Written answers

Monday, 19 January 2004

  • Defence

    • Biological Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the United Kingdom Government's policy is on the export of (a) bacillus anthracis, (b) clostridium botulinum, (c) histoplasma capsulatum, (d)...

    • Boards of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many boards of inquiry into deaths of military personnel have been established in each year since 1990.

      Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what training was made available for UK forces personnel on the Oscar communications system; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2003, Official Report, column 943W, on defence spending, what the limits are on the UK's ability to conduct...

      Departmental Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in his Department work in (a) the West Midlands and (b) North Staffordshire.

      Flying Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current funded flying hours are for (a) Hercules, (b) Nimrod, (c) Chinook, (d) Sea King, (e) Puma, (f) Lynx, (g) Tornado F3, (h) Tornado GR4,...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will name the Iraqi civilians killed in incidents which have been investigated since the end of the conflict by the Special Investigation Branch.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Answer of 4 December, Official Report, column 127W, on Iraq, if he will name the individuals whose deaths are being investigated; on what...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many claims have been submitted to the UK under section 6 of the Coalition Provisional Authority Order Number 17; how many of these claims (a) give...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what strategy he is pursuing to (a) recover and (b) dispose of weaponry contaminated by depleted uranium in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total volume is of depleted uranium tipped weapons used in Iraq between March and May 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the availability is of cluster bombs to United Kingdom forces in Iraq.

      Manning Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to carry out manning control point reviews within the next 15–18 months.

      Missile Defence Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the amount spent by the Government on research into missile defence technology in each year since 1988; and if he will make a statement.

      MOD Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) service and (b) MOD civilian posts he estimates will be transferred to the private sector over the next three years from the (i) Royal Navy,...

      Network-centric Capabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2003, Official Report, columns 944–45W, on network-centric capabilities, what effect he expects the change of...

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons troops in Northern Ireland have been advised to avoid wearing (a) badges and (b) clothing which would indicate their support for the (i)...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to change the number of Astute-class nuclear attack submarines available to the Royal Navy.

      Permanent Secretary (Engagements)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates the Permanent Secretary discussed allegations concerning Robert Lee International and BAE Systems with the chairman of BAE Systems.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's procurement decisions have been the subject of judicial review since 1997.

      RAF Bicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it remains his policy to (a) close and (b) dispose of the airfield at RAF Bicester.

      Reinstatement Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what training members of employment tribunals receive to enable them to sit on reinstatement committees.

  • Prime Minister

    • Chechnya

      To ask the Prime Minister what (a) representations he has received from and (b) discussions he has had with Chechen President Akhmad Kadryov.

    • Fatalities (Government Obligations)

      To ask the Prime Minister what obligations are recognised by the Government as arising in cases where a person has died from a heart attack as a result of duress or harsh treatment inflicted by...

      Government Performance Audit

      To ask the Prime Minister whether a copy of the audit report on the performance of his Government, to be published on 16 January, will be placed in the Library.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister when he was informed that the USA was intending to wage war on Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Rogue States

      To ask the Prime Minister how he defines rogue states.

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what discussions he has had in connection with the Thames Gateway Communities plans regarding (a) the Crossrail Project and (b) a new Thames road crossing; (2)...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Prime Minister what common factor makes it permissible for the US, the UK, France, Israel, India, Pakistan and Russia to hold weapons of mass destruction.

  • Wales

    • Wales-only Legislation

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what requests he has received from the Welsh Assembly Government for Wales only legislation to be included in (a) the current legislative...

  • International Development

    • Small Arms Action Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funds have been provided to the International Action Network on Small Arms in the past five years; and for what purpose.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the security situation in Afghanistan and its effect on (a) the provision of humanitarian aid and (b)...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many of the international secondments to Afghanistan from his Department in each of the last two years have been of women;...

      African Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial support his Department has provided to the African Union since the expiry of the agreement in August 2003.

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is giving to the Government of Angola for preparations for the general election in 2005; and if he will...

      Bilateral Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to advance the target of an increase in the proportion of the Department's low-risk bilateral projects...

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to his Answer of 16 January 2004, Official Report, column 237W, on the Indigenous People's Demonstration Project, by how much...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the level of cross-border humanitarian assistance to internally displaced people in Burma.

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance has been offered to the government of Burundi for the improvement of medical facilities for the delivery of new malaria...

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on cholera levels in Burundi.

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress is being made towards the rehousing of those left homeless by the storm in the Bubanza province of Burundi.

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to visit Burundi.

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Burundi.

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what response his Department will make to the appeal of the World Food Programme for Sudanese refugees in Chad.

      Child Soldiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the extent of the use of child soldiers in (a) the Democratic Republic of Congo, (b) Burundi, (c) Rwanda...

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many countries he expects to reach completion point for the purposes of debt relief by the end of 2004.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs about the effectiveness of...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the most recent discussions he has had with the governments of (a) Rwanda and (b) Uganda concerning...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many monitors and overseers the United Kingdom will send to witness and report on whether the forthcoming elections in the...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action he will (a) take unilaterally and (b) propose at multilateral level in response to the publication of the UN Commission...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with (a) his counterparts in EU member states and (b) representatives of the United Nations about the...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on Ethiopia's debt burden.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the joint departmental scoping mission scheduled for April 2004 to consider reform of Ethiopia's...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how financial support from his Department to Ethiopia has been tailored to tackle the increase in global acute malnutrition that has...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the level of ethnic violence in Ethiopia.

      EU Aid Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost will be to public funds of the UK achieving the agreed EU target of aid amounting to 0.39 per cent.of GNI.

      Euro

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

      Global Interventions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has made formal representations to the United Nations about his proposal for global intervention in countries whose...

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the working paper from the International Monetary Fund on the effect of the Heavily Indebted Poor...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support he is providing to tackle the spread of HIV/AIDS in (a) India and (b) China.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on progress in Africa towards a reduction in the proportion of 15 to 24-year-old pregnant women with HIV...

      Human Rights (Sudan/Burma)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with representatives of Amnesty International about the level and nature of human rights abuses in (a)...

      Infant Mortality Reduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what further action he proposes to take to help to achieve the goal in Africa of a reduction in under-five mortality rates for girls...

      Infant Mortality Reduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if he will make a statement on progress towards the target of an increase in the proportion of births assisted by skilled birth...

      Iranian Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many sniffer dogs in the United Kingdom were ineligible to accompany search and rescue teams to Iran on account of quarantine...

      Iranian Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many sniffer dogs accompanied the search and rescue specialists who went from the United Kingdom to Iran on 27 December 2003.

      Iranian Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what briefing he has received from the heads of the UK search and rescue teams in Iran since their return to this country.

      Iranian Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of the people described in his written ministerial statement of 5 January 2004, Official Report, columns 1–4WS, as...

      Iranian Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his latest estimate is of the number of city officials in Bam who were killed during the recent earthquake.

      Iranian Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of unsolicited items provided by UK nationals to assist with shelter for people made homeless...

      Iranian Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of the people who suffered injuries in the earthquake in Iran have been (a) hospitalised and (b) treated.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the humanitarian projects that the UK has (a) completed and (b) not yet completed in Iraq since 1 May 2003.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the Government's estimate is of the average (a) level of supply and (b) number of hours per day of supply of water to the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will arrange for discussions with the Iraqi Provisional Authority about the supply in that country of safe, legal abortion...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure the safety of workers distributing aid funded by his Department in (a) Baghdad, (b) Basra and (c)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the level was of the UK contribution to the UN Oil for Food programme in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what measures are being taken by (a) the UK and (b) the UK with others to prevent food shortages in Iraq; (2) what recent...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent assessment has been made of the availability of medical supplies in Iraq; (2) what recent assessment he has made of...

      Iraq

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

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment has been made of the supply of (a) clean water, (b) sanitation and (c) electricity in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with non-governmental organisations which have withdrawn from Iraq about the prospects of a safe...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the £60 million funding for his Department's expenditure in Iraq announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 9 April...

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of (a) the supply of clean water, (b) sanitation and (c) electricity supply in Liberia.

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the security situation in Liberia and its impact on humanitarian relief.

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the levels of (a) food, (b) shelter and (c) medicine for the people of Liberia.

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals in Liberia.

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money has been given by his Department in each of the last six years (a) for medicines to fight malaria and (b) to research...

      Maternal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps he is taking to meet the Millennium Development goals to reduce the level of maternal mortality among developing...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of (a) movement restrictions on Palestinians and (b) the construction of the separation...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment he has made of the preliminary analysis of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs...

      Poverty Reduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what further action he proposes to take to secure a sustainable reduction in the proportion of people living in poverty in Africa.

      Procurement Outsourcing

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

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Sierra Leone and its impact on the provision of humanitarian aid.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the status of the drought affecting the north-western regions of Somalia; and what assessment he has...

      Street Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money is being provided by his Department to tackle the problem of street children in Russia in 2003–04.

      Street Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many street children there are in (a) Asia, (b) Africa, (c) Latin America, the Caribbean and the overseas territories and (d) the...

      Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the breakdown between public sector finance and private sector finance towards the costs of delivering the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the level of political stability in Sudan.

      World Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of people in the world living on (a) less than one dollar a day, (b) between one and two...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he last met representatives of opposition parties in Zimbabwe; and when he next expects to meet representatives.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with Amnesty International about (a) the level and (b) the nature of human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.

  • Education and Skills

    • Art Acquisition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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...

    • Children's Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills by when the Government are due to report to the Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child on what the UK is doing to fulfil the...

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list information technology contracts in his Department and its predecessors with a value of above £20 million in each of...

      Jigsaw Research (Correspondence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department has spent on the recent research conducted by Jigsaw Research into what customers think of the quality of the...

      Office for Fair Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will propose an amendment to the Higher Education Bill to require the annual report produced by the Director of Fair Access to be...

      Office for Fair Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the Director for Fair Access will safeguard fair access to higher education if top-up fees are introduced; and if he will make a statement.

      Office for Fair Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information must be contained in the plan that a higher education institution must provide to the Director of Fair Access in order to...

      Office for Fair Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will break down the planned expenditure for the proposed Office for Fair Access by (a) salaries and staff, (b) office, (c) personal...

      Office for Fair Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Office for Fair Access will continue the system of fining universities that do not meet their benchmarks for participation from...

      Office for Fair Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether he intends to set a cap on the level of specified financial requirements that the Higher Education Funding Council for England...

      Sign Bilingualism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to secure universal access for deaf children to Sign Bilingualism; and if he will make a statement.

      Sixth-form Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the budget for the teaching of A-Levels and equivalent academic courses in sixth-form colleges was in each year since 1996–97;...

      Student Complaints Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what estimates he has made of the cost of providing (a) maintenance loans and (b) fee loans in each of the next 10 years assuming (i)...

      Student Complaints Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the size of the total student loan debt was in each year since 1999; what the size of the increases in (a) loans taken out and (b)...

      Student Complaints Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects universities to take on responsibility for the funding of the new student complaints office.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many bursaries for primary teacher training posts are to be funded from the Sure Start programme in 2004–05; (2) how many...

      Top-up Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the amount of funding that will be raised for higher education in (a) 2006 and (b) each year to 2020 under (i)...

      University Bursaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the average bursary that universities charging the full £3,000 will pass on to students from poorer...

      University Bursaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what powers the Office of Fair Access will have in the setting of bursary amounts in respect of universities that do not have strong records...

      University Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what total revenue he expects to be raised assuming (a) 10 per cent., (b) 20 per cent., (c) 30 per cent., (d) 40 per cent., (e) 50 per...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Bush Administration regarding the role of the United Nations in Iraq.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which British companies have won contracts to assist in the reconstruction of Iraq, broken down by type of service or project...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British technical experts are deployed (a) with the Iraqi Survey Group and (b) for the disarmament of Libya's weapons...

      Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will estimate the number of people expected to travel from Poland to reside and work in the United Kingdom following...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was in each of the last five years of the visa sections of (a) embassies and (b) high commissions and consuls,...

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of human rights abuses in the Cabinda province of Angola; and if he will make a statement.

      Bilateral Treaties (United States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many bilateral treaties have been signed since 1 May 1997 between the UK and the United States, giving in each case (a) the...

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Brazil about nuclear proliferation issues.

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence his Department has of links between Chechens and (a) al-Qaeda, (b) Iraqi insurgents and (c) other practitioners of...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on recent progress towards finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.[R]

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he plans to make to (a) the new government in northern Cyprus and (b) Turkey over the need for a census to...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the outcome of the elections in northern Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.[R]

      Euro

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

      Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason extra security has been put in place around the British Embassy in Berlin; when it was put in place; what the...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Hong Kong.

      Imad Hage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received during the last 12 months from Mr. Imad Hage.

      Imad Hage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department have held during 2003 with Mr. Imad Hage.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli authorities in advance of the court hearing scheduled for 7 January, concerning...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of (a) settlement buildings, (b) movement restrictions on Palestinians, (c) planning...

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to his Department of using management consultants has been in each of the last five years.

      Procurement Outsourcing

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

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department has received from Saudi Arabian officials concerning plans to attack British Airways flights (a)...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence has been collated by his Department on whether the Eritrean authorities are arming Sudanese rebels in the Darfur...

      Sunset Clauses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made on the need for sunset clauses on legislative proposals brought forward by the European Commission.

      Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of relations between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China.

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the occasions since 1975 when the vote cast by the United Kingdom has been diametrically opposed to that of the...

      USA (Visas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the US Administration about the introduction of visa charges for British citizens who visit the...

      Western Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what measures the Government are taking to re-establish and support the Chadian-led peace negotiations following the...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of South Africa regarding the political situation in Zimbabwe.

  • Home Department

    • Cannabis (Recategorisation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effects of the forthcoming recategorisation of cannabis in (a) London and (b) England; and if he will make...

    • Fireworks Regulations (Enforcement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance has been issued to police forces in respect of enforcement of new regulations to control fireworks.

      Anti-Social Behaviour Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the powers contained in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 on (a) graffiti and (b) fly-posting will be introduced.

      Local Authority Finance (Police)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on increases in police precept by local authorities in 2004–05.

      Police Budgets (East Anglia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he next expects to meet chief constables from East Anglia to discuss policing budgets for 2004–05.

      Child Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will introduce legislation to combat the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children within the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      "Reducing Crime, Changing Lives"

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the plans contained in the report "Reducing Crime, Changing Lives" will be the subject of parliamentary scrutiny.

      Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested through powers exercised under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001; how long the detention...

      Asylum Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to give a substantive reply to the question, reference 143845, concerning asylum and immigration cases heard in the Court of...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many failed asylum seekers were returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo in each of the last six years; and if he will make a...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many and what proportion of asylum seekers in each country of the United Kingdom had achieved, prior to their entry into the UK,...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on detaining asylum seekers with children whose application for asylum has been denied.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will provide a substantive response to the question relating to funding due to Kent county council in respect of asylum seekers, ref...

      Cleveland Local Criminal Justice Board Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what date the Cleveland local criminal justice board website will contain some information.

      CPS

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Crown Prosecution Service's Racially Aggravated and Religiously Aggravated Crime Policy.

      CPS

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Crown Prosecution Service Merseyside Community Engagement Programme.

      Dangerous Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of sentences that (a) are poorly targeted and (b) do not bear down sufficiently on dangerous offenders.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of human trafficking were detected in 2002.

      Immigrant Surcharge

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his plans to introduce a £500 surcharge on immigrants to the UK includes those entering to study at English language schools;...

      Immigration Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what percentage of immigration and asylum appeals before adjudicators his Department was (a) represented by Home Office Presenting...

      Immigration Control (Vehicle Checks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of (a) lorries and (b) other vehicles passing through Dover from France were not checked in Dover for purposes of seeking to...

      Muslim Converts to Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded cases of (a) assault and (b) murder have occurred in the UK over the past five years of members of the Islamic faith who...

      Police Arms Recoveries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) legal guns, (b) illegal guns and (c) knives have been recovered by the police investigating crimes in the last year.

      Police Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost was of holding prisoners in police cells in 2002; (2) how many prisoners have been held in police cells so far in 2003.

      Police Time

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of a police officer's time on average was spent on (a) patrol and (b) dealing with paperwork in the last year for which...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total prison capacity has been in each year since 1997.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners in prisons in each of the next 10 years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the new remand unit at Winchester will be ready to receive the first prisoners.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders have been sent to Holloway prison in each year since 1997.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what budget has been allocated to Holloway prison for young offenders in each year since 1997.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers were serving at each (a) prison and (b) remand centre, disaggregated by sex, in each year since 1997.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of service at any one prison is of current prison governors.

      Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of shoplifting were recorded in each criminal justice area in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Victim/Witness Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support his Department gives to (a) victim support and (b) witness support in (i) England and Wales and (ii) Gloucestershire.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions members of Independent Monitoring Boards have refused to sign off a child being held in a segregation unit in each...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Assembly Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of levels of voter turnout at the recent Assembly elections; what research he intends to commission to study the...

    • Criminal Justice Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the minimum sentence for the murder of (a) a prison officer and (b) a police officer on duty in Northern Ireland is; and if he will make a...

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what reports he has received regarding the treatment of General John de Chastelain during the decommissioning act in Northern Ireland on 20...

      Dementia Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on his plans to review dementia services in Northern Ireland.

      High Hedges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what plans he has to extend Part 8 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 to Northern Ireland; (2) what action the Government are taking...

      Hospital Trolley Waits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 7 January 2004, Official Report, column 406W, on hospital trolley waits, whether the December statistics represent (a)...

      Leak Inquiries

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

      Neurosurgery Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients were awaiting neurosurgery (a) inpatient admission and (b) outpatient assessment in Northern Ireland on the most recent date...

      Procurement Outsourcing

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

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce a Rural White Paper for Northern Ireland.

      Water/Sewerage Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress being made with the reform of water and sewerage services in Northern Ireland.

      Water/Sewerage Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many responses he received to his Department's "The Reform of Water and Sewerage Services in Northern Ireland" consultation document; and...

  • Scotland

    • Procurement Outsourcing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

    • Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has made to the Scottish clearing banks about their participation in the Post Office Universal Bank.

      Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to encourage Scottish banks to make their services available through the Post Office branch network.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Christmas Expenditure

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

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the size of fund the proposed Gambling Industry Charitable Trust will need to address...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if the Government will bring forward legislation to introduce a levy on the gambling industry if the sector fails to agree voluntary...

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many honours nominations her Department has received for people involved in rugby league football in each of the last five years;...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many Lottery grants were given to (a) the hundred richest and (b) the hundred poorest wards in Wales, using the Welsh Index of...

      Rugby World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total departmental cost was of visits to Australia for the Rugby World Cup.

      Security Passes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) her Department and (ii) departmental agencies in the...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the balance of payments deficit in tourism was in each year since 1995.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Ministers (Legal Fees)

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will publish a list of the ministers who, since May 1997, have benefited from the Government paying their legal fees.

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General what recent assessment she has made of the work of the Serious Fraud Office; and if she will make a statement.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) offences of fraud and (b) serious frauds, involving breaches of trust by professionals, were reported to the Serious Fraud Office in each of the last...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General what plans she has to set up branches of the Serious Fraud Office in the regions.

  • Transport

    • Disabled Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has undertaken into the provision of a temporary disability scheme for car drivers to supplement the Orange Disk scheme.

    • Drink Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents were caused by drink driving in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic speed cameras there are in the area covered by the Lancashire Constabulary; and what the estimated revenue from them is in the...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the criteria for the installation of speed cameras, with particular reference to the cameras sited at (a) Highlands...

      Airlines (Safety Standards)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether safety standards that have to be met by an airline for a permit to be granted to operate in the airspace of each of the other EU and EEA...

      Airports (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many responses were received to the Future of Air Transport—Scotland consultation document; and of these (a) how many expressed a view in...

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to fund the extension of CCTV cameras in London's tube and train stations.

      Central Railway Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about the Central Railway project.

      Cheltenham/Gloucester Parkway Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what discussions he has had with the Strategic Rail Authority on the construction of a Cheltenham/Gloucester Parkway railway station near...

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information he has received from the EC Committee on Driving Licence working groups on the procedures employed to (a) assess and (b) minimise the...

      Edinburgh Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) households and (b) electors live within the possible new Edinburgh airport boundary as outlined in the Aviation White Paper.

      Environmental Audit Committee Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the research referred to in paragraph 4 of the Government's response to the Environmental Audit Committee's...

      Hazardous Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have made reports to the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme, in each year since it was introduced.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) date and (b) nature of each incident involving ships in British waters assisting other vessels attempting to bring illegal...

      Leak Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list occasions on which his Department has conducted an inquiry into alleged leaks from members of staff since 1997; and if he will list the...

      Liquid Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what tax advantages are available for liquid natural gas vehicles.

      Liquid Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles using liquid natural gas benefited from tax advantages in the last year for which figures are available; and how many were (a) cars...

      Liquid Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what Government grants are available to convert petrol cars to liquid natural gas; what the take-up has been in the current financial year; and how...

      M6 Tolls

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the impact of the M6 Toll on traffic flows in the West Midlands.

      Moving Vehicles (Smoking Ban)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to outlaw smoking while in control of a moving vehicle.

      North Berwick-Edinburgh Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action the Strategic Rail Authority is taking with regard to the withdrawal of rolling stock from the North Berwick-Edinburgh commuter line when...

      Procurement Outsourcing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to reduce the costs of (a) administration and (b) consultants within the railway industry.

      Road Junctions (Christchurch)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason representations in respect of the proposed compulsory purchase order at Barrack Road/Stour Road junction in Christchurch are being...

      Robin Hood Country

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what historical basis road signs on the M1 motorway describe Nottinghamshire as Robin Hood country.

      Ships (Near Misses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many near misses between ships there were in each year since 1997 while in British waters; and what steps he is taking to reduce the number of such...

      Speed Limits (Roads)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce minimum speed limits on (a) motorways and (b) dual carriageways.

      Speeding (Penalty Points)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals not to penalise motorists guilty of speeding with penalty points on their driving licences when it is a first offence.

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what discussions he has had with the Chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority on publication of its annual strategic plan; (2) how many drafts...

      Street Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to develop an England-wide system for the notification of street works owned by utilities and road departments similar to the Susie...

      Traffic Management Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out the basis used in the regulatory impact assessment of the Traffic Management Bill for calculating the extent of delay imposed by...

      Traffic Management Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to ensure that the powers contained in section 74 of the Traffic Management Bill are universally adopted by local authorities.

      Traffic Management Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what sources were used to produce the figures for the costs to business of utility streetworks in the Regulatory Impact Assessment of the Traffic...

      Traffic Management Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what economic model the Government has used in working out the figures for the Regulatory Impact Assessment of the Traffic Management Bill; and if he...

      US Ships (Decommissioning)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 5 January 2004, Official Report, column 56W on US Ships (Decommissioning), who carried out the routing plans and initial risk...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • International Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 9 December, Official Report, column 449W, on international trade, if she will make a statement on...

    • Beef Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what restrictions she has placed on imports of beef into the UK from the USA following the recent BSE case there; and what...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dairy farms were in operation in each of the last 20 years for which figures are available.

      Departmental Lawyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many lawyers her Department employs.

      EU Regulations (Fruit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the Department initiated proceedings against the Asda company in respect of the EU horticultural regulations...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the decisions of the December 2003 EU Fisheries Council on (a) fishing in the...

      Food Exporters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the announcement by the Rural Payments Agency that it is to end export refunds immediately to...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many firms are in dispute with her Department over payments for work carried out during the recent outbreak of foot and...

      Livestock Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the recovery of livestock farming in (a) Copeland and (b) Cumbria since January 2002; and if...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the UK's raw milk production was in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and how this raw milk is...

      Procurement Outsourcing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's procurement policy with regard to offshore IT and call centre outsourcing;...

      Sheep Dips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the latest advice is that she has offered to those who use organophosphates for sheep dipping.

      Sugar Beet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the annual sugar consumption in the United Kingdom she estimates is met by domestic sugar beet production.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the case for changes in the basis of air passenger duty from payment per passenger to payment per flight, and for relating it...

    • Financial Products (Risk Warnings)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the need for a risk warning to be attached to (a) all financial products and (b) documentation about pensions.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans he has to develop a substitute eligibility test for working tax credit fast-track; (2) what plans he has to conduct a reappraisal of the...

      Unemployment (Warrington, North)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the change in the level of unemployment in the Warrington North constituency has been since 1997.

      Armed Forces (Departure Payments)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the proposed early departure payments for members of the Armed Forces which will replace pension payments will attract national insurance contributions.

      Banking Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which banks have a licence to operate in the UK; and when each received its licence.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer per year of increasing by 100 per cent. the rate of child tax credit in respect of children under five.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in the Buckingham constituency (a) have applied for, (b) are eligible for and (c) received the child tax credit in 2003–04.

      Citizen Information Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on what dates he has met Scottish Ministers to discuss the Citizen Information Project and its implications for Scotland; (2) how many members of...

      Consumer Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cross-government spending is on education for consumers on (a) financial services and (b) consumer credit, broken down by Department.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on council tax increases for 2004–05 of the £406 million announced in the Pre-Budget statement for...

      Death Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of suicides in the UK in 2003.

      Death Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many drownings there were in the UK in 2003.

      Economically Inactive Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many economically inactive persons aged 18 to 24 there are; and what the number was in April 1997.

      European Council of Finance Ministers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Ecofin meeting on 16 December 2003, including the Government's positions on the different issues discussed.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what research has been commissioned on the impact of recent developments in the life assurance and pension industry on the capital structure of...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact that the Basel II accords on capital adequacy will have on mutual financial organisations; and if he will make a...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what impact he estimates recent changes in the regulatory regime for insurance companies will have on (a) projections of future returns of policy holders...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the additional revenue which would be raised from a 1p increase in (a) the standard rate of income tax and (b) the higher...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of Inland Revenue inquiry offices have textphone or similar communication aids.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many home visits were conducted by Inland Revenue employees in each of the last five years to provide advice to those incapable of reaching an office.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to establish a disabilities helpline in the Inland Revenue for (a) tax payers and (b) voluntary sector intermediaries who need access to...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of public Inland Revenue offices are equipped with equipment to aid those with hearing impediments.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of Inland Revenue frontline staff have received training on disability issues.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Inland Revenue office in Chorley is equipped with equipment to aid those with hearing impediments.

      Insurance Cover (Terrorism)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce an insurance scheme to cover domestic risks during times of terrorist attack.

      IT Projects

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list each information technology project being undertaken by his Department and its agencies, including the (a) start date, (b) the planned...

      Leak Inquiries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list occasions on which his Department has conducted an inquiry into alleged leaks from members of staff since 1997; and if he will list the...

      New Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have benefited from the New Deal (a) broken down by region and (b) in Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East (i) since 1997 and (ii) since...

      Research and Development Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many firms in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley (i) are benefiting and (ii) have benefited from research and development tax credits.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in stamp duty land tax revenues in 2004–05 from (a) residential property, (b) commercial property, (c) anti...

      Unemployment (Chorley)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the change in the level of unemployment in the Chorley constituency has been since 1997.

      Unemployment (Chorley)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on levels of unemployment in Chorley; and what the numbers were in (a) 1990, (b) 1995, (c) 2000 and (d) 2003.

      Unemployment (Middlesbrough)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement about levels of unemployment in Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East; and what the rates were in (a) 1992, (b) 1997 and (c) 2001.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the revision of the generalised system of preferences.

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress with negotiations on Economic Partnership Agreements with African, Caribbean and Pacific States which...

      Aerospace Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the funding of the Aerospace Launch Investment; and if she will break down the costs incurred by main budget head.

      BNFL Strategic Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her written statement of 11 December 2003, Official Report, column 93WS, on the BNFL Strategy Review, what estimate she has made...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with BT on reducing the trigger numbers required to roll out broadband in smaller market towns.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will state the percentage coverage of broadband in (a) Lancashire and (b) each Lancashire district.

      Cheese Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with representatives of the cheese industry about the impact of the weakening dollar on the exports of...

      Coal Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money has been paid to date by the Department to solicitors for handling coal health claims, broken down by region.

      Coal Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the funding for (a) coal liabilities and (b) coal health liabilities was allocated in 2003–04; and what amounts were allocated in...

      Company Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to bring forward legislation requiring companies to publish in their annual reports (a) a table showing the annual (i)...

      Departmental Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment her Department has made of the benefits of relocation of staff to North Staffordshire; and if she will make a statement;...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people were employed by her Department in each year since 1992, broken down by Department.

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employment tribunal cases in each year since 1999 took (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) nine months and (d) 12 months to issue a...

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she was in the United Kingdom for the whole of 13 January.

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list her engagements for 13 January.

      European Structural Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the additionality requirements under the European Structural Funds regulations have been met by the UK Objective 1 programmes at their...

      Fuel Poverty (Cambridgeshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many fuel poor households there are in each district council area in Cambridgeshire; and what her estimate is of how many (a) children and...

      Gas Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the written statement of 8 January 2004, Official Report, columns 13–14WS, on gas quality, what assessment she has made of...

      Industrial Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average full and final settlement paid to former miners and their families is for (a) vibration white finger and (b) chronic...

      Industrial Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many of the full and final settlements for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were reduced because of a smoking history; what...

      Manufacturing Jobs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many manufacturing jobs have been created in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each of the last three years.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to ensure the fastest possible completion of compensation payments to former miners for (a) chronic...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many solicitors firms are known to have charged additional fees, above agreed Government fees, for miners' compensation.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the terms of the arrangements agreed are between her Department and the Union of Democratic Mineworkers with regard to the union's...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her Department has made representations to the Union of Democratic Mineworkers about the union's policy on charging legal fees for...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to which organisations her Department wrote in December 2003 in relation to legal fees in the Miners' Compensation Scheme; and if she will...

      Mobile Phone Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she last met the chief executives of (a) O2 and (b) Orange.

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on the patenting of carbon molecules as part of nanotechnology development.

      National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the maintenance work that needs to be carried out on the National Grid; and if she will hold meetings with...

      North West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley have been helped by the North West Regional Development Agency.

      North West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money from the North West Regional Development Agency has been spent in (a) Cumbria, (b) Lancashire, (c) Greater Manchester, (d)...

      Olympic Bid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on the Royal Mail donating money to London's Olympic bid.

      Parliamentary Debates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the reasons for her decision not to respond to the debate on the future of the Post Office in Her Majesty's...

      Personal Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of the £500 annual exemption from the taxable benefit on loaned personal computers introduced...

      Personal Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the proportion of private sector employees who received computers as a result of employer-provided home...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what talks she has had with trade unions over the future of the Post Office.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on (a) job losses in the Post Office and (b) the future of the Post Office.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the future post office network in Chorley.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer given on 8 January 2004, Official Report, column 445W, on post offices, what changes there have been to (a) the number...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which post office branches in the 20 per cent. most deprived wards in England have (a) been the subject of a closure consultation, (b) had...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which sub-postmasters of branches in the 20 per cent. most deprived wards in England have (a) applied for compensation to close their business...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what definition of contiguous population is used by the Post Office for classification of post offices as urban for the purposes of closure;...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when sub-post offices in Taunton will learn whether they will be considered for closure under the network re-invention programme.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has made to the Scottish clearing banks about their participation in the Post Office Universal Bank.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many rural sub-post offices closed in (a) England and (b) Somerset in each quarter in each of the last three years.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what mechanisms are in place for evaluating the performance of projects undertaken by regional development agencies.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria are used to measure the (a) success and (b) effectiveness of regional development agencies.

      Research and Development Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what new (a) products, (b) services and (c) processes have been developed by firms benefiting from the introduction of research and...

      Research and Development Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money has been spent on research and development tax credits in each quarter since their introduction.

      Research and Development Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many companies have benefited from research and development tax credits in each quarter since their introduction.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the progress of (a) the network reinvention programme and (b) the rural subsidy for sub-post offices.

      Call Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what Government support is available for the setting up of call centres, with particular reference to rural areas.

      Small Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will break down how funding allocated as other support for small business has been awarded in 2003–04; and what amounts were...

      Spectrum Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will break down how funding for the Spectrum Efficiency Scheme has been allocated since the scheme's inception; and what amounts have...

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people employed in her Department have claimed statutory sick pay for (a) less than one week, (b) one to three weeks, (c) four to six...

      Trade Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the volume of United Kingdom trade has been with (a) Singapore, (b) Thailand, (c) Malaysia, (d) Vietnam, (e) Cambodia and (f) Laos in...

      Vehicle Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with representatives of the car industry on exports of UK built (a) cars, (b) vans and (c) trucks.

      Vehicle Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the number of new UK built (a) cars, (b) vans and (c) trucks exported in each of the last three years.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the members of the World Trade Organisation, broken down by the size of their (a) gross domestic product and (b) per capita...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Fines

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what his estimate is of the revenue cost as a result of (a) unpaid and (b) uncollected fines in the last five...

    • Fines

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what proportion of fines levied by the courts were collected in full in the last year for which figures are available.

      Immigration Appellate System

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost was in each of the last five years of the administration of the Immigration Appellate System.

      Access to Justice

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures are being taken to increase access to justice for the disadvantaged.

      Access to Justice

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps the Department is taking to ensure access to justice.

      Access to Justice

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the funding allocation for video equipment in courts was for each of the last seven years; and by what percentage it...

      Courts Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what system is in place within the Department to ensure that concerns about practical issues impacting negatively on the...

      Departmental Relocation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what assessment the Department has made of the benefits of relocation of staff to North Staffordshire; and if he...

      Departmental Relocation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many staff in the Department work in (a) the West Midlands and (b) North Staffordshire.

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many applications for entry on the electoral register have been found to be fraudulent since 1997.

      Euro

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs in how many speeches during 2003 (a) he and (b) the Secretary of State declared support for the Government's policy on...

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent steps the Department has taken to promote gender recognition.

      Immigration Appeal Tribunals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement about the Government's proposals for the judicial review of the decisions of immigration...

      Immigration Appeal Tribunals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether a case remitted by the Immigration Appeals Tribunal may be returned to the original adjudicator.

      Immigration Appeal Tribunals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what proportion of appeals remitted back from the Immigration Appeals Tribunal to the adjudicators in 2002–03 were...

      Immigration Appeal Tribunals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the possible outcomes of the remittal process are, with respect to the Immigration Appeals Tribunal.

      Immigration Appeal Tribunals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs in what circumstances appeals are remitted back from the Immigration Appeals Tribunal to the adjudicators; what guidance...

      Immigration Appeal Tribunals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what proportion of appeals which are (a) successful, (b) dismissed, (c) withdrawn and (d) remitted back to the...

      Late Fine Payments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what plans he has to impose automatic sentences on those who are overdue in paying fines by a set period; (2) what...

      Procurement Outsourcing

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the Department's procurement policy with regard to offshore IT and call centre...

      Video Equipment

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) how many complaints have been received from (a) judges, (b) barristers and (c) parties to a case about the quality...

      Video Equipment

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what system of monitoring is in place for parties in a case to report concerns about the quality of video equipment...

      Video Equipment

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs on what quality criteria video equipment is chosen for use in cases which involve vulnerable and intimidated witnesses.

      Video Equipment

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how the video equipment selected for pre-trial hearings differs from that selected for criminal trials; and what criteria...

      Voter Registration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps are taken to ensure that only bona fide constituents are registered on the electoral roll.

  • Health

    • Acute Hospital Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute hospital trusts suspend out-patient waiting lists at less than 21 weeks.

    • Ambulance Service (Radio Network)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the competition for a new national radio network for the ambulance service.

      Ambulance Service (Radio Network)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the Government will ensure that usable spectrum is available to bidders competing to provide a new national radio network for the ambulance service.

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what English acute NHS hospitals do not have antibiotic pharmacists in post.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the incidence of autism in children who were vaccinated with the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (a) before...

      Caesarean Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of births were by caesarean section in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the percentage was (a) five, (b) 10 and...

      Care Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to monitor the fee levels offered by local authorities to finance care.

      Chest Pain Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times for patients to be seen for the first diagnosis at chest pain clinics after referral by a general practitioner were in each...

      Terminal Illnesses (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action is being taken to ensure that there are sufficient (a) palliative care and (b) hospice beds available for children with life-shortening illnesses.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will respond to the correspondence to his Department containing the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Trust's Legacy Project study.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the NHS Pensions Agency will reply to the letter of the hon. Member for Wrexham of 7 October 2003 relating to Mrs. Margaret Bryden (ref SD...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average starting salary of a dentist leaving training and going into (a) an NHS practice and (b) private practice was in 2003; (2) what...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists left training in England in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Staff Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many days have been lost to sickness absence, expressed as days per year per full-time employee, in the Department of Health in each of the last three...

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) people and (b) households received domiciliary care in each year since 1997; (2) what proportion of elderly households received (a)...

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications made by domiciliary care providers for registration with the National Care Standards Commission have been (a) rejected and (b)...

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many domiciliary care providers applied for registration with the National Care Standards Commission in each month since March 2003, broken down by region.

      Environmental Radiation Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish the report of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment; and if he will make a statement.

      Gatwick Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many asylum seekers have arrived at Gatwick airport in each of the last three years claiming to be minors and without identity documents.

      GP Referrals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of cases seen in NHS walk-in centres resulted in referral to the general practitioner with whom the patient is registered in the last year...

      Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultants and (b) trainees in infectious diseases there were in the NHS in England in each year since 1990.

      Information Campaigns and Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure on information campaigns and advertising was for his Department in each year since 1997.

      Key Worker Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Deputy Prime Minister on key worker housing and the land required to provide health services for key workers.

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has reviewed his policy in the light of the Health Service Ombudsman's report on long-term care.

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to his Department of using management consultants has been in each of the last five years.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of mothers have access to a midwifery-led maternity unit.

      Memory Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for a first appointment at a memory clinic from the time of recommendation by a consultant was in (a) England and (b) Dorset...

      Mental Incapacity Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a patient's wishes in the form of an advance directive will be included on the health space of an electronic patient record following legislation...

      Microbiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many consultant microbiologist vacancies there were in the NHS in England on the last date for which figures are available, broken down by...

      NHS Estates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what revaluations of the sites involved in the NHS Estates surplus property disposals have been carried out in the last six months; and when.

      NHS Trusts (Mergers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) hospital trusts, (b) primary care trusts, (c) mental health trusts and (d) ambulance trusts have merged in each of the last six years.

      North Staffordshire Hospital NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he has taken following the Griffiths report into the research framework at North Staffordshire hospital NHS Trust.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) district nurses, (b) community nurses and (c) midwives there were in (i) St. Helens, (ii) Merseyside, (iii) the North West and (iv) England...

      Procurement Outsourcing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ban smoking in public places.

      Sperm Counts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on recent research from the Aberdeen Fertility Centre on sperm counts since 1989; what assessment he has made of links between...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are in place to monitor progress made by (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts in reducing waiting times for...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made by the Changing Workforce Programme in redesigning the roles of diagnostic staff to reduce waiting times.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average wait was for patients to be seen by their own general practitioner in the last year for which figures are available; and what proportion...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the programme protection strategy used by the Pension Service to prevent pension credit...

    • Casual Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees have been employed on 13-week casual appointments in his Department in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Children Leaving Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of children who had been in local authority care were unemployed in the September after leaving school in each of the last five...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of the new council tax benefit in the first full year of operation; and how it compares to the cost of...

      Departmental Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department work in (a) the West Midlands and (b) north Staffordshire.

      Euro

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

      Former Soviet Citizens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether former Soviet citizens resident in this country qualify for the UK state pension; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Support Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will provide individuals claiming income support which is paid into their bank account with documentary proof of their...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the local housing allowance will be extended from the nine Pathfinder authorities to all local authorities. [R]

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons the local housing allowance applies only to the de-regulated private sector. [R]

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how the rent of those tenants whose rent is higher than the local housing allowance will be paid; [R] (2) whether there will be a...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the nine Pathfinder local authorities for local housing allowance will fully implement the new system. [R]

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on the criteria used to set the local housing allowance in each area; [R] (2) how often local housing...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated cost is of local housing allowance in the first full year of operation; and what the equivalent cost of housing benefit...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of local housing allowance on rent restructuring in the de-regulated private rental sector. [R]

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how local housing allowance will be adjusted to take into account improvements that are carried out to an individual property. [R]

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the landlord will be able to apply to have local housing allowance paid directly to him in circumstances when the tenant is likely to...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of (a) the change in the number of homes available to rent to those in receipt of local housing allowance and (b) the...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements are being made in each of the Pathfinder local authority areas to house tenants who have to move from the private to the...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice the Department is offering those tenants who get into financial difficulties following the introduction of local housing allowance;...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how local housing allowance will be paid; and what arrangements will be made for those tenants who do not have a bank account; (2)...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of young people in (a) West Cumbria and (b) Copeland who have benefited from the New Deal; and if he...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have entered the employer option under the New Deal for Young People in each year since 1997, broken down by ethnicity; how...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants on New Deal for Young People in the Chesterfield constituency have been placed on training courses for (a) up to one year...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants have joined the New Deal for Young People (a) once, (b) twice, (c) three times and (d) more than three times, broken down...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North East on 16 December 2003, reference 145191, which was...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of expenditure on the (a) guarantee credit and (b) savings credit in (i) 2003–04, (ii) 2004–05 and (iii)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many telephone inquiries on pension credit have been received in each of the last 12 months.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the advertising budget is for the pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland are receiving pension credit; what percentage this represents of those entitled to pension...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how often his Department revises the standard interest rate used to calculate the mortgage element included in the pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many whole-time equivalent staff were employed by the pension credit helpline in the most recent month for which figures are available.

      Pension Credit Helpline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many calls were received by the pension credit helpline in the most recent month for which figures are available.

      Pensions (Order Book Payments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements were made for pensioners with order books whose pension fell due on Christmas Day 2003; and when they were able to receive...

      Pensions (Warrington, North)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Warrington North have (a) applied for and (b) been awarded the pension credit; and what the average increase in income...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on advertising the availability of Winter Fuel Payments.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what studies his Department undertook to find the most effective way of informing people about their eligibility for Winter Fuel Payments.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Scotland are (a) eligible for the £300 winter fuel payment for the over eighties and (b) have received it this winter.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress since the announcement of the Thames Gateway Communities plan; how much public money has been spent; how much private...

    • Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many houses have been built under plans for the development of the Thames Gateway communities; how many are social housing; how many houses are planned to be...

      Arms Length Management Organisations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been set aside for the funding of newly constituted arms length management organisations for (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05.

      Arms Length Management Organisations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish the results of the arms length management organisation ballots in those local authorities where votes have taken place this year.

      Birmingham Urban Development Plan

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether Pedimore, Sutton Coldfield, has been removed as a major investment site for the West Midlands region in accordance with the independent Inspector's report...

      Birmingham Urban Development Plan

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether Bassetts Pole, Sutton Coldfield, has been removed as a major investment site for the West Midlands region in accordance with the Inspector's report into...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will raise the single person discount on council tax for single pensioners from 25 per cent.; and if he will make a statement.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to reduce the number of older people receiving court summonses for non-payment of council tax, with particular reference to cases where they...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of properties there are in each council tax band in each local authority area.

      Council Tax Disabled Bands

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact of changes to the disabled band council tax reduction on current recipients; and if he will make a statement.

      Council Tax Disabled Bands

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many properties are in receipt of council tax disabled band reductions.

      Dwellings (Conservation Areas)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the recently announced proposals to free up land for development relate purely to councils blocking applications for housing schemes in conservation...

      Finance (Lancashire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what additional money (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley have received from his Department in each of the last three years, expressed in (i) monetary and (ii)...

      Fire Sprinklers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what measures he has taken to improve fire safety using fire sprinklers; (2) what assessment his Department has made of the merits of compulsory...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what quantity of land in the Thames Gateway needs to be re-allocated from employment uses to housing or mixed use to meet the Government's aspirations for...

      Housing (Chorley)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning applications for housing in Chorley have been approved in each of the last five years.

      Housing (Chorley)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much land has been allocated for the next 10 years for new housing in Chorley.

      Housing (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has received on affordable housing in North Yorkshire.

      Housing Strategies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on how older people are involved in planning for housing strategies; and if he will make a...

      Local Authority Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he intends to take to ensure that council tenants are given information on the case for and against the large scale voluntary transfer of council...

      Local Authority Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how he intends to ensure that his undertaking to London council tenants on 27 November 2003 regarding the information to be given to tenants about the...

      Local Authority Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many council houses were sold in each year since 1980; and how many houses were left in local authority ownership each year.

      Local Government (Employment)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the change has been in the number of local government employees since 1997.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what asssessment he has made of the report by Professors Blanchflower and Oswald on Calculating an Appropriate Regional Funding Adjustment for Worcestershire,...

      Local Government Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Government will press local authorities reviewing the potential for re-allocating excess employment land to consider the option of withdrawing sites...

      Local Government Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the quantity of previously developed land that is (a) available for redevelopment and (b) likely to become available for...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Stewart report on mobile phone masts in relation to PPG8, with particular reference to the...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many, and what percentage of recommendations from inspectors called in dealing with (a) planning appeals and (b) applications he overturned in each year since...

      Planning Guidance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account planning authorities in England are required to take of (a) written departmental guidelines circulated to them and (b) ministerial speeches in Parliament.

      Planning Guidance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he has provided to local authorities on the incorporation of estimates for climate change into the definition of floodplain for planning purposes.

      Property Revaluations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research his Department has commissioned on the impact upon pensioners of the revaluation of properties in England in 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Registered Social Landlords

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the registered social landlords under investigation by the Housing Corporation; and if he will make a statement.

      Registered Social Landlords

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received from registered social landlords on allowing them to exceed the cap in relation to the rent increases set down in the...

      Relationship Managers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his Answer of 5 January 2004, Official Report, column 149W, on relationship managers, which authorities rated as weak in 2002 are involved in the...

      Relationship Managers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his Answer of 5 January 2004, Official Report, column 149W, on relationship managers, what assessment was made of Trafford Metropolitan borough...

      Relationship Managers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his Answer of 5 January 2004, Official Report, column 149W, on relationship managers, what discussions have taken place with Trafford Metropolitan...

      Relationship Managers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 5 January 2004, Official Report, column 149W, on relationship managers, what criteria he used to distinguish between councils rated as...

      Sandwell MBC v. Perks

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many properties he estimates will be affected by the judgment in the High Court Case R (Sandwell MBC) v. Perks and the West Midlands (West) Valuation Tribunal...

      Sandwell MBC v. Perks

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make available supplementary funding to local authorities which incur expenditure as a consequence of the judgement in the High Court Case R (Sandwell...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of new build is required to be social housing for (a) rent and (b) shared ownership.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many council houses were sold in Chorley in the last five years; and how many properties remained in local authority ownership in each of those years.

      Sustainable Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress since the announcement of the (a) Milton Keynes, (b) Ashford and (c) Stansted Corridor Sustainable Communities; how much...

      Sustainable Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which Government Departments are involved in plans for the development of the (a) Milton Keynes, (b) Ashford and (c) Stansted Corridor Sustainable Communities;...

      Unfit Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assistance is available for repairing structurally unfit houses owned by the (a) elderly and (b) disabled; and if he will make a statement.

      Water Supply

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what additional water supply infrastructure is likely to be required for the additional homes proposed for the Thames Gateway up to 2016.

      West Midlands Regional Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to publish the final version of the West Midlands Regional Planning Guidance.

      Wychavon District Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what account he took, in setting the revenue support grant for Wychavon District Council for 2004–05, of cost pressures on the council flowing from...

  • House of Lords

    • House of Lords: Post Received

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What was the monthly average of the number of items of post received in the House of Lords in 2003; and how this compares to the figures for 2002 and 2001.

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 20 November (WA 357), why the physical competence test for the Police Service of Northern Ireland was moved...

      North/South Language Implementation Body: Budget 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Eire Government announced the 2004 budget allocations for the Cross-Border Language Implementation Body unilaterally in November; and why the proper...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer concerning the supply of final accounts for cross-border implementation bodies, why there was a delay in the accounts for 2000 for...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether under the care and maintenance policy in place for cross-border implementation bodies it is possible for a decision to be taken to relocate a headquarters...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 18 December 2003 (WA 162) concerning the pension provision for staff of cross-border implementation bodies,...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8 September 2003 (WA 6) concerning the budget of the cross-border implementation bodies set up under the...

      Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman: Budget 2002–03

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the financial year 2002–03 what was the proposed budget for the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman; and how much was spent.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans Waterways Ireland has to improve the tourist potential of the waterway system in 2004.

      Northern Ireland: Civil Servants and Smoking

      asked her Majesty's Government: What is the average annual cost of providing 144 smoking chambers on their premises in Northern Ireland for use by civil servants.

      Northern Ireland Assembly: November 2003 Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the November 2003 elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly were fairly conducted.

      International Financial Institutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support the proposal for a Global Governance Group made up of the 24 heads of government whose countries provide directors for the World Bank and the...

      Africa: Primary Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they still expect all African countries to achieve universal primary education by 2015.

      Africa: Primary Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence they have of the achievement of universal primary education in those African countries where they sustain an active education programme.

      Africa: Primary Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received any reports on the effect of the abolition of school fees, as in Malawi, on the achievement of universal primary education; and whether...

      Employment Tribunals: Exceptional Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 5 July 2001 (WA 51), in respect of how many discrimination cases in employment tribunals has exceptional...

      Indonesia: Human Rights in Aceh

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the Human Rights Watch report published on 17 December 2003 Aceh Under Martial Law: Inside the Secret War, they will request the...

      Gypsy/Traveller Pupils: Key Stage 4 Participation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to improve the 47 per cent participation in education of traveller pupils at key stage 4 as outlined by the Office for Standards in...

      Higher Education: Recruitment of Director of Fair Access

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of reference and job specification for the proposed holder of the Office for Fair Access in Higher Education.

      Hutton Inquiry and Open Government

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they regard the method adopted by Lord Hutton's inquiry as making a significant contribution to the promotion of greater openness in government in...

      Gender Recognition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to legalise marriage between persons each possessing the XX chromosome (or each possessing the XY chromosome) and each possessing the genitalia...

      Gender Recognition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they attribute the same meaning to the word "sex" as to the word "gender".

      Gender Recognition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are aware of any cases of persons certified at birth as male who have given birth to children.

      Gender Recognition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have changed their sex in the last five years for which records are available.

      Gender Recognition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make it a criminal offence to lie when a person is asked about his or her biological sex by a member of the clergy in connection with a marriage...

      Gender Recognition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it will be possible for biological male persons whose births have been registered as female under the Gender Recognition Bill to be charged with, and found...

      Health Cash Plan Providers: Tax Treatment of Surpluses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in addressing the problems caused to HealthSure Group Ltd and other not-for-profit health cash plan providers by the change in the tax...

      Construction Industry: Raw Materials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to repair the national shortage of raw materials which contributes to the growth in costs in the construction industry.

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