Written answers

Thursday, 15 January 2004

  • Transport

    • Cycling

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

    • Euro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in how many speeches during 2003 he declared support for the Government's policy on the euro.

      Inter-city Services (Waterloo)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what routes passengers will be able to travel from Manchester to Waterloo to connect with the Eurostar following the withdrawal of existing...

  • Defence

    • Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Cormorant system will enter into service; and what delays have occurred in the programme.

    • Decoy Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which contractors tendered for the design, development, build and supply of cartridge RF distraction Mark 216 Model 3; when the winner will be announced;...

      Defence Information Infrastructure Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding is being made available to the Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) Deployed programme.

      Leak Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what inquiries his Department has conducted into alleged leaks from members of staff since 1997; and on what occasions the names of those persons accused...

      Major Ian Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the findings of the Cheshire Coroner, regarding the death of Major Ian Hill; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Flights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many medical flights, involving civilians, were conducted by military aircraft between Scotland and other parts of the United Kingdom in each of the...

      Microsoft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether negotiations between his Department and Microsoft regarding future licensing arrangements have been completed; and if he will make a statement.

      MOD Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason employment services with the armed service is not considered relevant for pensions entitlement for employees who transfer to the MOD police.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many appeals have been made by employers against compulsory call-out notices to their employees in each of the last five years; and how many of those...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many compulsory call-out notices were issued to serving members of the Territorial Army in 2003; and how many of the recipients were actually...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals have been mobilised after receiving a compulsory call-out notice more than once in the last three years. [R]

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Territorial Army mobilised after receiving a compulsory call-out notice have served for (a) up to four months, (b) four to six...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his written statement of 7 January 2004, Official Report, column 9–10WS, on reserve forces, what his policy is in respect of (a)...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Territorial Army, (b) Royal Naval Reserve and (c) RAF Reserve personnel remain available for mobilisation.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been paid in (a) reservist standard award and (b) reservist hardship award to mobilised reservists in each of the last five years; and how...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes to reservist standard award are planned; and when they will be implemented. [R]

      Service Children's Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many children currently benefit from boarding school allowance; and what the cost of the scheme is in 2003–04.

      Service Children's Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the funding per pupil by Service Children's Education was in each of the last five years.

      Service Children's Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the academic and education targets set for Service Children's Education schools in each of the last five years, and what assessment he...

      Tornado

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether all the rear weapon suspension points on all the shoulder pylons fitted to RAF Tornado GR4 aircraft fully comply with Military Standard 1760; and...

  • Wales

    • Government of Wales Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what functions have been transferred to the National Assembly for Wales pursuant to section 22 of the Government of Wales Act 1998 since 1998.

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on his Department's procurement policy with regard to offshore IT and call centre outsourcing; whether his Department is...

      Richard Commission Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the First Minister of the National Assembly for Wales on the forthcoming Richard Commission report.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Live Music Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the remit of the Government's taskforce The Live Music Forum; and whether it extends to Northern Ireland.

    • Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the projected total annual salary bill of Ofcom is for its first year of operation; (2) how many Ofcom employees will have...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the level of (a) Green Box support, (b) Amber Box support and (c) Blue Box support is from the UK Government to agriculture.

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will assess the implications for the United Kingdom of the article on climate change impacts in the United Kingdom and...

      Departmental Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment her Department has made of the benefits of relocation of staff to North Staffordshire; and if she will...

      Euro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in how many speeches during 2003 she declared support for the Government's policy on the euro.

      European Definitions (Fruit and Vegetables)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she will provide to fruit and vegetable retailers following the Law Lords' decision on the case against Asda...

      Food Exporters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what sums were made available to (a) UK and (b) EU companies for the restitution of funds to assist with exporting costs in...

      GM Rice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice she has received from the Advisory Committee on Releases into the Environment on the proposal by Bayer to import...

      Horse Passport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether a veterinary inspection and certification is necessary prior to the issue of a horse passport.

      Horse Passport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the horse passport regulations apply to the wild horses on Bodmin Moor.

      Horse Passport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to change the requirement for veterinary certification on horse passports.

      Marine Stewardship Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has made to introduce legislation to protect and manage the marine environment following the publication of...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on the single farm payment.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has commissioned into illegal culling activity in TB hot spot areas.

  • Cabinet Office

    • E-Government Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what new proposals he has to extend e-Government services.

    • Leak Inquiries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what inquiries his Department has conducted into alleged leaks from members of staff since 1997; and on what occasions the names of those persons...

      Small Business Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will estimate the total savings for small businesses that would accrue from those measures listed in the Regulatory Reform Action Plan, which have...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money has been allocated by his Department to Afghanistan in each of the last three years; and how much has been pledged for...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the financial assistance from his Department to Afghanistan in 2003–04 has been directed towards the long-term...

      Street Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many street children he estimates there are in each country of Asia.

      Street Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money has been provided by his Department in each of the last six years to tackle the problem of street children in Asia; what...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Provisional IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the remaining amounts of weaponry and ammunition held by the Provisional IRA.

    • Crime Statistics (Coleraine)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the total value of (a) house burglaries and (b) attacks on the person in the Coleraine borough in the last three years; and what...

      Crime Statistics (Coleraine)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) house searches, (b) arrests and (c) convictions have taken place involving members of Loyalists paramilitary groups in the...

      Helicopter Accident (Lough Foyle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the results were of the investigation into the accident involving a military helicopter in Lough Foyle, County Londonderry on 19 July 2002.

      Local Government Officers Superannuation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the current funding level of the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers' Superannuation Fund.

      Local Government Officers Superannuation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated additional cost of a rise in the current employer contribution rate to 11.9 per cent. for the Northern Ireland Local...

      Paramilitary Beatings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many paramilitary beatings were reported in each of the last six years.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the (a) Director General and (b) Director of Operations of the Northern Ireland Prison Service have been provided with accommodation on...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost to public funds has been of providing accommodation in the Stormont Estate for the Director General and Director of Operations of...

  • Prime Minister

    • Government Buildings

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will make a statement on the rules regarding the use of party political advertising material in Government buildings; (2) when the guidance on the use of...

    • Honours Committee

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the source of the leaked minutes of the Honours Committee has been found; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the (a) number and (b) salary cost of special advisers was in each Department in each year from 1995–96 to 2002–03; and if he will make a...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Access to Justice

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment the Department has made of the extent to which (a) the closure of county magistrates courts and (b) the...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Home Affairs on delivering an efficient asylum process.

      Asylum

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many asylum appeals were considered by (a) the Court of Appeal and (b) the House of Lords in each of the past two...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when he will reply to the letter to him dated 25 November 2003 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with...

      International Human Rights Instruments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the Interdepartmental Review on International Human Rights Instruments was due to report to Ministers; when...

      Legal Funding

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions the Secretary of State has had with the Legal Services Commission on the funding of (a) human rights...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Racial Hatred

      To ask the Solicitor-General what guidelines she has issued to the Crown Prosecution Service on the question of deciding what constitutes (a) prima facie evidence warranting and (b) a public...

    • Racial Hatred

      To ask the Solicitor-General what criteria are applied to decisions on whether prosecutions for alleged racial hatred are in the public interest.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on the work of the Crown Prosecution Service with the Nottingham Criminal Justice Board in connecting the criminal justice system with...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on the role of the specialist prosecutors of street crime at the Crown Prosecution Service.

      Youth Justice

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on her responsibilities in relation to (a) anti-social behaviour by youths and (b) youth justice matters.

  • Minister for Women

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for Women when she will reply to the letter sent to her Department on 21 July by the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell on behalf of Mavish Kentish of Laburnum Road, Epsom.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many absent parents have subsequently been assessed for a change in circumstances by the Child Support Agency after failing to...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many Child Support Agency cases are now operating on the new formula for calculation of maintenance payments; (2) how many Child...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when he will begin the process of migrating existing cases to the new formula for calculation of maintenance payments; (2) what criteria...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost is of the departmental pay bill increase for 2003–04.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter to him dated 6 October 2003 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

    • Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

      Gambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on (a) the arrest of Gambia's Information Minister, Yankuba Touray, by President Jammeh's forces and...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of the Sudan about the recent disturbances at Khartoum University.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the security situation in Zimbabwe in respect of British citizens travelling to Zimbabwe; and if...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the England and Wales Cricket Board about the England cricket team's proposed tour of...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the situation in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the United Kingdom's ambassador in Harare about the situation in Zimbabwe; and if he...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next intends to meet the Zimbabwean ambassador to discuss political reform in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Chairman of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Committee on Zimbabwe about encouraging...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the conditions for the re-admission of Zimbabwe to the Commonwealth; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on Mr. Robert Mugabe's continuing tenure of an honorary knighthood; and if he will take...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action the Department is taking to ensure that broadband is made available more widely to the rural community.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes dated 19 November 2003 enclosing one from Mr. Christopher Martin-Gathern of...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether compensation payments to be made for eligible estate claims for former miners for (a) chronic bronchitis and emphysema and (b)...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) when she expects the last compensation payments to be made for eligible estate claims for former miners for (a) chronic bronchitis and...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of claims for (a) vibration white finger and (b) respiratory disease for (i) former miners, (ii)...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many chronic obstructive pulmonary disease compensation claims have been registered, broken down by coalfield area; how many live...

      Nuclear Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the Operation of Euratom...

      Oil-fired Appliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will put in place a system of compulsory registration for installers and maintainers of oil-fired domestic central heating similar to...

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will urge the Post Office to re-examine the case of the closure of (a) Stock Road sub-post office, Billericay, Essex and (b) Barn Hall...

      Regional Selective Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the grants to investment projects made under regional selective assistance in 2003–04, stating for each (a) the amount...

      Technology Transfer Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on technology transfer agreements.

  • Health

    • Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what improvements he expects choice in the NHS will have for deaf people (a) in arranging an appointment and (b) in communicating with their doctor.

    • Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information his Department collects in respect of waiting times for audiology services; (2) which NHS trusts have entered into partnership...

      Cannabis Use (Schizophrenia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned into cannabis use and schizophrenia.

      Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to improve the understanding among health professionals of the symptoms and effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is appropriate for an independent review panel to take into account, in making their decisions on health care funding for people living in care...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the eligibility criteria of Essex Strategic Health Authority for health care funding for people living in residential care homes.

      Chemical Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the forthcoming EU Chemical Regulation; and if he will make a...

      Colloidal Silver

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of colloidal silver as a treatment for MRSA and other hospital-acquired infections.

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets were set for delayed discharge of patients aged 75 years and over for each quarter in each year since 1997.

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many delayed discharges of patients aged 75 years and over there were in each quarter in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of the benefits of relocation of staff to North Staffordshire; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 8 December 2003, Official Report, column 310W, on diabetes, what bodies were specifically advised of the 2002 Diabetes...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis the Department decided during the joint Department of Health and Medical Research Council's review in 2002 of current and future research on...

      Disease Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that all (a) economic migrants, (b) asylum seekers and (c) those with work permits receive a health screen for (i) hepatitis B, (ii)...

      Drugs Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the variance in criminal offending between patients using the Mapperley Hospital Formula of prescribing and National...

      Drugs Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the Mapperley Hospital Formula for prescribing for drug addiction.

      Emergency Readmissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets were set for 28-day emergency re-admissions of people aged 75 and over in each quarter since 1997.

      Ethnicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of a person's ethnicity on their access to public services within the responsibilities of his Department.

      Euro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in how many speeches during 2003 he declared support for the Government's policy on the euro.

      Health Promotion England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) budget allocation and (b) actual spending of Health Promotion England for each year since 2000.

      Health Services (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much earmarked funding has been provided to (a) Lancashire county council and (b) district councils in Lancashire for (i) older people's services and...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the extra bed days caused by extended stays in UK hospitals due to hospital acquired infections in each of the last six...

      Influenza Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the take-up rates for influenza vaccine were as at 1 December 2003 (a) in England and (b) broken down by (i) primary care trust and (ii) strategic...

      Landfill Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies have been carried out into the incidence of birth defects within the proximity of landfill sites.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on adult mental health services in each year since 1997–98; what the projected expenditure is in financial year 2003–04; if...

      Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were waiting for in-patient treatment in the Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust area at the latest date for which figures are...

      Patients Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 5 January 2004, Official Report, columns 203–04W, on patients forums, how many applications were made for membership of...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department is taking with (a) the NHS and (b) voluntary organisations to tackle prostate cancer.

      Residential Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has commissioned on the need for more residential care places for people below pensionable age.

      Residential Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential care homes cater for people only below pensionable age; and how many places this represents in total.

      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 departmental agencies in the last 12 months.

      Staff Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list salaries and wages costs for (a) general and senior managers, (b) nurses and midwives and (c) administrative and clerical staff for (i)...

      Voluntary Euthanasia Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times the Government have consulted the Voluntary Euthanasia Society on end of life decision making since 1997, and on what issues.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Dredging

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much income has been raised by the Crown Estates from dredging licences issued in respect of (a) all dredging offshore and (b) dredging of sites off the...

    • Failed House Sales

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister by what percentage he estimates the number of failed housing market transactions will fall as a consequence of the proposed introduction of homebuyers packs.

      Firefighters

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what estimate he has made of the job losses in (a) Suffolk and (b) East Anglia which will result from the regionalisation of the Fire Service; (2) what...

      Firefighters

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister under what powers he would implement the regionalisation of the Fire Service without the consent of Suffolk county council.

      Firefighters

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what evidence he has received to support his proposal that the fire station in Orford would provide a swifter and more efficient service if controlled by...

      Home Improvement Agencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made on national coverage of home improvement agencies (HIAs); how this progress measures against the Government's targets for HIAs; and if...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he last met representatives of the mobile phone industry to discuss siting of phone masts.

      Somerset County Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding was provided to Somerset County Council in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04.

  • Treasury

    • Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures his Department has taken to prevent investment companies offering child trust funds from offering reduced services to customers who do not...

    • Ethical Financial Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assistance the Treasury offers local authorities in developing (a) ethical and (b) environmental (i) investment, (ii) banking and (iii) procurement...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the withdrawal of Gift Aid from charitable membership; (2) how much he expects to raise from withdrawing Gift Aid from...

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had (a) as part of the Paris Club, (b) with Gulf states and (c) with other states regarding the cancellation, reduction and...

      Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the level of the Government's public sector pensions liability.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the letter of 2 December 2003 from the Paymaster General to the hon. Member for Northavon, on tax credits compensation, how many claims for...

      Tax Returns (Self-Assessment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the investigation by the Inland Revenue and the e-Envoy into the breaches of confidentiality relating to self-assessment tax...

      Tax Returns (Self-Assessment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the studies by the Inland Revenue into introducing new methods of payment of self-assessment liabilities.

      Tax Returns (Self-Assessment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on current delays in processing self-assessment tax returns received by the Inland Revenue.

      Tax Returns (Self-Assessment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of taxpayers filed their self-assessment tax returns by the due date in 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Returns (Self-Assessment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will change the inquiry window regarding self-assessment tax returns from running for 12 months from 31 January to 12 months from the date a return is...

      Tax Returns (Self-Assessment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many self-assessment tax returns have remained outstanding from each year since the system was introduced; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Returns (Self-Assessment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many taxpayers have filed their self-assessment tax returns via the internet in each year since this service became available; whether he expects that...

      Taxation Adjustments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of adjustments in favour of taxpayers resulting from compliance cases processed by the Large Business Office of Inland Revenue in each...

      UK Company Profitability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of total UK company turnover has been spent on (a) company taxation, (b) national insurance contributions and (c) corporation tax in each of...

      UK Company Profitability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the productivity of UK companies with (a) 1–49, (b) 50–99, (c) 100–249, (d) 250–499, (e) 500–999 and (f) more than 1,000...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many animals have been used in scientific procedures in each of the last 10 years; and what action he is taking to reduce these...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to ensure that the highest standards of animal welfare are implemented in establishments using animals to carry out...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been made available to the Animal Procedures Committee in each year since 1997 specifically aimed at (a) developing and...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with EU partners concerning asylum.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications were made in 2003; what the countries of origin were; and if he will make a statement. Question number missing...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many initial decision makers for asylum applications were in post on 1 October in each of the last six years.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what written representations he has received from the First Minister of Scotland concerning his policy in relation to the detention of...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to permit asylum seekers in general to take up employment.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Kent county council will receive central government funding in respect of the costs of asylum seekers outstanding for the financial...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers were removed or made a voluntary departure to the 10 East European candidate states for membership of the European...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases heard by the Immigration Appeals Tribunal in each of the last five years for which figures are available the tribunal...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what basis he judges that the terms of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill as regards the removal of the...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been granted permission to work due to exceptional circumstances; and what criteria are used to determine...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost to West Sussex county council of the judgment in Behre and others v. Hillingdon London borough council,...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from local authorities on the implications for them of children being taken into care under the...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been housed at Oakington Immigration Reception Centre during 2003 as a result of the detention overspill facility.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what purposes, in addition to making initial decisions on asylum applications, detainees are housed at the Oakington Immigration...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what specific actions he expects local authorities to take to protect children who are not taken into care but whose parents have had their...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to change the system to record the number of asylum seekers (a) entering the UK illegally, (b) applying for asylum and (c)...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to abolish the support only provision for asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements have been made for the UN High Commission for Refugees to work with Home Office training programmes to improve decision...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was in each of the last five years of police involvement in immigration controls.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the powers under section 6 of schedule 3 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 have been used.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 16 October 2003 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he will reply to the letter to him dated 4 November 2003 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. John...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure has been allocated to (a) St. Helens, (b) Merseyside and (c) the North West region to tackle crime in each year since 1992.

      Drug Intervention Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what effect drug intervention policies have had over the last five years in reducing (a) drugs crime, (b) drugs use and (c) drugs deaths.

      Eurostar Terminal (Ashford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the staffing levels were at the Immigration and Customs posts at the Eurostar Terminal in Ashford on Friday 28 November between 18.00...

      Eurostar Terminal (Ashford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Immigration and Customs posts at the Eurostar Rail Terminal in Ashford are staffed at all times; and if he will make a statement.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the findings of the Review on Immigration Law in relation to Gurkhas will be published.

      Health Worker Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits have been granted since January to health workers by each Government office region; and from which countries they have come.

      Illegal Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) air weapons, (b) rifles, (c) shotguns, (d) imitation firearms and (e) handguns have been stolen in each of the last five years.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for indefinite leave to remain were submitted in 2002 by those who had previously been granted exceptional leave to...

      18 Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding his Department and its executive agencies have provided to the 18 Plus organisation since 1997.

      Inward Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people visited the United Kingdom from (a) Poland, (b) Australia and (c) New Zealand in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Murders (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many murders were committed in the areas covered by the (a) Metropolitan and (b) City of London police forces in 2003.

      New Citizens

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the development of the programme for (a) welcoming new UK citizens and (b) improving their competence in the...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the harmonisation of legislation and penalties for people trafficking.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what measures he is taking to protect victims of people trafficking who come forward to the relevant authorities; and what measures are...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts about tackling the cause of people trafficking through (a) socio-economic co-operation...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many convictions for people trafficking there have been in the UK in the last 30 years; and whether in each case the victims were...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for regional police forces in England and Wales.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which police forces use (a) the Early Evidence Kit produced by the Forensic Science Service and (b) the Tetra modules for the early...

      Romanies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Romanies from East Europe have sought access to the UK in the past three years; and how many have been admitted.

      Arrest Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people were arrested by police forces in Scotland in respect of offences committed in (a) England and (b) Wales in each of the...

      Street Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research has been carried out by his Department into the dispersal of crime from areas targeted by the street crime initiative into...

      Terrorism Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the police have used powers under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000; how many individuals this involved; and if he will...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to change the number of countries (a) on the white list and (b) for which a visa to enter the United Kingdom is required;...

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the number of women held in custody in British prisons.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what his policy is on returning to Zimbabwe people from that country who have made an unsuccessful claim for asylum in the United...

  • Education and Skills

    • Funding of Schools Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the basis was for his decision on how funding under the funding of schools programme should be allocated; and if he will make a...

    • Physics Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students graduated with degrees in physics in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.

      LEA Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on exempting local education authorities from limitations on their central expenditure.

      Early Years Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress he has made with his policy on early years education; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary School Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many primary school teachers were on permanent contracts in London in September (a) 1997, (b) 2000, (c) 2001 and (d) 2003; and how many...

      Capital Funding (East Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received concerning targeted capital funding in the east midlands.

      Deaf Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department has taken to ensure access to the full school curriculum for all deaf children; and if he will make a statement.

      Variable Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he plans that the cap on variable fees will stay at £3,000 until 2014.

      Adult Learning Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to promote the take up of the Adult Learning Grant.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average time taken to complete an adoption placement was, broken down by local authority area, for the last 12 months for which...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans his Department has to assist in making broadband available to an educational institution available to the wider community.

      Children Green Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills at what stage under the proposals in the Children Green Paper children will be given a unique identification number with corresponding data file.

      Civil Servants (Disabilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in meeting targets for the proportion of people with disabilities in senior posts in his Department.

      Specialist College Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools applied in the latest round for engineering specialist status; how many were successful; and if he will make a statement.

      Education (Financial Support)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list for each local education authority the financial support for education that remains to be transferred under the changes to...

      Education (North-west)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much spending there was on (a) education as a whole, (b) nursery schools, (c) primary education and (d) secondary education in (i) St....

      Education Spending Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list for each local education authority the education formula spending share (a) before and (b) after the impact of floors and...

      English and Mathematics Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils achieved level 4 or above in Key Stage 2 test results for 11-year-olds in (a) English and (b) mathematics in 2003...

      Further Eudcation (Plumbing-related Crafts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in England attended further education classes in (a) plumbing and (b) plumbing-related crafts in each of the last three years.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the link between applications to universities and social background of students.

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were provided with information technology equipment to use in their own home in the last year for which figures are available.

      School Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the schools in Huntingdon which ran a budget deficit in the year ending 31 March 2003; and how much this deficit was for...

      School Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in Lancashire ran a deficit budget in each of the last three years.

      School Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) total cost and (b) cost per issue was of producing and distributing the document, "Statutory Guidance on the School Governance...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the provision of school meals by Lancashire county council; and how many meals are served each day in (a)...

      School-leavers (Qualifications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many pupils left school in 2003 with no GCSEs; (2) how many pupils left school with fewer than five GCSEs at Grade G in each year...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to secure match funding for specialist schools in highly deprived former coalfield areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Lancashire schools have applied for specialist status; and how many were successful.

      Teaching Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of the increase in teaching assistants covering non-contact time with classes; (2) what...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what legislation was implemented between 1997 and 2001 preventing the introduction of university top-up fees.

      University Bursaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the income levels will be at which students will qualify for the receipt of university bursaries; (2) what his policy is on the...

      University Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much of the total sum of new funding that the Government believes universities in England require is required by universities in...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Aid and Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When foreign aid grants are redirected from CARE to the Afghan Ministry of Education, they will ensure continuity of funding for the children in schools in...

    • Cross-Border Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what dates the final versions of the 2004 business plans for cross-border bodies were provided to the appropriate departments.

      Cross-Border Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord President on 10 December (WA 63) and 11 June (WA 44) on the Ulster Agency budget, whether the correct procedure was used...

      Cross-Border Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their policy that the cross-border implementation bodies can only function in the long term with devolution arrangements in place.

      Belfast Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their expectation, on signing the Belfast agreement, was that the Government of Eire would undertake their tasks with respect to the agreement; how these...

      Emergency Vehicles: Road Traffic Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What requirements have to be met by drivers of emergency vehicles, including private ambulances, and what plans there are to introduce statutory requirements.

      West Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the West Coast Main Line, especially the section north of Colwich, has received a large proportion of rail expenditure, when recently published figures show...

      Horse Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any money paid for horse passports has been paid to the Government; and, if so, by what authority the money has been levied.

      Iraq: Oil Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are plans to privatise the Iraqi oil industry.

      Iraq: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Oil for Food Ration List could be used as the basis for the electoral register for democratic elections in Iraq; and what would be the advantages and...

      Moldova

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the recent Russian Memorandum for the resolution of constitutional and other issues in the Republic of Moldova.

      Russia: Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Materials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent they are satisfied with the level of security surrounding former Soviet Union nuclear, chemical and biological legacies; what schemes for increasing...

      Morocco: UN Peace Plan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional measures they and the European Union will take, before the expiry of the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara...

      Armenia: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases have been lodged with the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Armenia since 2001; and how many of these arise from the parliamentary and...

      Syria: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the government of Syria about the continuing state of emergency; the citizen and civil rights of the Syrian Kurds; and...

      FCO: Questions for Written Answer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have not found it possible to answer Lord Hoyle's Written Question (HL 30) tabled on 26 November 2003 which has now been on...

      Director-General of Higher Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of reference and job specification of the new Director-General of Higher Education, Sir Alan Wilson.

      School Bereavement Counsellors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to ensure that every school has a teacher who is trained in bereavement counselling.

      Ministerial Correspondence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimate of the number of letters signed by Ministers in 2003; what proportion were to Members of either House of Parliament: and what were the...

      Newspapers and Periodicals: Price Cutting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are aware of any examples of price cutting of the cover price of newspapers and periodicals at the retail level; and, if so, whether they will...

      Working Time Regulations: Right to Opt Out

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to ensure that British workers will not lose the right to opt out of the 48-hour working week clause negotiated by the United Kingdom in 1993.

      Alcohol Misuse: Impact on Emergency Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the findings of the report No Half Measures by the Alcohol Harm Reduction Group on the impact of alcohol misuse on the police, ambulance...

      vCJD and HIV/AIDS

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the total number of deaths from (a) vCJD and (b) HIV/AIDS recorded in the United Kingdom.

      Obesity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition intends to take to review the nutritional science relating to obesity.

      Obesity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the Health Development Agency have taken into account the full range of weight management and reduction...

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