Written answers

Wednesday, 21 January 2004

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will rule out amending to 15 per cent. the Government's 2010 target for reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

    • Montreal Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how her Department is working to ensure that the UK fulfils its obligations under the Montreal Protocol.

      Nuclear Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the audited amount of (a) plutonium and (b) uranium at each nuclear energy facility which was unaccounted...

      Oral Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason she has made no oral statement to the House on an environmental matter since July 2002.

      Packaging Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2003 were not...

      Protected Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the criteria are for designating a wild species of animal as protected.

  • Transport

    • Drink-driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has undertaken of the impact on drink-related accidents of lowering the legal limit of alcohol for drivers from 80 mg to 50 mg; and...

    • Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) injuries and (b) fatalities of employees of shipping companies there were in each year since 1997, broken down by company.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) injuries and (b) fatalities to workers on ships there were in each year since 1997.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions, in each year since 1990, powers to direct a ship to leave UK waters have been used, giving in each case the reason for the direction.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what further sanctions are available to his Department to recover fines where an airline has been banned from United Kingdom airspace due to...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will reduce the charges levied on users of British airspace as a result of the transfer of responsibility for aviation safety regulation from the...

      Bus Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his plans to work with the Office of Fair Trading to clarify the position on the ability of bus companies and local...

      Car Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of (a) the number of people driving on roads in England and Wales without adequate insurance cover in each of the last five...

      Car Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the average cost to the insurance premium holder in each of the last five years of driving without insurance.

      Flight Paths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department has issued to airlines in respect of flight paths that take commercial aircraft above 30,000 feet.

      Flight Paths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what environmental assessment has been made of the (a) benefits and (b) disbenefits of commercial aircraft flying at (i) 20,000, (ii) 25,000, (iii)...

      Kazahkstan (Air Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to argue, in his discussions with the Government of Kazahkstan, that a charter service from Uralsk to Amsterdam cannot be...

      Lower Airspace Radar Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) why he has initiated a regulatory impact assessment on the funding of his Lower Airspace Radar Service; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of the proportion of congestion on roads in England and Wales which is caused by poorly planned and lengthy street works carried...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the Highways Agency's budget was spent on road maintenance projects in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what major improvements are planned to the trunk road network.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how sums of money raised in fines from speed cameras in Essex which have exceeded the totals spent on purchasing and operating speed cameras in Essex...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answers of 6 January 2004, Official Report, columns 215W and 216W, and his answer of 13 January 2004, Official Report, columns...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has made representations to Transport for London regarding (a) reliability and (b) comfort, under each of the PPP contracts for...

  • Wales

    • Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary on the devolution of higher education funding for students to the National Assembly for Wales.

    • National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the impact of the national minimum wage in Wales.

      Prisoners (Police Cells)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with North Wales police authority about reducing the numbers held in police cells in north Wales.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the Barnett formula.

      NHS Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales Government on the funding of the NHS in Wales.

  • Defence

    • Airfield Support Service Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated aggregate costs incurred by the three bidding consortia for the Airfield Support Service Project are.

    • Al Yamamah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the 1992 National Audit Office report about the Al Yamamah programme.

      Armed Forces Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements he intends to make in relation to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme and compensation to ensure that (a) a beneficiary is guaranteed five...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the budget for army combat arms training was in each month since January 2001.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many army musicians were obliged to down-rank on transferring to the Guards regiments from other regiments; and what effect this down ranking will...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial restrictions have been placed on army recruiting.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will provide a substantive reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes of 24 November 2003 about Mrs. Iris Griffiths of Kingsbridge and...

      Departmental Posts (Gibraltar)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilian and (b) service posts in his Department in Gibraltar will be (i) transferred to the private sector and (ii) removed.

      Forces Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what statistical data his Department collates on the rate of marital break-up among forces personnel.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the application of standards in the UN Basic Principles on the use of force and firearms by law enforcement officials for...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanisms are in place to ensure the (a) impartiality and (b) independence of investigations into non-combatant deaths in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the soldier's card issued to forces serving in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the contracts let to private contractors for the supply and support of UK troops in Iraq, stating in each case the nature and value of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 8 January, Official Report, column 453W, on Iraq, when the Iraq Survey Group is to make its final recommendations.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his strategy is for ensuring that children in Iraq do not come into contact with depleted uranium.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed in the Iraq Survey Group.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the 9,100 ISO containers used for Operation TELIC are missing and unaccounted for by his Department.

      Iraq

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what number and percentage of Army Medical Service reserve personnel have left the service following Operation Telic.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list the other national contingents under the command of 3 (UK) Division; (2) if he will list the countries involved in the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the failure rate of the bomblets in the cluster munitions his Department purchased from BAe Systems in 2003;...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contractors' bid costs have been refunded in full, or in part, as a result of procurement competitions being terminated or substantially altered...

      Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) full-time reservists with full commitment contracts, (b) full-time reservists with limited commitment contracts, (c) full-time reservists...

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many married quarters (a) were released to Annington Homes in each year since 1996 and (b) are projected to be released in each of the next five...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Territorial Army serving in (a) 2 Signals Brigade and (b) its subordinate units have been mobilised during Operation Telic.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 8 December 2003, Official Report, column 277W, how many and what percentage of contracts issued by his Department since August...

      University Places (Service Sponsorships)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he and his officials have had with the Department for Education and Skills on the impact of the introduction of top-up fees on service...

      University Places (Service Sponsorships)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of the introduction of top-up fees on the provision of service sponsorships for university places.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department's approach to the human rights issue in Chechnya includes representations to the Chechen Government.

    • Hebron Rehabilitation Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial support the United Kingdom has given to the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee; and if he will make a statement.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli Government concerning the welfare of animals denied access to Palestinian...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what correspondence he has received since 1 July 2003 on the coming into force of the International Convention on the Protection...

      Rwanda and Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what efforts are being made to assist (a) Rwanda and (b) Burundi to bring those guilty of crimes against humanity to justice;...

      Rwanda and Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance is being provided to (a) Rwanda and (b) Burundi to fight terrorism; and if he will make a statement.

      Rwanda and Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support is being provided to efforts to initiate the peace process in Burundi; and if he will make a statement.

      Sunset Clauses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy on the use of sunset clauses in legislation; and which Acts containing such clauses...

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the deadlines were for payment of regular budget contributions to the United Nations for each year since 1993; and when the...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have been held with representatives of (a) the UN, (b) the Government of Morocco and (c) the Polisario...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has received from Zimbabwean journalists on issues surrounding freedom of the press in that...

  • Minister for Women

    • Directorships

      To ask the Minister for Women if she will make a statement on the number of women holding directorships in FTSE 100 companies; and what this represents as a percentage of the total number of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Gambling Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the expected timetable is for the draft Gambling Bill after the consultation period ends.

    • Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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...

  • Church Commissioners

    • McClean Review

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners when he expects the publication of the first report of the McClean Review into clergy terms of service to the...

  • Prime Minister

    • 11 September

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has made to President Bush about assistance for families of British victims of events on 11 September 2001 in pursuing inquiries into those events.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the United Kingdom has shared with the United States Administration and US intelligence services the information on alleged Iraqi attempts to procure uranium...

  • Treasury

    • Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment has been made of the impact of the aggregates levy since its introduction on the quarrying industry in (a) the East Midlands and (b)...

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) percentage rate and (b) actual tax revenue for air passenger duty was in each year since 1994.

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what amounts (a) the Welsh Block and (b) the Scottish Block has been changed as a consequence of change in public funding for the Royal Botanic Gardens,...

      Charitable Donations (Developing Countries)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of charitable donations from the United Kingdom to developing countries in each of the last five years.

      Civil Service (Disabled People)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the number of employees in his Department who have a disability, broken down by disability type.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to reply to the letter dated 5 November 2003 from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding EU children's clothes VAT plans.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of widening the VAT reduction to 5 per cent. on energy saving materials; (2) if he will take steps to...

      Excise Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on combating the evasion of excise taxes within the European Union.

      Fuel Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to increase the duty on liquefied petroleum gas; and if he will make a statement.

      Inland Revenue Code of Practice 26

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Inland Revenue's Code of Practice 26 will be made available to members of the public at local tax offices.

      World Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement about the terms and conditions relating to (a) loans made by the International Monetary Fund to third world countries and (b)...

      Places of Worship/Historic Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the implementation of existing VAT Directives relating to the care of listed places of worship; (2) what fiscal...

      Public Expenditure (Allocation within UK)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the figures listed in Table 8.6b and 8.13b of the Corrigendum to Chapter 8 of the Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2003, what...

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes he plans to make to determinants of the grant, other than the Barnett Formula, paid to the Scottish Executive in 2004.

      Sports Clubs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many community and amateur sports clubs are registered for tax relief; (2) what steps he is taking to promote the package of tax concessions...

      Telephone Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was derived in 2002–03 by Government Departments and agencies from use of the 0870 telephone number which charges callers.

      Thames Gateway Bridge

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Thames Gateway Bridge will be included in the comparator expenditure for the purposes of allocations under the Barnett Formula; and how much...

      Tourism (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to amend the VAT rate on tourism services, with particular reference to tourist accommodation.

      Trade Union Recognition Ballots

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what types of expenses accrued by a company campaigning against a trade union recognition ballot would be (a) tax deductible and (b) able to be offset...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many induction centres for asylum seekers there are in the UK; and how many asylum seekers have been processed by induction centres since...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many induction centres for asylum seekers the Government plans to open; when they will open; and where.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers he expects will be processed by each induction centre; and what the expected cost is of each centre.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of asylum seekers reached the UK in 2003 (a) as a result of illegal people-smuggling operations conducted by criminal gangs...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence he has collated of links between the change in the number of asylum seekers and people traffickers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications the UK received from citizens of Sri Lanka in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002 and (d) 2003.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications have been received from citizens of Sri Lanka since it was included in the list of designated countries on 17...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants who are citizens of Sri Lanka were given permission to stay in the UK in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002 and (d)...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women were held in prisons in England and Wales owing to no final decision having been reached on their right to...

      Civic Renewal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to encourage people to take part in community action for the purposes of civic renewal.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of the hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham of 10 July 2003.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his normal practice is for the length of time taken to reply to correspondence.

      Cyber-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his assessment of the current risk to British security posed by cyber-terrorism.

      Uninsured Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in each police force area were charged by police with driving without insurance in each of the last five years.

      Euro

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

      Give as You Earn Scheme

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

      Illegal Entrants (Amnesties)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what amnesties in the form of permission to stay have been offered to people who entered the country illegally during the last 15 years; and when.

      Immigration Surcharge

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason he is planning to levy a surcharge on those coming to the UK (a) for higher education and (b) to take up employment; what...

      Imprisonable Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many imprisonable offences have been created since 1997.

      Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will encourage leaders of the Islamic faith in the United Kingdom to support the reform of Islamic law which calls for the death...

      Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures the Government is taking to protect members of the Islamic faith who convert to Christianity.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a British passport with biometric data and bar coding will be available; and at what cost.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how an applicant for a new British passport will be able to provide biometric information for the passport; and how system security will be...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the forms of biometric and bar code data that will be encompassed within the new British passport.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to introduce an exit centre in HM Prison Leeds for people leaving prison, to link addiction, mental health,...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women were (i) serving a life sentence for murder and (ii) category A prisoners on 1 January.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the reasons for the change in the percentage of remand prisoners who are women convicted and awaiting sentence.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) magistrates and (b) judges have sufficient information to make the most effective use of prison...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of staff employed within his Department are over 55 years of age; and what (a) number and (b) percentage of staff recruited...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department further to his answer of 13 January 2004, Official Report, column 669W, with which offences under the Terrorism Act 2001 the 94 individuals...

      Domestic Violence

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Fuel Poverty (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many fuel poor households there are in (a) Lancashire and (b) each district in Lancashire; (2) how many (a) children and (b)...

    • National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money her Department has allocated to the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux (a) in each of the last three years and (b)...

      Bank of Credit and Commerce International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the head of the Insolvency Service last met the liquidators of BCCI.

      Bank of Credit and Commerce International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many representations she has received from hon. Members about the liquidation of BCCI.

      Bank of Credit and Commerce International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to receive the annual report of the liquidators of BCCI.

      Business Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to restrict the implementation of new business regulations to two specific dates each year, 1 April and 1 September; and if...

      Consumer Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the Office of Fair Trading intends to encourage new code sponsors to apply for OFT approval.

      Consumer Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her Department's work with the Office of Fair Trading on consumer credit law reform.

      Consumer Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the Office of Fair Trading intends to improve the fitness checking of consumer credit licence applicants through access to criminal records.

      Consumer Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of the feasibility of capping annual percentage rates on credit cards but not on short-term loans; (2)...

      EU Tarrifs/Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what quantitative assessment she has made of the likely financial benefit to the least developed countries of the admission by Europe of...

      European Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 7 January, Official Report, column 380W, on Posting of Workers Directive, what research she has (a) commissioned and...

      European Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on breaches of the Working Time Directive in the UK, with particular reference to (i)...

      European Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the value to UK (a) employers and (b) employees of the UK allowing an opt-out to the Working Time Directive.

      European Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place in the Library a copy of the research document commissioned by her Department on The use and necessity of Article 18(b)(1)...

      Home Security Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to prevent companies selling alarm systems from gaining access to homes by claiming to be carrying out a security check.

      Insolvency Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the administrative costs were of the Insolvency Service in each year since 1997; and if she will break down these costs for 2003–04...

      Protectionism (Labelling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what evidence she has collated on the use of national and regional labelling schemes as a protectionist barrier to trade.

      Research Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the funding for (a) the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils and (b) the grant-in-aid...

      Steel Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with the United States on steel tariffs on United Kingdom steel exports.

      Strike Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many days have been lost to strike action in each month since January 1997.

      Supermarkets and Suppliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to receive the report from the Office of Fair Trading into the code of practice between suppliers and supermarkets. [R]

      Trade Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is her policy in trade negotiations to pursue a comprehensive approach across the board for all products and all sectors without a...

      Trade Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is her policy to seek bound reduction of high tariffs, particularly tariff plans, with a view to securing greater tariff...

      Trade Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is her policy to seek the binding of unbound tariffs at commercially acceptable levels.

      Trade Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is her policy to seek improved geographical coverage of (a) zero-duty sectoral agreements and (b) sectoral tariff harmonisation...

      United Kingdom Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the volume of United Kingdom trade with each of the full members of the G20 was in each of the last 10 years.

      Unsolicited Telephone Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what actions she has taken to limit unsolicited telephone calls for the purpose of selling goods and services.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of (a) total employees, (b) female employees and (c) male employees in the UK worked an average of more than 48 hours per week...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Director General of the World Trade Organisation since 15 December 2003.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what general tariff reduction formula is supported by her Department.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will identify technical barriers to trade which harm (a) the United Kingdom and (b) developing countries.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the EU's stance at the Geneva trade talks on (a) industrial market access and (b) special and differential...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is her policy to seek greater use of (a) mediation and (b) resolution of trade disputes prior to formal recourse to the World Trade...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she had with Commissioners Lamy and Fischer before the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in Cancun about the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Civil Service (Disabled People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will set out the number of employees in his Department who have a disability, broken down by disability type.

    • Demography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his estimate is of the size of each minority group, including Travellers, in Northern Ireland.

      Development Plan, Killyleath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when a decision will be made in relation to the proposed development plan for Gocean, Killyleagh; and if he will make a statement.

      Healthy Eating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to promote healthy eating in schools in Northern Ireland.

      Heart Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the need for the provision of heart defibrillators in (a) leisure facilities, (b) entertainment complexes, (c)...

      International Tendering Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Northern Ireland firms have been assisted by the International Tendering Fund; and what the effect has been on winning overseas contracts.

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what he recommends as a reasonable period of time before an applicant can expect to be informed whether his or her planning application is...

      Racist Incidents (Health Workers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his estimate is of the number of racist incidents involving (a) nurses, (b) other hospital staff and (c) workers in health and social...

      Regional Cancer Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress on the Northern Ireland regional CAncer Centre, with particular reference to staffing.

      Road Gritting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the cost was of gritting roads during the winter of each year since 2000–01; (2) how and by whom decisions are taken regarding...

      Sheep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to improve the identification of sheep in Northern Ireland.

      Waterways (Pollution)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many convictions there have been for pollution of waterways in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) his Department and (b) each agency and non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department has spent on (i)...

    • Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to send an independent international commission of inquiry to Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had on human rights abuses in Darfur with the Sudanese authorities.

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of eligible heavily indebted poor countries committed to poverty reduction have received irrevocable debt relief.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department are involved in in (a) Gaza and (b) the West Bank, aimed at improving public access to water for (i)...

      Global Health Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact over the last 12 months of the Global Health Fund in tackling (a) HIV/AIDS, (b) tuberculosis...

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what the result has been of his Department's technical and financial contribution to the development and implementation of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what studies have been made of cancer rates in Iraq (a) from 1991 to 2002 and (b) since the end of hostilities on 1 May 2003.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on (a) secondments, (b) consultants and (c) security as part of its expenditure on humanitarian and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what efforts his Department have made to employ Iraqis in development work in that country.

      Jharkand

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department are involved in development work in the Indian state of Jharkand.

      Low-income Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's bilateral programme has gone to low-income countries in each of the last six years.

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the United Kingdom will give developing countries to enact the World Health Organisation's recommendation that...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made by each country in meeting the millennium development goal to halve the proportion of people whose income...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the percentage change between 1990 and 2003 was in the numbers of people below the minimum level of dietary energy consumption in...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made by each country in meeting the millennium development goals to halve between 1990 and 2015 the proportion...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the change was between 1990 and 2003 in the share of the poorest quintile in national consumption in each country covered by the...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress each country has made in meeting the millennium development goal that, by 2015, all children will be able to commence a...

      Trade Liberalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what input his Department has made into the (a) design and (b) implementation of the initiative by the International Monetary Fund and...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries receive (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral aid from the UK Government; and how much each received from his Department...

      UN Microcredit Year

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what preparations his Department are making for the UN Microcredit Year in 2005.

      UN Microcredit Year

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the United States since the breakdown of the World Trade Organisation ministerial...

      UN Microcredit Year

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people made up the delegations of the developing countries at the World Trade Organisation ministerial conference in Cancun.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the Government of Zimbabwe have reduced their arrears to the World Bank since December 2002.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of (a) the level and (b) the geographical distribution of food shortages in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the extent of political abuse by the Zimbabwe Government of food aid provided by his Department.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of how much food aid is reaching the people of Zimbabwe.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Professor Sir Roy Meadow

      To ask the Solicitor-General in how many cases in which parents were charged with causing the death of a child, was expert evidence given by Professor Sir Roy Meadow.

    • Professor Sir Roy Meadow

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) women and (b) men are serving jail sentences as a result of court cases in which expert evidence was given by Professor Sir Roy Meadow.

      Security Passes

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) the Department and (ii) departmental agencies in the last 12 months.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Learning Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of people in the Brentford and Isleworth constituency who will benefit from the pilot of the Adult...

    • Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information his Department collects on the level of basic skills.

      Behaviour Improvement Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his Answer of 8 January (145433), if he will list the 60 Behaviour Improvement Programme local education authorities and the...

      Biodefence Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of whether universities satisfactorily ensure physical, personnel and information security in the performance of...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many incidents of bullying have taken place in schools in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each of the last three years.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what research his Department has commissioned on bullying in schools; (2) what data his Department collates on bullying in schools.

      Career Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the place of career guidance within the provision by the Connexions Service.

      Career Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is his policy to ensure that (a) access to and (b) provision of careers guidance and advice is equal between young people (i) in...

      Career Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what qualifications are required of Connexions personal advisers who are expected to provide careers guidance and advice.

      Children Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions have been held with local government representatives about the forthcoming Children Bill.

      Connexions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Connexions Service clients there were in each year since its establishment, broken down (a) by Connexions service area and (b) by...

      Connexions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is the policy of the Connexions Service to give special attention to young people not in education, employment or training.

      E-registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the procedures are for monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of the funding by the Department of schools' e-registration systems.

      Gap Years

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received from (a) schools, (b) parents and (c) pupils about the intentions of year 12 or lower 6th students...

      Gap Years

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he intends to have with charitable organisations in respect of the impact of his proposals for higher education funding on...

      School Exclusions (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) short-term, (b) long-term and (c) permanent (i) high schools and (ii) primary schools exclusions there were in Lancashire in...

      School Exclusions (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupil exclusions took place in each of the last three years in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps have been taken to introduce a replacement scheme for individual learning accounts; when the replacement scheme will commence;...

      Microsoft Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new licences for Microsoft products were purchased by schools in (a) 1999, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002; and what the cost was in each...

      Microsoft Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether, under the terms of the memorandum between Microsoft and the British Educational Communications and Training Agency, schools will...

      Microsoft Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many licences for Microsoft products are held by state schools; and what the total cost of such licences to the schools is.

      Microsoft Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of new licences purchased in each of the last five years by schools are OEM type licences that come outside the agreement...

      Microsoft Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate the savings on software licences following the recent agreement between the British Educational Communications and...

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people under 22 are enrolled in or started modern apprenticeships in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04.

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the total population are qualified to apprentice in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) France and (c) Germany.

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people were enrolled on apprenticeships in the United Kingdom in each year since 1995.

      Modern Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans his Department have to train specialist primary modern language teachers.

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many exclusions from English primary schools there were in the last three years; (2) how many (a) short-term, (b) long- term and...

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were excluded from school in each local education authority in each year since 1997.

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children aged (a) between four and 11, (b) between 12 and 16 and (c) between 16 and 18 have been excluded from school in each...

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what records the Government keeps on the causes for school exclusions; and whether it lists them by category.

      Pupil/Teacher Ratios

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the pupil/teacher ratio was for each local education authority for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each year since 1997.

      School Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils entered primary and secondary schools in each local education authority for the most recent year for which information is...

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with the Cabinet Office's strategy and delivery units on changes to the way funding may be allocated to schools;...

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local education authorities have made representations to ministers in his Department about school funding since October 2003.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills at what level Government funding per pupil will be in each of the next 10 years.

      School Trips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 8 January, Official Report, column 473W, on school trips, if he will assess the average annual costs to schools of...

      School-leavers (Qualifications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the total population left school without basic school leaving qualifications in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) France and...

      Schools Voluntary Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made with his plans to encourage retired professionals to assist in schools on a voluntary basis; and what programmes...

      Departmental Circulars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the circular documents that were sent by his Department to (a) primary and (b) secondary schools between (i) 1 September...

      Departmental Circulars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many circular e-mails were sent by his Department to (a) primary and (b) secondary schools between (i) 1 September 2002 and 31 August...

      Skills Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the resources required to address skills shortages in former coalfield areas.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Sure Start schemes are operating in England; and how many of these are community-led schemes.

      Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of GCSE-equivalent qualifications were vocational in each year since 1997.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to reduce delays in processing council tax benefit claims.

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to relax restrictions on council tax benefit eligibility for pensioners who have modest savings; and if he will make a statement.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to give the pension service overall responsibility for raising the take-up of council tax benefit in partnership with...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to what extent, and for what reason he has agreed to delegate decisions over the level of housing benefit or council tax benefit to the...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff responsible for detection of benefit fraud have been employed by his Department in each year since 1997, broken down by region;...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to produce United Kingdom estimates of housing benefit fraud and error for 2002–03.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been convicted of benefit fraud twice within three years since 1997; how many of these have had their benefit (a) reduced...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners were in receipt of (a) full and (b) partial council tax benefit in Huntingdon in each of the last three financial years.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the uptake of council tax benefit in Wirral South.

      Care Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the Care Direct pilots.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed disability living allowance for the financial years (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03, broken down by disability...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to reduce the complexity of the application process for disability living allowance.

      Incapacity Benefit Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many incapacity benefit appeal cases processed by the social security office in Dundee in the last year it has taken more than two...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to re-consider the upper limit on the Independent Living Fund; and what implications this has for clients in need of highly...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the dismissal of 350 temporary staff by Jobcentre Plus London Region in February and March, with particular...

      Low-income Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the equivalent thresholds to the absolute low income threshold of £210 per week for a couple with one child under 16 published in...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have gained sustained, unsubsidised employment on (a) their first time, (b) their second time and (c) their third or more...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have benefited from the New Deal in Chorley since 1998.

      Occupational Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the implications of recent and proposed EU Directives on funding levels in occupational pension schemes for...

      Direct Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in the Angus constituency have changed their method of receiving payment of their retirement pension from pension book to...

      Direct Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in the Angus constituency received their retirement pension by means of (a) pension book and (b) direct payment into a bank...

      Direct Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to how many pension and benefit claimants his Department will write to invite them to move to direct payment.

      Direct Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) working age benefits, (b) disability and carers' benefit, (c) retirement pension, (d) child benefit and (e) war pensions claimants...

      Direct Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension and benefit claimants who were sent letters inviting them to move to direct payment have indicated that they cannot open or...

      Direct Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice he is offering to local authority social services departments on direct payments with a view to encouraging each authority to adopt...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many calls to the Pension Credit Helpline since April were completed with a successful claim of the Pension Credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Buckingham constituency (a) have applied for, (b) are eligible for and (c) have received the pension credit in 2003.

      Pensioners (Hemsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Hemsworth constituency receive benefits at the Post Office.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on poverty levels in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK in the last five years.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications were made by lone parents to the Social Fund in England in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional expenditure resulting from large scale voluntary transfers and the formation of arm's length management organisations for...

      Third Age Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the progress his Department have made in respect of the Third Age Service.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will extend the winter fuel payment to severely disabled people under 60.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what information he has collated on the ways in which other EU governments intend to implement Article 7.3 of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to report on the review of Part M of the Building Regulations; and if he will make a statement.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans there are to replace green goddesses with more up-to-date firefighting equipment.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the newly-appointed Chief Executive of Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, will be in post.

      Government Office for London

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much Government money was distributed by the Government Office for London in each year since 1999–2000; and what is forecast to be distributed in...

      Government Office for London

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the running costs of the Government Office for London were in each year since 1999–2000; and what the forecast is for 2003–04.

      Government Office for London

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff were employed by the Government Office for London in each year since 1999–2000; and how many are forecast to be employed in 2003–04.

      Government Office for London

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the projects managed by the Government Office for London in 2003–04.

      Housing (Yorkshire and Humberside)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the difference is between the housing capital allocation for local authorities in (a) Yorkshire and (b) Humberside for 2005–06 and 2004–05; what...

      Liveability Fund

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the local authorities which have been successful in bidding for the Government's Liveability Fund; and what criteria were used to determine which...

      Registered Social Landlords

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many tenants of registered social landlords there are (a) in England, (b) in each housing authority area and (c) in each region.

  • Health

    • Operation Global Mercury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what lessons have been learned from Operation Global Mercury; whether identified failings have been addressed; and if he will make a statement.

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list the vacancy (a) rates and (b) numbers for NHS ambulance staff, broken down by grade, in (i) England and (ii) each ambulance service...

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish the guidelines given to NHS trusts in reporting cancelled operations, with particular reference to guidelines on the use of...

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the rules relating to the time of cancellation for acute hospital trusts to record operations as cancelled for non-clinical...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of elderly patients in care and residential homes who are (a) malnourished and (b) assessed as being at...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the change in full-time equivalents in post in the dental workforce as a result of early retirement was in each year since 1990.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS employees were expelled in each of the last five years.

      Diagnostic and Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which inspectorate (1) (a) has responsibility and (b) will have responsibility after 1 April for (i) registering and (ii) inspecting independent...

      E-auction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what further plans he has for the use of e-auction as a method of purchasing clinically prescribed equipment in the NHS [R]; (2) what plans he has...

      Hospital Beds (Lincolnshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change in the number of beds available for NHS treatment in Pilgrim Hospital, Boston there has been in each year since 1995.

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of the computer contract signed between his Department and BT; what the contract covers; what time period is covered by the contract;...

      Kidderminster Diagnostic and Treatment Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons are for the delay in opening the Kidderminster diagnostic and treatment centre; and whether the contractors are subject to penalty payments.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the proportion of nurses per head of population was in (a) St. Helens, (b) Merseyside, (c) the North West and (d) England in each year since 1992.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 5 January 2004, Official Report, column 203W, on nurse recruitment, if he will list the countries from which his Department has...

      Oxfordshire Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the proposal to amalgamate the South East Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust with the South West Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust.

      Prescription Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual cost of prescription fraud has been in the last five years.

      Private Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he will ensure that private contractors in the NHS will not be able to recruit NHS staff indirectly through private agencies.

      Private Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where the staff required by private contractors are expected to come from if they cannot be recruited from the NHS; and what proportion of recruitment is...

      Private Contractors (Netcare)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of whether, over the long-term, Netcare will employ staff that would otherwise have been employed by the NHS.

      Private Contractors (Netcare)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the change in the number of health professionals from South Africa working in the UK as a result of the award of contracts...

      Scrutiny Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the maximum number of local government overview scrutiny committees is that a national service within the NHS could have to report to under the terms...

      Student Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of student nurses who enrolled for courses in (a) general nursing, (b) paediatric nursing, (c) midwifery and (d) psychiatric nursing...

      Student Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the drop-out rate was in England for student nurses studying (a) general nursing, (b) paediatric nursing, (c) midwifery and (d) psychiatric nursing...

      Worcestershire Royal Infirmary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by how much the unitary fee for the Worcestershire Royal Infirmary increases each year; and whether this annual increase was specified in the contract.

  • House of Lords

    • Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986: Project Licence Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to change the way they handle project licence applications under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

    • Asylum Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they plan to publish the summary report on responses to the new legislative proposals on asylum reform.

      Charities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many charities there are in the United Kingdom; and how many of these are (a) incorporated trading and incorporated non-trading charities; and (b)...

      Transpennine Rail Services:Blackpool-Scarborough

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether through trains will continue to run between Scarborough, York, Leeds, Burnley Manchester Road, Preston and Blackpool following the introduction of the new...

      Pension Credit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the cost in 2003–04 if the deemed income from capital for the pension credit was £1 per £1,000 of savings.

      Company Law Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to legislate on the duties of skill and care of the directors of public companies; and, if so, whether Parliament will be afforded the...

      Equal Pay Act 1970

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, under the provisions of the Equal Pay Act 1970, benefits such as free accommodation can be taken into account in determining equal pay.

      Equal Pay Act 1970

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, under the provisions of the Equal Pay Act 1970, benefits other than free accommodation can be taken into account in determining equal pay.

      Patent Infringements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to protect entrepreneurs from the increasing problem of patent infringement.

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