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the numbers likely to be imprisoned under Clause 2 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department where, in his proposals for a new asylum and immigration appeals system, the burden of proof will lie for establishing that a person has...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his latest estimate is of the number of asylum seekers in the United Kingdom; and how many of them are illegal asylum seekers.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of asylum applicants granted (a) asylum, (b) exceptional leave to remain, (c) humanitarian protection and (d) discretionary...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances there have been of asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo being deported to their homeland and refused...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers have been deported to Gaza in each of the last 12 months; and to which (a) ports and (b) airports they were...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been refused support in each of the last six months under section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers from (a) Somalia, (b) Afghanistan and (c) Iraq have been deported in each of the last six months.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with which countries the (a) UK and (b) EU has agreements concerning the re-documentation of illegal immigrants found in the UK.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal entrants have been discovered at (a) Dover and (b) other UK ports in the last 12 months; and what percentage have been...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of UK ports have more than 10 full-time UK immigration officials in post.

      Child Protection Referrals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many child protection referrals have been made to local area child protection committees by each young offender institution since January.

      Corporate Killing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the likely impact of a corporate killing Bill on British business.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 30 October from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. J. Ferns.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham of 15 September, reference PO 13772/3.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 4 November from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. R. Amjad.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 4 November from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Riaz Amer.

      Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to place the findings of the 2002 exercise on crime and disorder reduction partnerships and their implications for nuisance...

      Custody Death Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken to ensure that investigations into deaths in prison or police custody are (a) independent, (b) thorough, (c) in...

      Highly Skilled Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many highly skilled migrants have been accepted in each year since the inception of the highly skilled migrant programme, broken down by...

      Identity Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted as a result of the actions taken by the Immigration Crime Team...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which decisions by his Department were challenged by judicial review in each session since 1997; and in how many cases the (a) Department's...

      Juvenile Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juvenile prisoners have been refused early release on home detention curfew because they had no suitable accommodation in each of...

      Juvenile Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been transferred out of secure training centres to prisons for reasons of bad behaviour in each of the last 12 months.

      Juvenile Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on the use of special cells in young offender institutions; and if he will place copies in the Library.

      Paedophiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions there have been of paedophiles as a result of photographs taken of children at (a) school nativity plays, (b) school...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent progress has been made in improving adult prisoner (a) literacy and (b) numeracy.

      Prisons (Suicide Prevention)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the budgets of HM Prison Service establishments holding females has been specifically dedicated to suicide prevention in...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on (a) offences for which sexual activity in public lavatories may be prosecuted and (b) the suitability of those...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost to date has been of detaining suspects held under Part 4 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.

      Unregistered Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been stopped trying to enter the United Kingdom on unregistered ships in each of the last 10 years.

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that gender specific suicide and self-harm figures are (a) reported to Parliament and (b) monitored by the...

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under HM Prison Service's plans to manage the Women's Prison Estate geographically instead of functionally (a) what safeguards will be put in...

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of children under 18 years of age whose mothers are in prison, where the mother is the child's...

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to survey the women's prison population to determine prisoners' home locations in order to facilitate resettlement.

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's strategy is for improving the level of support available to prisoners who have been victims of (a) domestic violence...

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in extending the First Night in Custody Project from HMP Holloway to all female prison establishments.

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the female prisoners who committed suicide had previously been identified as at risk through the use of the HM Prison...

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure (a) that women prisoners have equal access to bail information and (b) that the information available is...

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what counselling and support is available in women's prisons to assist prisoners who have been victims of (a) domestic violence and (b)...

      Working Holidaymakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many working holidaymakers have been accepted in each of the last two years for which figures are available, broken down by country of origin.

  • Defence

    • "Delivering Security in a Changing World"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect on Northern Ireland of the Defence White Paper, "Delivering Security in a Changing World"; and if he will make...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the plan to reduce the size of the two Royal Navy aircraft carriers.

      Armoured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the operational availability is of (a) FV430 series, (b) CVR (T) and (c) Saxon, broken down by unit; and what the overall availability targets are...

      Arms Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the allegations of fraud and bribery in relation to the Al Yamamah arms contracts.

      Army Strength

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the present shortfall is in army personnel.

      Army Strength

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current deployed strength is of (a) Queen's Royal Hussars, (b) 1st Battalion, The Light Infantry, (c) 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of...

      Attitude Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of respondents to the last assessed Royal Navy/Royal Marine Continuous Attitude Survey responded (a) A great deal, (b) Quite...

      Attitude Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of respondents to the last assessed Royal Navy/Royal Marine Continuous Attitude Survey responded Yes to Question 25.4; and...

      Attitude Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many respondents to the last assessed Royal Navy/Royal Marine Continuous Attitude Survey who responded Yes to Question 25.4 then responded (a) I do...

      Attitude Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of respondents to the last assessed Royal Navy/Royal Marine Continuous Attitude Survey responded (a) Very satisfied, (b)...

      Attitude Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of respondents to the last assessed Royal Navy/Royal Marine Continuous Attitude Survey responded (a) I am leaving and I have...

      Attitude Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of respondents to the last assessed Royal Navy/Royal Marine Continuous Attitude Survey responded (a) 70, (b) 77 and (c) 82...

      Chemical Weapons (United Kingdom)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what quantities of chemical weapons are stored in the UK; whether Agent Orange has ever been (a) stored in the UK and (b) used by UK forces; and if he...

      Decommissioning (UK Naval Ships)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the Government's policy is regarding the break-up, recovery and recycling of United Kingdom naval vessels; (2) which United Kingdom naval...

      Defence Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the Defence Fire Service stations located in Scotland; how many (a) civilian personnel and (b) service personnel are employed at each;...

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Depleted Uranium Oversight Board was first set up.

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what health and safety guidance is given to Service men and women in relation to their work where areas may be contaminated with depleted uranium; and if...

      Equipment Upgrades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there will be further investment in and upgrades of (a) SkyNet 5, (b) Bowman, (c) Falcon and (d) Watchkeeper.

      Fair Trade Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is the policy of his Department to use fair trade products, as a matter of course, in (a) sales on Departmental premises and (b) receptions...

      Future Rapid Effects Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the plan to procure future rapid effects systems, with particular reference to (a) costs, (b) efficiency and (c) potential...

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make an announcement on the contract for the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft project.

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the withdrawal of Sea Harrier fighters over the next five years.

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) the availability and (b) the value for money of spare parts for RAF GR7 and GR9 Harriers compared with Sea Harriers.

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on (a) repair and (b) upgrading of RAF Sea Harrier fighters within the last 18 months.

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much he estimates it would cost to adapt the planned RAF GR7 and GR9 Harriers to accommodate (a) air-to-air radar and (b) the beyond visual range...

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to provide RAF GR7 and GR9 Harriers with further air defence capabilities in addition to the provision of Sidewinder missiles.

      HMS Echo/HMS Enterprise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on why (a) HMS Echo and (b) HMS Enterprise are not in service; for how long they will be laid up; and what the annual cost of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many road traffic (a) accidents and (b) deaths involving UK services personnel there have been in Iraq in each month since March; and how many...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many claims for compensation have been submitted by Iraqis in connection with fatalities allegedly involving British Forces since 1 May.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much compensation has been paid by UK authorities in (a) Basra and (b) all of Iraq for injuries caused by UK forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give an update on United Kingdom operations in Iraq as part of Operation Telic.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the level of deployment of (a) armoured Land Rovers, (b) Puma helicopters and (c) Gazelle helicopters to Iraq in relation...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the UK (a) naval and (b) air components deployed in the Gulf.

      Kosovo

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

      Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by his Department in 2002–03 was introduced to implement EU requirements.

      Military Personnel (Psychiatric Treatment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list private mental health establishments used by his Department for treatment of military personnel in each of the last six years; and what...

      Queen's Lancashire Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) recruitment in the Queen's Lancashire Regiment and (b) the future of the Regiment.

      Queen's Lancashire Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment were deployed in Iraq.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many claims for payment for visa support and visa-related services by the Saudi Government have been endorsed since 1 January 1997 by staff of his...

      Seawolf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Seawolf Mid-life Update programme; and what slippage there has been in the project.

      Service Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the formula to be applied to compensation payable to ex-servicemen wrongly taxed on their service attributable pension will provide a return on...

      Staffordshire Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Staffordshire Regiment following the publication of the Defence White Paper on 11 December.

      Subcontractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on his policy with regard to bringing the delivery, cost and quality records of potential subcontractors to the notice...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of members of the Territorial Army have been paid on time in each of the last 12 months.

      Type 45 Destroyer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to alter the planned number of Type 45 destroyers to be purchased over the next decade.

  • International Development

    • Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with specific reference to Angola, what the indicators are that define a good poverty reduction strategy paper; and what the criteria...

    • Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid his Department is providing to Colombia, with particular reference to aid to (a) help the development of civil society, (b)...

      Disabled Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many senior civil servants in his Department are disabled, expressed in (a) numbers and (b) as a percentage of whole-time equivalents.

      Emergency Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action is being taken to respond to emergency food needs in (a) southern Mozambique and (b) Lesotho.

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on assistance being provided in Eritrea.

      EU Aid (Fraud)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the subject of fraud in EU aid programmes.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with representatives of non-governmental organisations about the proposal in the Draft European...

      Give as You Earn Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what percentage of staff in his Department contribute to a charity through the Give as You Earn scheme; how much money is...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding the Government provided for HIV/AIDS programmes in (a) Burundi, (b) Democratic Republic of the Congo, (c) Rwanda and (d)...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of children orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS in (a) Burundi, (b) Democratic Republic of the...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the HIV/AIDS situation in the countries of the Great Lakes Region in Africa.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the average wage paid to engineers from (a) Iraq, (b) the USA and (c) the UK who are working on reconstruction projects in Iraq is.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken to recruit Iraqi engineers for reconstruction programmes in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if his Department will work with the Coalition Provisional Authority to ensure that efforts are made in the forthcoming school year to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when (a) he and (b) departmental officials last met Paul Bremer (i) in Iraq, (ii) in the UK and (iii) elsewhere.

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what mechanisms his Department has available to it to encourage Rwanda to adhere to the Memorandum of Understanding.

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the notification process is for informing the Rwandan Government of any failure to adhere to the Memorandum of Understanding.

      Southern Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that the Southern Africa Hunger and Vulnerability Strategy will have sufficient resources to ensure...

      Southern Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken to ensure food aid in southern Africa is (a) only distributed where it can be demonstrated to be the best...

      Southern Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans the Government has to (a) prevent the deterioration of health and education services in southern Africa as a consequence of...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the impact of the breakdown of the world trade talks in Cancun on developing countries.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with officials from the (a) EU and (b) UN regarding human rights in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the criteria are for identifying recipients of food aid in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contingency plans are in place in the event that food needs remain unmet in (a) Zimbabwe and (b) other parts of southern Africa...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Boundary Review

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what plans the Commission has to reform the process of parliamentary boundary review.

    • Voting Procedures

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what discussions the Committee has had with the Electoral Commission on ensuring that people...

  • Transport

    • Air Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to start the consultation on a new night noise regime at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick and (c) Stansted.

    • Air Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will define the phrase 'longer term' in the context of paragraph 11.103 of, The Future of Air Transport; (2) pursuant to paragraph 11.103...

      Baa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the ownership of BAA following the publication of the Government's White Paper on aviation; and what plans he has to...

      Birmingham Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the counter proposal for a second runway produced by Birmingham International Airport is formally being considered as part of the consultation...

      Child Pedestrians (Road Accidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the location was of each incident resulting in the death or serious injury of a child pedestrian on UK roads in 2002; what the posted speed limit...

      Drink Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Department spent on advertising the Drink Drive Campaign in each year since 1997.

      Drink Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he (a) has commissioned and (b) plans to commission on the reasons for the number of drink drive fatalities.

      Drink Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the issues on which views were invited in Combating Drink Driving: Next Steps, published in February 1998; and what action has been...

      Fuel Efficiency (Road Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department will be taking to implement the EU voluntary agreement for improving average fuel efficiency for new cars.

      Fuel Efficiency (Road Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what incentives his Department is giving to the use of road transport fuels which produce the least greenhouse gas emissions.

      Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by his Department in 2002–03 was introduced to implement EU requirements.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many prosecutions have been brought by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in each of the last 10 years; and how many of them have resulted in...

      Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on marketing in each year since 1997.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which bodies are responsible for the safe use of traffic cones on motorways.

      New Airport (Thames Estuary)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to rule out, for the foreseeable future, any further schemes for a new airport in the Thames estuary.

      Pollution Tracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what use is made of satellite tracking systems in detecting pollution incidents in United Kingdom waters.

      Public Service Obligations (Air Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the compatibility of public service obligations on regional air services with European Commission regulations.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what investigation he has undertaken of the condition of signalling equipment on the rail line between Gloucester and Bristol; and what safety...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects (a) rail freight facility grants and (b) track access grants to recommence.

      Road Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement further to the recent Commission for Integrated Transport Report on proposals fundamentally to review how motorists pay to...

      Road Resurfacing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road resurfacing projects have been delayed since 2001 from their provisional or planned dates owing to value management work.

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people are employed (a) full time and (b) part time by (i) his Department and (ii) consultants engaged by his Department in supervision and...

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what statistical data safety camera partnerships are required to submit to his Department each quarter; and to what use such statistical data is put.

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fixed speed cameras there are on the A28 between Ashford and Margate.

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the uses to which surplus funds from (a) speed and (b) red light cameras are put in Essex.

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of running (a) speed and (b) red light cameras in Essex was in each of the last five years; and what the estimated costs are for the...

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were killed in road traffic accidents on Essex roads in each of the last five years.

      Traffic Management Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what salaries will be payable to traffic officers appointed under the Traffic Management Bill.

      Traffic Management Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there will be a standard national uniform for traffic officers appointed under the Traffic Management Bill; and if it will include a...

      Transport Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the outcome was of the Transport Council held in Brussels on 4 to 5 December; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including...

      US Ships (Decommissioning)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what inspections (a) have been carried out and (b) are planned into the sea-worthiness of the US Navy ships moored in Hartlepool to assess their safety...

      US Ships (Decommissioning)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment the Government has made of the (a) safety and (b) speed with which the US Navy ships moored in Hartlepool could be returned to the US...

      US Ships (Decommissioning)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his Answer of 16 December 2003, Official Report, column 794W, on US Ships (decommissioning), by whom an application could be made.

      Vehicle Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his latest estimate is of how many people are driving (a) without a licence and (b) without insurance; and how many unlicensed vehicles he...

  • Prime Minister

    • Asylum Law

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Wokingham of 15 December 2003, Official Report, column 1334, what the basis was for his statement that the United Kingdom...

    • Chechnya

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last raised the issue of human rights in Chechnya with President Putin.

      EU Policy

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the role that Roger Liddle has with respect to EU policy.

      EU Reform

      To ask the Prime Minister what progress has been made in respect of the joint letter he sent with Chancellor Schröder on the reform of the EU.

      Give as You Earn Scheme

      To ask the Prime Minister how many and what percentage of staff in his office contribute to a charity through the Give as You Earn scheme; how much money is donated to charity per month by staff...

      Public Sector Investment

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer to the right hon. and learned Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Mr. Howard) of 17 December 2003, Official Report, column 1564, what his definition...

      Romania

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what plans he has to visit Romania; (2) when he last met the Prime Minister of Romania; and if he will make a statement.

      Saddam Hussein

      To ask the Prime Minister whether former President Saddam Hussein is being held in custody as a prisoner of war under the provisions of the Geneva Convention.

      Yemen

      To ask the Prime Minister when he next plans to meet the President of Yemen.

  • Education and Skills

    • Performing Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assistance is available to children from low income families who wish to pursue careers in the performing arts; and what the most...

    • Aimhigher Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government has to expand the Aimhigher programme in Merseyside.

      Child Referrals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many referrals there have been of children up to the age of five years to social services departments in England and Wales in each year...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what strategies are being developed for supporting the children of people with no recourse to public funds.

      Children At Risk Green Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on how the Green Paper on children at risk will be taken forward; and what major issues attracted most comment...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of children taken into care in each of the past 10 years had mothers in prison service custody at the time at which they...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children under 18 there were in the care of the local authority in (a) St. Helens and (b) Merseyside in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002 and...

      Children in Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice he has issued to social services departments following the recent judgement that the Children Act 1989 applies to children in...

      Education (North-west)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children are benefiting from the Sure Start programme in (a) St. Helens South, (b) St. Helens, (c) Merseyside and (d) the North...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many qualified further education lecturers were working in further education colleges in England on the last date for which figures are...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in what circumstances further education staff members can be (a) removed from post and (b) redeployed because they do not hold specific...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which further education staff have to hold a qualification in mathematics as a prerequisite for holding their positions.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes there have been to the regulatory framework for further education in the past five years that require staff to meet specific...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds in Stoke-on-Trent who started further education courses in each year since 1997 completed their course.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list initiatives launched by his Department in each of the past three years which required (a) higher education institutions, (b)...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the implications of the introduction of compulsory identity cards for his Department.

      List 99

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in how many cases in the last five years schools have turned down a job applicant following checks against List 99.

      List 99

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what duties are placed on social services departments to pass relevant details to the Department of Health and Department for Education and...

      List 99

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is compulsory for schools to check List 99 before employing an individual; and what safeguards are in place to ensure that...

      Literacy and Numeracy Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the findings in the Ofsted report on National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy on the quality of teaching in...

      Local Education Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list for each local education authority the aggregated amount of money carried forward in its schools devolved budgets at April.

      Maintenance Loan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 15 December, Official Report, column. 666W, on higher education, at what level of parental income students will no...

      Non-resident Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether it is his policy to establish a legal presumption of contact with children for non-resident parents; (2) whether he plans to...

      Non-vocational Community Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what instructions he has given to (a) Learning and Skills Councils and (b) local education authorities regarding the provision of...

      Non-vocational Community Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the resources allocated by central Government to non-vocational community education in the years 1997–98 to 2003–04.

      Pre-school Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time nursery places were available in Warrington, North in each year since 1997.

      Pre-school Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to increase the (a) number of sessions and (b) terms for the pre-school sector in Devon.

      Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what additional financial resources he will provide to enable the pre-school sector to employ special needs co-ordinators for individual...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many local education authorities have made it a condition of supporting a school's bid for specialist status that the school does not...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialist schools have exercised their right to select pupils by aptitude.

      Speech Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will make a statement on the availability of speech and language therapists for those with special educational needs in Essex;...

      Statementing (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children have been statemented as having special needs in the constituency of Portsmouth South in each year since 2001.

      Top-up Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 3 December 2003, Official Report, column 94W, on top-up fees, when he expects to publish the regulatory impact...

      Workforce Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will place a copy of the paper, "Workforce Reform—Blue Skies", in the Library.

  • Wales

    • Children's Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list reports produced by the Children's Commissioner for Wales.

    • Disabled Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many senior civil servants in his Department are disabled, expressed in (a) numbers and (b) as a percentage of whole-time equivalents.

      Potato Ring Rot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the National Assembly of Wales about the discovery of potato ring rot in mid-Wales.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Asylum Appeals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many asylum appeal cases remitted back to the Immigration Appellate Authority by the Immigration Appeals Tribunal...

    • Entry Clearance

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many appeals against the refusal of entry clearance from Pakistan for (a) spouses, (b) fiancés, (c) dependent...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will publish the (a) procedures and (b) timetables being followed by the Government to produce the list of nominees...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many senior appointments in the administration of the European Court of Human Rights are unfilled; and for how long...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps he has taken to resolve the outstanding difficulties relating to the pensions and social security rights of...

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs who took the decision to ask the Electoral Commission to determine which regions should be selected for postal voting...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Fair Trade Products

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether it is the policy of her Department to use fair trade products, as a matter of course, in (a) sales on Departmental premises and (b) receptions and meetings...

    • Guantanmo Bay

      To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment she has made of the case for bringing charges of treason against British detainees in Guantanamo Bay upon their return to the United Kingdom.

      Timber

      To ask the Solicitor-General by what means the Law Officers' Department's policy for purchasing timber and timber products ensures that they are obtained from legal and sustainable sources.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Hutton Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list meetings and discussions that (a) his Department and (b) other Government departments have held on the report by Lord Hutton into the...

    • Hutton Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will place in the Library the official minutes for the series of running meetings on 7 and 8 July referred to during the inquiry by Lord Hutton...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs supplementary to his oral answer to question No. 4, 16 December 2003: "Given that 98.5 per cent. of the population of Gibraltar...

    • Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with representatives of other governments about restricting international arms trading; what...

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the export of arms.

      Art Acquisition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on the acquisition of works of art in each year since 1997, broken down by amounts spent on...

      Brussels Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the text referred to in the Declaration of the President of the EU as a negotiating...

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what funding his Department has given to Burundi in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003; (2) what assistance has been given...

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the leader of Burundi on preventing the supplying, training and arming of rebel groups in...

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the situation in Burundi.

      Central Asian Drugs Action Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 9 December 2003, Official Report, column 421W, on the Central Asian Drugs Action Plan, what effect the...

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what actions his Department has taken to advance the cause of human rights in Chechnya.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Chinese authorities about the case of Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche (Aa'n Zhaxi); and if he will...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he is holding with the Colombian Government on human rights and freedom for trade union activities.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make inquiries about the whereabouts of the two Colombian military officers found guilty of the murder of Manuel Capeda.

      Disabled Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many senior civil servants in his Department are disabled, expressed in (a) numbers and (b) as a percentage of whole-time...

      Draft European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons his Department (a) tabled an amendment to the draft European constitution to delete sub-clauses 2(a) to (g)...

      EU-Israel Association Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings he has had with EU counterparts to discuss Article II of the EU-Israel Association Agreement relating to...

      EU-Israel Association Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the status is of the city of Jerusalem in the EU-Israel Association Agreement.

      EU-Israel Association Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what controls exist on the import of products from illegal Israeli settlements to prevent their entry to the UK under...

      Great Lakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the use of child soldiers in the countries of the Great Lakes region in Africa.

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made since the EU's statement at the 59th Session of the Commission on Human Rights in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials from (i) his Department and (ii) other Departments have had contact with Mr. Nadhmi...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Mr. Nadhmi Auchi has advised the Government on aspects of post-conflict Iraq on an (a) informal and (b) formal basis;...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) numbers and (b) origins of non-Iraqi fighters opposed to coalition forces in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the full minutes and proceedings for meetings of the International Advisory and Monitoring Board for the Development Fund...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether United Kingdom representatives in Iraq had prior knowledge of the raid on the headquarters of the Iraqi Federation of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to provide advice on the security situation in Iraq to UK civilians offered employment there.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 9 December 2003, Official Report, column 422W, on Iraq, what information he has collated about the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next plans to visit Iraq.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his (a) Indian and (b) Pakistani counterpart concerning the alleged police killing of two...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had since 4 November with representatives of the Governments of (a) Pakistan and (b) India on progress...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what confidence-building programmes are (a) funded, (b) supported, (c) proposed and (d) initiated by his Department aimed at...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what influence the United Kingdom is exerting on the US Administration to urge it to make representations to the Israeli...

      Official Receptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on the serving of beer at official receptions.

      Pakistan (Immigration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on (a) the level of service for immigration cases provided by HM high commission, Islamabad and (b)...

      Pakistan (Immigration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many appeals from Pakistan against the refusal of entry clearance for settlement by (a) spouses, (b) fiancés, (c)...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the fairness of the recent elections in Russia.

      Strategy White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his written statement of 2 December 2003, Official Report, columns 57–58WS on the Foreign and Commonwealth...

      US-occupied Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the sites on UK territory outside the UK occupied by the US, giving in each case the (a) location, (b) acreage...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the administrative consequences for nationals of (a) the UK and (b) Zimbabwe consequent on that...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agenda 21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implementation of Agenda 21 by each local authority; and if she will make a statement.

    • Albatrosses and Petrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the Government to ratify the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels; and if she will make...

      Albatrosses and Petrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which countries have so far ratified the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels.

      Carcinogens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total amount of recognised carcinogens released to the air was in (a) England and (b) each government region in each...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the reactive cull component of the Government's randomised badger culling...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the outcome of the recent climate change meeting in Milan.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the outcome of the COP9 conference of parties to the United Nations framework convention on...

      Crop Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost to farmers arising from the over-estimation of the wheat area for this year's harvest.

      Disabled Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many senior civil servants in her Department are disabled, expressed in (a) numbers and (b) as a percentage of whole-time...

      Energy Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much energy was produced per person in (a) the UK and (b) other EU countries in 2002.

      Flood Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities wishing to take part in trials of demountable flood...

      Nuclear Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which United Kingdom nuclear sites are being considered for complementary access by safeguards inspectors from the...

      Quality Council Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advantages to parish councils and their communities will follow from an award of quality council status to that council.

      Racing Greyhounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to use the proposed Animal Welfare Bill to improve the statutory protection for the welfare of...

      Regional Producers (Wiltshire) Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 16 December 2003, ref. 143598, if she will list the public objectives of Regional Producers...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department uses a database of individual small businesses for consultation purposes.

  • Defence

    • Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of whether the epidemiological evidence available supports the existence of Gulf War Syndrome.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the composition of United Kingdom land forces in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what access is being given to Iraqi (a) civilians and (b) former military personnel to the type of biological monitoring for depleted uranium...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which British companies are known to have supplied (a) weapons and (b) weapons technology to Iraq in the 10 years prior to the Gulf war in 1991.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the roles being undertaken by reservists in Iraq.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what legal costs have been incurred in defending the retention of Fisher and Wright in HM Armed Services following their release from prison.

      Military Personnel (Psychiatric Treatment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military personnel received treatment at the Priory, Roehampton in the last year; and what the cost was.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance his Department provides to Territorial Army soldiers returning from overseas duty to secure employment.

      Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what stability problems have been encountered on test flights of the Typhoon when flying with combat loads.

      UK Sites (USA Occupation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the sites in the UK occupied by the US, giving in each case the (a) acreage and (b) purpose of occupation.

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to include wind turbines in the site development plans for Portsdown West and Porton Down; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Art Acquisition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has spent on the acquisition of works of art in each year since 1997, broken down by amounts spent on (a) paintings...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 7 November from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Shamus-un-Nissa Kayani.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 10 November from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. George Marneris.

      Crime Reduction Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much money has been invested, and how many retailers have benefited, (a) in Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East (b) in the...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applications for review of alleged wrongful conviction upon indictment have been received during each of the last eight years...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been received by the Complaints Manager at the Criminal Cases Review Commission in each of the last eight years; and...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts concerning the mutual recognition of identity cards.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the costs of the identity card scheme in the first three years of operation; and what proportion of set-up costs...

      Identity Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many incidents of identity theft have been reported to the police in each of the last 12 months; (2) what statistics are gathered...

      Information and Technology Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many information and technology projects have been initiated by his Department since 1994; (2) if he will list the information...

      Northern Ireland Troubles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make it his policy to co-opt victims of the Troubles onto the Victims' Advisory Panel; (2) how many people in Great Britain...

      Passports (Secure Delivery)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the projected cost per passport of the secure delivery service announced on 28 November is; and what the total value of the contract...

      Prison Spending

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

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change will be in (a) the National Probation Service and (b) the National Probation Directorate financial settlement for...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the (a) Warwickshire, (b) Dorset, (c) Suffolk, (d) Norfolk and (e) Gloucestershire probation areas will receive less money in real...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on failed IT projects in the Probation Service in each year since 1994.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings of the pilot group of experts on terrorism from EU states and Europol have taken place since 25 June.

      Volunteers in Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide support for the Volunteers in Action programme.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Women Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women pensioners were means-tested in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002.

    • Chronic Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many working days were lost in each of the past five years as a result of chronic back pain; and how many days were lost to mental illnesses.

      Occupational Deafness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to amend the criteria for entitlement to state benefit on the grounds of occupational deafness.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many individuals are estimated to be eligible for pension credit in Wales in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05, (c) 2005–06...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information she has collated on the take-up of broadband in each of the last five years in (a) Dudley North, (b) the West Midlands and...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of the number of broadband connected personal computers in the UK which have, unknown to the owner of the computer, been...

      Business Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what targets her Department has set for improving business innovation; and if she will make a statement on the UK's (a) G7 ranking, (b)...

      Business Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact that falling business investment has on economic growth.

      Business Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has happened to those business support schemes in existence in November 2002 which have not been closed to new business, have not been...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will publish the list of licences granted for trade with Colombia which involve the export of military equipment.

      Commission for Equality and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which agency (a) an employee and (b) an employer should approach for (i) legal advice and (ii) advocacy on discrimination and harassment on...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West of 30 September on outsourcing of jobs abroad; and what the reasons...

      Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding has been provided by her Department to finance the Business Volunteer Mentoring scheme that is managed by the National...

      Disabled Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many senior civil servants in her Department are disabled, expressed in (a) numbers and (b) as a percentage of whole-time equivalents.

      Electricity Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effects of the European Water Framework Directive and European habitat regulations on section 36 consents...

      Entrepreneurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of people going into business or becoming self-employed; what targets have been...

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether different standards on promoting equal opportunities will apply to (a) companies working on government-funded contracts and (b) those...

      Equal Treatment at Work Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department has carried out into the preparedness of United Kingdom companies for the introduction of the Equal Treatment at...

      Foreign Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what guarantees the Export Credits Guarantee Department has issued to each heavily indebted poor country in each year since 1997; what the (a)...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the implications of the introduction of compulsory identity cards for her Department.

      Industrial Development Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many grants and of what value have been made by the Industrial Development Unit in her Department; and how many new jobs have been created...

      Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by her Department in 2002–03 was introduced to implement EU...

      Manufacturing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures have been taken to promote the manufacturing industry within schools.

      Manufacturing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the change in manufacturing sector investment over the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Manufacturing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact that changes in manufacturing investment will have on the competitiveness of UK businesses.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she last met the Chairman of British Midland; and if she will make a statement.

      Motor Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding has been given by her Department to the Rover Task Force in each year since it was created.

      Nuclear Safety Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the section of the Triennial Report of the nuclear safety advisory committee, issued on 9 December 2003, on...

      Oil-fired Appliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many companies in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland undertake (i) installation and (ii) maintenance of...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Royal Mail is required to conduct environmental impact studies when considering the closure of a large number of post office...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what responsibility for defining exceptional circumstances in relation to closure under the network reinvention programme of post offices in...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many proposals for closure have been made under the Urban Reinvention Programme for the Post Office network; how many closures have...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list, for each regional development agency, its board members showing (a) for councillor members, their party and local authority...

      Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the (a) number and (b) cost of regulations imposed on business by her Department since 1997.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what additional support will be provided to Royal Mail if Postcomm's proposals to change its universal service obligations are permitted.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many small business schemes have been (a) launched and (b) proposed by (i) her Department and (ii) other Government departments since...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Treasury regarding (a) the decision to backdate payments under section 660A of the Income and...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the cost to small businesses of complying with new legislation introduced in each year since 1997.

      Venture Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent meetings she has had with leading universities to discuss improving their access to venture capital.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Thornborough Henges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the archaeological value of the Thornborough henges near Nosterfield.

    • Sports Coaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action her Department is taking to improve access to sports coaching for children after school.

      Performing Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to increase public access to national theatre, opera and ballet companies.

      Museum Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement about recent museum closures.

      Sand Yachting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's responsibilities towards sand yachting are.

      British Horse Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Office of Fair Trading with regard to their investigation into the control of British horse...

      Lottery Grants (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of Lottery grants went to Essex in the last year for which figures are available.

      Arts (Deprived Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her policy regarding development of the arts as a means of regenerating deprived areas.

      British Film Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the support for the British film industry in the pre-Budget report.

      Olympic Bid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the latest state of preparation is for the Olympic bid in 2012; and if she will make a statement.

      Audio Description

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what targets she has set for the roll-out of audio description; (2) if she will make a statement on the issues that prevent a...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the cost of the BBC Charter (a) review process and (b) public consultation.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in each financial year since 2000–01.

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total departmental budget was for each year since 1997; and what the projected figures are for the next five years.

      Departmental Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by her Department on gifts to foreign governments (a) in the last year and (b) since 1997.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of staff employed within her Department are over 55 years of age; and what (a) number and (b) percentage of staff...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by her Department on taxis for officials in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by her Department on train tickets (a) in the last year and (b) since 1997.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what information she has collated about the take-up of digital television broadcasting in (a) Dudley North, (b) the West Midlands and...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) analogue and (b) digital transmitters there are in the UK.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the timescale is for achieving full analogue switch-off; and if she will make a statement.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in the switchover to digital in the last five years.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate (a) the number of households that have access to digital television, (b) the total number of television sets in use...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which organisations have paid for the conversion of analogue transmitters; and how much each has spent in the last 10 years.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households have transferred from analogue to digital television in each of the last five years.

      Food Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what plans she has to change the current regulations on the advertising of food to children; (2) upon what evidence the...

      Football Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on football broadcasting rights and the role of the EU Commission.

      Government Car Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by her Department on the Government car service in the past year.

      Museums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received regarding the Government's museums policy.

      Museums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what targets the Government have set to increase social inclusion through museum policy; (2) what financial incentives are in...

      Museums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many museums have closed since 1997.

      Museums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make an assessment of the impact on collections in museums of the Government's free admission policy.

      Museums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make an assessment of the impact of the Government's free admissions policy on museums that are not included in the policy.

      Museums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the total Government funding to museums in real terms in each year since 1992.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has had from charities about (a) the funding they are able to generate and (b) the impact of the...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much National Lottery funding has been distributed (a) in each constituency, (b) in each region and (c) to each good cause since 1997.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much revenue was generated by the National Lottery in each year since its launch; and what the projected figures are for the next...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money has been distributed to good causes in each year since the launch of the National Lottery.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will set out her plans to give Lottery players more choice in determining where the money to good causes goes.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her plans to merge the New Opportunities Fund and the Community Fund.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to reform the National Lottery; and if she will make a statement on the timetable for the reforms.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will withdraw the departmental minute dated 2 December 2003, reporting contingent liabilities in the event of London...

      Regional Tourist Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding each regional tourist board in England has received from its regional development agency in each year since regional...

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on sport in school; (2) what targets the Government has set for the...

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many school playing fields were sold between 1992 and 1997.

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many school playing fields have been sold in each year since 1997.

      South West Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the budget is for South West Arts for 2003–04; and what percentage is spent on administration.

      South West Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment has been made of customer satisfaction with South West Arts; and if she will publish the results.

      South West Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff are employed by South West Arts.

      South West Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful applicants for funding from South West Arts in each of the last five years.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many visitors the United Kingdom received from abroad in the past five years, broken down by (a) continent and (b) country.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Post Offices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much of the sum available to support post office branches in deprived areas of England has been allocated; which post offices have benefited; and by what amount.

    • Tenancy Deposit Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to include a statutory tenancy deposit scheme in the Bill on tenancy reform.

      Decent Homes Standard

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the impact will be on the resources available to Amber Valley Housing Ltd. to spend on housing stock, if the Inland Revenue's ruling of 24 October is upheld.

      Decent Homes Standard

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how he estimates the Inland Revenue's ruling of 24 October, if upheld, will affect tenants occupying premises of (a) Herefordshire Housing Ltd, (b)...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what Wakefield Metropolitan District Council's capital receipts from the sale of council housing stock were in each year since 1997; and how much of these...

      Departmental Policies(Regent's Park and Kensington, North)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the impact of his policies on the constituency of Regent's Park and Kensington, North since 1997.

      Disabled Facilities Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to amend regulations to allow the regular outgoings of a family with a disabled child to be taken into consideration by local authorities when...

      Fenestration Self-assessment Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he has taken to ensure that work completed by a Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme registered company meets the same standards as work inspected by a...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many families have claimed to be homeless in (a) London and (b) England in each year since 1997; and how many people were homeless in (i) London and (ii)...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the Government has invested in (a) council housing and (b) social housing schemes in (i) St. Helens, (ii) Merseyside and (iii) the north-west in each...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what arrangements he has put in place to ensure that local authorities in the process of developing empty property strategies to increase housing resources and...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what arrangements he has put in place to ensure that local authorities are devoting adequate human resources to empty home strategies, with particular reference...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to provide incentives for landlords to ensure that their properties remain occupied.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what training the Government (a) has given and (b) is giving to local authorities to ensure that they are aware of the extent of their power to act as a financial...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the implications of the introduction of compulsory identity cards for his Department.

      Kirklees Council (Funding)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total change in Government funding for Kirklees Council was in each year since 1997; how much of this total came from revenue from taxation; and how much...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the number of people in receipt of disability living allowance and attendance allowance within a local authority area is taken into account in determining...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what additional resources he is giving local authorities to meet the responsibilities he recently gave them.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the procedures adopted to circulate the additional money to local councils announced in the pre-Budget Statement, with particular...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the extra amounts given to each local authority in the pre-Budget report; and what proportion of Government support already announced for...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list visits by Ministers in his Department since January 2002, broken down by (a) region and (b) county and unitary authority.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what reasons he has for allowing mobile phone masts to be erected on top of existing buildings without the need for planning permission; and if he will make a...

      Police Authority Precepts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister by how much in total police authority precepts have exceeded their grant increase over each of the past five years.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost was of establishing a website for the Elected Regional Assembly: Your Say campaign.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many copies of the information leaflet Elected Regional Assembly: "Your Say" have been (a) printed and (b) distributed in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber, (ii)...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the total cost of expenditure has been on promoting regional assemblies in each year since May 2002; (2) what the budget of the information campaign,...

      Relationship Managers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities he is assessing for (a) the introduction of relationship managers and (b) transferring the control of their services to other councils;...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what planning guidelines apply to wind farms in areas of outstanding natural beauty.

  • Treasury

    • Consumer Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much consumer spending has increased, in real terms, in each quarter since 1997.

    • Government Employees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the working population in each region of the UK is government employees.

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies have been rejected for entry into the tonnage tax scheme in each year since the system was introduced; and how many of these were...

      Unemployment (Lone Parents)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many lone parent workless households there were in each of the last three years; (2) how many children in workless households there were in each...

      Agricultural Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in the agriculture sector in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex and (e) England in each year since 1997.

      Decent Homes Standard

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Government have to compensate Amber Valley Housing Ltd. for the loss of funds resulting from the Inland Revenue ruling of 24 October 2003 to...

      Decent Homes Standard

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the Government will compensate Bradford for the loss of funds available to the Bradford and Northern Housing Association that will result from the...

      Decent Homes Standard

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government will take to compensate Forest of Dean Housing for the loss of funds arising from the Inland Revenue's ruling of 24 October 2003.

      Average Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average income was in the (a) 50 most deprived and (b) 50 most affluent wards in England in the last year for which figures are available; and what...

      Budget (Responses)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many responses his Department received to the (a) Budget 2002 summary leaflets and (b) leaflets summarising the 2002 pre-Budget report.

      Carers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reward people for caring for older relatives.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families with children were eligible for child tax credit in (a) St. Helens and (b) Merseyside in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002 and (iii) 2003.

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will offer incentives for contributions to child trust funds for those in receipt of child tax credit.

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will establish a website dedicated to providing financial education for (a) children and (b) parents on child trust funds.

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which parent will have legal responsibility for their child's trust fund should they divorce.

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what scoping exercise his Department has conducted to assess the likely contributions those on low incomes will make to child trust funds.

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what will happen to contributions and interest payments made to a Child Trust Fund while the Inland Revenue is considering whether or not a child is...

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will allow investment companies to charge a basic administration fee for Child Trust Funds which would be topped-up by a performance-related...

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether parents under 18 will be able to make decisions on trust funds for their children.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average council tax was (a) gross and (b) net of rebates as a percentage of equivalised disposable income in each income quintile for (i) pensioner...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average equivalised disposable income and (b) gross council tax in money terms was for each income quintile in 2001–02; and if he will...

      Debt Interest

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the level of central government gross debt interest in (a) 2006–07 and (b) 2008–09 derived from the projections for...

      Debt Interest

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the size of the increment in central Government gross debt interest from 2004–05 to 2005–06 relative to the size...

      Debt Interest

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the size of the increment in central Government gross debt interest between 2004–05 and 2005–06 indicated in the...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total expenditure on information campaigns and advertising was for his Department for each year since 1997.

      Domestic Business Tax Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many respondents to the recent Treasury consultation on economic instruments to improve household energy efficiency supported domestic business tax...

      Employment (Older People)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how his pre-Budget report plans for full employment will help older people who wish to remain in the labour market.

      Financial Products (Mis-selling)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what resources he is allocating to increase adult financial literacy so that parents of children with child trust funds can make informed decisions about...

      Financial Products (Mis-selling)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills about using the child trust fund to improve financial literacy for children...

      Financial Products (Mis-selling)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what resources will be available to teachers to increase their financial literacy so they are able to inform their pupils about child trust funds.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Gershon Review is expected to report.

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for (1) what reason he proposes to end gift aid tax relief on admission charges to charity venues; (2) what discussions he has had with heritage and...

      Hoechst Judgment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of tax likely to be repaid as a consequence of the European Court of Justice judgment in the Hoechst case; and how...

      Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the types of products that have been imported to the UK under preference according to the EU-Israel Association Agreement but which HM...

      IT Systems

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Inland Revenue information technology systems are being privatised; and for what reasons.

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the duty regime for liquefied petroleum gas for motor vehicles following his pre-Budget statement.

      National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that for every National Statistics first release, the full list of Ministers and officials having pre-release access to the...

      Overseas Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what precedent there is for the UK Government purchasing an overseas company; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Finance Initiative/Public Private Partnerships Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list the value of capital expenditure payments made under private finance initiative/public private partnerships contracts in each year...

      Private Finance Initiative/Public Private Partnerships Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will state the nature of the element of private finance initiative contracts that is stated when these contracts are shown on balance sheet; (2)...

      Pre-Budget Report 2003

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on his plans to look at the policy, funding and regulation activity which impacts on the private sector, referred to in...

      Pre-Budget Report 2003

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his plans to seek to ensure significant improvements in the productive time of front line public service professionals by...

      Pre-Budget Report 2003

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what deadline he has set for the significant improvements in the productive time of front line public service professionals referred to in paragraph 6.47 of...

      Pre-Budget Report 2003

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how he will measure the significant improvements in the productive time of front line public service professionals referred to in paragraph 6.47 of the...

      Pre-Budget Report 2003

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he intends to set targets for the significant improvements in the productive time of front line public service professionals referred to in...

      Pre-Budget Report Summary Leaflet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many copies of the Pre-Budget Report Summary Leaflet, "The Strength to Take the Long-Term Decisions; Seizing the Opportunities of the Global Recovery",...

      Private Sector Reviews

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reviews he has conducted since 1997 of the (a) policy, (b) funding and (c) regulation activity which impacts on the private sector; what the scope of...

      Public Service Delivery Organisations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reviews he has conducted since 1997 of the way in which (a) policy is set for, (b) funding provided to and (c) quality regulated in front line public...

      Tax Stamps (Whisky)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) the Treasury, (b) the whisky industry and (c) others of the proposed tax stamps on whisky; (2) who will...

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many teenage pregnancies there were in the last 12 months.

      Tonnage Tax Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of financial concessions to the UK shipping industry through the tonnage tax scheme in each financial year since the concession was...

      Tonnage Tax Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of (a) the tonnage tax scheme in (i) 2001–02 and (ii) 2002–03 and (b) tax paid by shipping companies in the last financial...

      Waste Management (Funding)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the waste management sector-related payments, subsidies and grants provided by the Government to (a) local authorities and (b)...

  • Health

    • Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adverse drug reactions have been reported by (a) nurses and (b) all health professionals to the electronic yellow card scheme since it was launched.

    • Age-related Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidance on the use of photodynamic therapy for...

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many trainee paramedics were employed by (a) Lincolnshire Ambulance Service and (b) each ambulance service in England and Wales on 1 December;...

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the percentage increase in emergency calls to ambulance trusts (a) over the last year and (b) over the last six years for (i) England and...

      Arrhythmias

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will extend the National Service Framework to include targets for the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias; and if he will make a statement.

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people are waiting for the fitting of hearing aids in each primary care trust, having already had an assessment; and what the average time...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will explain the methods used to arrive at his conclusions that (a) 80 per cent. of people would like to live at home rather than in a care home and...

      Communicable Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist consultants in infectious diseases there are in the UK.

      Community Health Council Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many former Community Health Council staff members have found continuing employment in the health service; how many have officially been declared...

      Complaints (Berkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what requirements were included in the contract awarded to SEAP for the provision of an independent complaints advisory service for Berkshire; (2)...

      Continuing Care (National Health ServiceResponsibilities) Directions 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish the consultation responses his Department has received with regard to the draft Continuing Care (National Health Service...

      Deaf People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many interpreters for deaf people are available in each hospital trust; (2) how many interpreters for deaf people are employed by the NHS.

      Deaf People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place to communicate with deaf mothers in labour in hospital maternity departments.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority there were in each of the last six years; and how many (i) registered...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of Castle Point residents were registered with an NHS dentist in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the impact of his Department's policies on the Regent's Park and Kensington, North constituency since 1997.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 10 December, Official Report, columns 502–3W, on departmental staff, (1) if he will list the job titles of each member...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 10 December, Official Report, columns 502–3W, on departmental staff, what the activities are of each business group.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rationale was for reducing the number of posts in his Department by 1,400; and from which policy areas the posts will be taken.

      Diagnostic and Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned for an evaluation of diagnostic and treatment centres.

      Doctors' Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the earnings of (a) a locum doctor and (b) a doctor with a permanent position within an NHS trust in the last year for which...

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many domiciliary care providers have (a) applied for and (b) met the registration standards.

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many domiciliary care providers have been registered by the National Care Standards Commission in each region.

      Drug Eluting Stents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how he plans to incorporate guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on drug eluting stents into the National Standards...

      Electronic Care Record System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what mechanism he proposes to fund the estimated cost of the planned NHS electronic care record system; and where the money for the upkeep of the...

      Electronic Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what right existing publishers will have to republish listings of jobs advertised via the electronic recruitment project; and how listings will be made...

      Electronic Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of NHS trusts required to use the electronic recruitment service to achieve the desired cost savings.

      Electronic Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to charge NHS users for the services provided by the planned electronic recruitment project; and whether NHS trusts' top line...

      EU Health Insurance Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the introduction of EU health insurance cards in the UK.

      Food Supplements Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further practical assistance will be given to industry by (a) his Department and (b) the Food Standards Agency in relation to the remaining...

      Foundation Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many expressions of interest in membership have been received for each of the first wave of foundation applicant trusts.

      Foundation Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place copies of foundation trust applications in the Library.

      Foundation Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which applicants for foundation hospital trust status have indicated to him that they are considering pulling out of the application process; and what...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are used to collect central statistics to monitor progress towards the 48-hour general practitioner access target; and if he will publish...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from primary care trusts about the effect of high property prices on general practitioners setting up new premises;...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of the adult population of England are registered with a general practitioner.

      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 England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Give as You Earn Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of staff in his Department contribute to a charity through the Give as You Earn scheme; how much money is donated to charity...

      GP Referrals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what restrictions there are on direct referral by general practitioners to (a) therapists, (b) hospital diagnostics and (c) other general practitioners...

      Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many haemophiliacs were diagnosed in each year since 1975; (2) how many haemophiliacs died from blood product acquired infections in each year...

      Health Care Commissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish a statement of the costs, with particular reference to costs relating to NHS reference costs, of commissioning (a) independent and...

      Healthy Living Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department monitors the usage of healthy living centres.

      Hospital Beds (Christmas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he has put in place to ensure adequate provision of hospital beds over the Christmas period in Waverley and Guildford.

      County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many North Durham patients chose to have operations carried out at Bishop Auckland hospital in the last 12 months; (2) how many patients have...

      County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients who are under the care of consultants in County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have been treated in the private sector,...

      County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the non-executive members of the County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals NHS Trust; and in which parliamentary constituency each lives.

      County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the costs were of establishing the County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals NHS Trust; and how much of these costs was associated with...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the impact on (a) public health and (b) NHS capacity of a new influenza strain entering the United Kingdom.

      Learning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements he has put in place for co-ordination between NHS Plus and the NHS University in the delivery of learning services to external health...

      LifeBytes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the (a) content of and (b) links from the LifeBytes website's section on sex and relationships.

      Maintenance Backlog

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the backlog maintenance cost to reach (a) estate code condition B, (b) fire safety standards and (c) health and safety standards for (i)...

      Mental Health (Drugs and Alcohol)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the provision of specialist NHS services for people who are diagnosed as having a mental illness who also have a drug or...

      Mental Health (Drugs and Alcohol)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients of mental health hospitals have been found in possession of illegal drugs while resident in the last year; and if he will make a...

      Mental Health Services (Children and Adolescents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the impact of expenditure in the last five years on mental health services for children and adolescents.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what groups he has assessed as being most at risk from and prone to mental illness resulting in them being a danger (a) to themselves and (b) to others.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many ex-offenders have in each of the last five years been (a) identified with and (b) treated for a mental illness sufficiently severe for them...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many young people leaving care have been (a) identified with and (b) treated for mental illness sufficiently severe for them to have been regarded as...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources were made available (a) centrally and (b) by health authority for the treatment both on a residential and outpatient basis of people...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential treatment facilities are open, broken down by region, for people identified with a serious mental illness; and how many facilities...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice has been issued to healthcare professionals when identifying and treating patients thought to be a danger to (a) themselves and (b) others as...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds were available in each type of facility, broken down by region, for the containment and treatment of individuals thought to be a danger to...

      Mindnseek Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of the website www. mindnseek.net; and if he will make a statement.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish guidelines setting out the circumstances in which general practitioners can record MRSA as a secondary cause of death.

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the findings of the investigation into the implementation of National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidance being undertaken will be...

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Government will put in place tracking mechanisms to monitor the implementation of NICE guidance.

      NHS Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contracts his Department has awarded to KBR; the value of the contracts; and if he will estimate the total fees to date.

      NHS Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contracts have been awarded under the NHS National Programme for information technology.

      NHS Live

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that NHS Live 2004 is not used to communicate party political messages.

      Nurse Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many international nurse recruitment agencies have failed to adhere to the code of practice on ethical recruitment; and how many such agencies NHS...

      Nurse Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish a list of nursing agencies which comply with the code of practice on ethical nursing recruitment.

      Nurse Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) salary and (b) support costs of his Department's Director of International Recruitment for Health Services are in 2003–04.

      Nurse Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which countries have made written representations to his Department regarding recruitment of nurses; and if he will make a statement.

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish advice given to the Nursing and Midwifery Council regarding (a) the title of Registered Health Visitor, (b) the Register of Health...

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates the Department has made of the potential savings to be made by preventing osteoporotic fractures.

      Patients Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the budget for each patients forum, broken down by (a) staff and (b) non-staffing costs.

      Patients Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members each patients forum had at 1 December, broken down by (a) sex and (b) ethnicity.

      Perinatal Pathologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the vacancy rates for perinatal pathologists in (a) England and (b) each region in each year since 1997.

      Pharmacy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital trusts have antibiotic pharmacists in post; and what the cost is in each case.

      Pharmacy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis it was decided that a threshold of 15,000 square metres should be used to determine which shopping developments should be exempt from full...

      Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation will meet (a) to review the clinical trials and (b) to decide on a policy on whether to...

      Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the comparative costs of (a) vaccinating children against pneumococcal disease and (b) treating the disease and its...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of NHS prescriptions has been in each of the last six years; and how much of this was recouped by prescription charges.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) free and (b) chargeable NHS prescriptions have been given in each of the last six years.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what protocols written by his Department govern incentives received by (a) general practitioners and (b) other prescribing staff to prescribe certain...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what responsibility the Commission for Health Improvement has for (a) prisoners' and (b) ex-offenders' health care.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the NHS primary care and hospital treatments complaints procedure extends to health care provided in prison.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether targets for follow-up treatment for mental health patients extend to women with histories of self-harm leaving custody.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the services he makes available to prisoners aged over 65 years.

      Psychiatrists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) rate and (b) number of vacancies for consultant psychiatrists in (i) England and (ii) each strategic health authority in each of...

      School Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each (a) strategic health authority and (b) primary care trust the number of school nurses in each year since 1996.

      School Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each (a) strategic health authority and (b) primary care trust the three month vacancy figures for school nurses in each year since 1996.

      Security Passes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in his Department in the last 12 months.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to promote a long-term public health education programme on how to reduce the risk of skin cancer; (2) what assessment his...

      Smallpox Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people (a) the Department would like to see vaccinated and (b) have so far been vaccinated against smallpox as part of the Government's plans;...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on banning smoking in public places; and what plans he has to propose legislation on this topic.

      Speech and Language Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ratio of speech and language therapists to the population was in England in each year since 1993.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the national suicide prevention strategy.

      Tinnitus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list research projects on tinnitus funded by his Department in the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Transplants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he intends primary care trusts to use the guidance set out in the Transplant Framework for England, Saving Lives, Valuing Donors, to tackle organ...

      Transplants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes have been made to transplant services since 2001.

      Transplants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure there is a transplant co-ordinator in every hospital.

      West Sussex Social Care NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by the West Sussex Social Care NHS trust on funding nurses to travel to Australia; and what the purpose of their visits was.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the overtime needed in each NHS trust arising from the implementation of the Working Time Directive.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing the EU working time directive for each (a) NHS hospital trust and (b) primary care trust in England.

      Wigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to end payments for wigs for chemotherapy patients in England.

  • House of Lords

    • House of Lords: Old Palace Yard Road Gulleys

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What was the purpose and cost of painting the cast iron road gulleys in Old Palace Yard black this autumn; and by how many years this will extend the lives of...

    • Afghanistan: Judicial Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial and personnel resources have so far been expended; what resources have been pledged; and what resources they estimate will be needed to provide...

      Iraq: Judicial Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial and personnel resources have so far been expended; what resources have been pledged; and what resources they estimate will be needed to provide...

      EU Accession Treaty: Employment in UK

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps remain to be taken, and when, to implement the assurances previously given, that citizens of states due to accede to the European Union on 1 May 2003...

      Iraq: Criminal Justice System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy towards the dual criminal justice systems in Iraq: one operated by civilians and one a military system operated by the coalition partners; and...

      Saudi Arabia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What detailed assessments they have made of the most recent human rights record and the political viability of the present governing regime in Saudi Arabia, and...

      Chechnya

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the Russian Government on the prospects of a broadly-based inclusive political process in Chechnya both to promote a...

      Israel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they voted in the United Nations General Assembly on the proposal to seek the opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legality of the wall and...

      Israel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the Cadennabia Declaration by the joint Israeli-Palestinian working group on Jerusalem, concerning the "Jerusalem Barrier".

      Israel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the most recent occasion on which they discussed with the Government of Israel all of the following issues: (a) the removal of settlement outposts from...

      Liberia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether weapons surrendered to the United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Liberia and to ECOMOG troops will be destroyed; and, if not, what will happen to them.

      Sudan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are pressing for international monitoring following recent fighting in the Darfur province of Western Sudan; and whether they will be represented in...

      Sudan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what ways they consider that international monitoring, both before and after any peace agreement for the Sudan, could be made more effective; and whether they...

      Sudan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are in favour of establishing an independent body to monitor human rights in Sudan, including the proposal to establish such a body through the United...

      Afghanistan: Constitutional Loya Jirga

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial contribution they have made to the process of elections to the Constitutional Loya Jirga in Afghanistan; and what provisional assessment they have...

      Congo: Ugandan, Zimbabwean and Angolan Armed Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the numbers of military forces of Uganda, Zimbabwe and Angola still remaining within the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and by when...

      Congo: UN Panel on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made by the UN Panel on the Illegal Exploitation of the Natural Resources of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Russia: Parliamentary Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will raise with the Government of Russia the fairness of the recent parliamentary elections.

      UK and Russia: Academic, Cultural and Sporting Exchanges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they propose to facilitate academic, cultural and sporting exchanges between the United Kingdom and Russia.

      Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was agreed at the meeting of states parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in Geneva on 27 and 28 November.

      Biological Weapons Convention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of the recent discussions in Geneva on national measures to reinforce the implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention.

      Military List

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are introducing new controls to license the activities of those who trade in military goods between overseas countries.[HL526] simone

      Overseas Territories Consultative Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of the fifth annual Overseas Territories Consultative Council.

      Terrorist Organisations: Fund-raising

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Home Secretary received a plea from relations of those murdered in the Real IRA bombing in Omagh in August 1998 asking that any new anti-terrorism...

      Fire Services Act 2003: Section 1

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to instruct all fire authorities that, when use is made of the powers granted to the Secretary of State under Section 1 of the Fire Services...

      Fire and Rescue Authorities: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the present annual increase of 4.7 per cent in spending on the Fire Service will need to change when the proposals for improved and additional services, as...

      Fire and Rescue Authorities: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much is spent annually on the Fire Service; and how this money is distributed between central and local government

      ODPM: Financial Contributions to External Seminars

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is normal practice for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to subsidise the costs of seminars being organised by external companies on legislation...

      Territorial Army: Vaccinations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current regime, including recommended intervals between doses, for vaccination of members of the Territorial Army and reservists who are being called...

      Operation TELIC: Reservists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of Her Majesty's Armed Forces still serving in Operation TELIC are reservists; and what has been the average period of absence from civilian...

      Battle of Trafalgar: 200th Anniversary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar in 2005.

      Data Protection: EC/US Discussions and UK Citizens

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, and if so under what provision, the European Commision is permitted to make an agreement with the United States to give that country personal details and...

      Inland Revenue: Tax Returns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, when a payer sends a return to a tax office which is logged as received but subsequently lost, the Inland Revenue sends notification of this to the sender.

      UK Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 9 December (WA 58) on the review of UK Sport, (a) what were its terms of reference; (b) what was...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who are the members of the working group of officials set up to provide advice on the 2012 Olympic bid; and when the working group has met.

      Passive Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take measures to ensure that non-smokers are protected from passive smoking in the workplace and in public places.

      Nutrition: Carbohydrates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to review the promotion by the Department of Health and Food Standards Agency of high carbohydrate intakes, in view of the continuing problem...

      National Health Service: Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What rules exist requiring a doctor to work in the National Health Service after receiving state-funded medical training.

      Renewable Energy: Biodegradable Solid Waste

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Energy on 31 March (Official Report, Commons, col. 506W), why the amount of biodegradable solid waste...

      Renewable Energy: Wind Farms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individual wind-driven turbines there are in (a) Wales; (b) Scotland; (c) England; and (d) Northern Ireland; and How many wind farms there are in (a)...

      Renewable Energy: Wind Farms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average cost of wind-driven turbines in United Kingdom wind farms; and What is the estimated amount of investment in wind farms in (a) Wales; (b)...

      Renewable Energy: Wind Farms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What employment opportunities have emerged consequent upon the decision to build wind farms in the United Kingdom.

      Renewable Energy: Wind Farms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of noise pollution consequent upon the building of wind farms in the United Kingdom.

      End-of-Life Vehicles Regulations 2003

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which body is responsible for commencing proceedings in Scotland for offences under the End-of-Life Vehicles Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/2635).

      Information Technology Strategy and UK Rankings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the United Kingdom has slipped from seventh in the World Economic Forum's networked readiness index rankings in 2002–03 to 15th in 2003–04; and...

      Information Technology Strategy and UK Rankings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the figures from the World Economic Forum's Global Information Technology Report, which show that the United Kingdom is eighth in the rankings in terms of...

      Employment Deductions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether accommodation or other benefits can be taken into account for the purposes of determinations in relation to: (a) the National Minimum Wage Act 1998; (b)...

      Broadband

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the Anglesey Connected programme, aimed at providing high speed Internet access to public sector institutions and facilities on the...

      Broadband

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the fees charged by British Telecom for activation of broadband connections are inflating the costs of Internet services provided by...

      Broadband

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in light of the recently announced decision of Oftel and Ofcom to require a reduction in the price of wholesale broadband supplied by British Telecom to...

      Broadband

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the fees charged for activation of broadband connections in the United Kingdom are set at adequately competitive levels; and whether the example of Italy,...

      Privacy and Electronic Communications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they have taken to alert and inform commercial enterprises of the coming into force of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.

      Privacy and Electronic Communications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the use of cookies on Government websites is fully compliant with the requirements of the recently implemented Privacy and Electronic Communications...

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