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Written answers

Tuesday, 27 January 2004

  • Solicitor-General

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases the Crown Prosecution Service has prosecuted on Merseyside that concern domestic violence which have been pursued by the police as primary complainant...

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the overall conviction rate for cases pursued by the Serious Fraud Office was in 2003.

  • Transport

    • Cycle Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has issued to local authorities in respect of the width of cycle lanes; and if he will make a statement.

    • Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 6 January 2004, Official Report, column 216W, on speed cameras, how much money was raised in fines by the Essex Safety Camera...

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will meet the March deadline for awarding the full-production contract for the CVF.

    • Airfield Support Service Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what part of his Department's budget the equipment and services to be provided under the Airfield Support Service Project will come from; and what the...

      Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many sets of body armour have been issued by the Army since 1989; to which units they have been issued, and in what quantities; how many men served...

      Foreign Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many foreign aircraft, and of what makes and type, have been hired by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Future Rapid Effects Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce the name of the company selected to undertake the assessment phase of the Future Rapid Effects System project; how much has...

      Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many man training days were available to reserve forces in each of the last five years. [R]

      Sea King Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Royal Navy Sea King helicopters engaged in military action in the Gulf in March 2003 were supplied with (a) night vision equipment and (b) night...

      Service Personnel (Osteoporosis)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the incidence of osteoporosis in British Service personnel and military medical auxiliaries who served in (a) the 1991...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what liaison takes place between English Nature and her Department in relation to the potential disease status of badgers...

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the status is of (a) the Independent Science Group and (b) the TB Forum in relation to the control of TB; what...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 8 December 2003, Official Report, column 217W, how many closed herds where disease prevention...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 December, Official Report, columns 629–30W, on bovine TB, if she will take steps to...

      Bumble Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the relationship between the size of the bumble bee population and the size of the badger...

      Commission on Food and Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how her Department's budget for the implementation of the Commission on Food and Farming's recommendations is to be spent in...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the future economic viability of the dairy industry in the United Kingdom; and if she will...

      Departmental Staff

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

      EU Regulations (Fruit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the impact on imports of bananas from Commonwealth nations in islands around Jamaica arising...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what difference there is in mortality rates in round fish escaping through diamond mesh compared with square mesh.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated mortality is in immature cod entrained by commercial trawl nets which escape through the mesh.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the primary foods consumed by (a) haddock and (b) cod in the North Sea are; and what food they consume if their primary...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated cod by-catch from the industrial fishing fleet in the North sea was in each of the last five years, broken...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the scientific expectancy is of fish stock improvement in the North sea following the 10 per cent. cut in the sandeel quota.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department's scientists have made of the effect on cod fisheries in the North sea of heavy exploitation...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what types of fishing gear are used by the Scottish white fish fleet.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the fishing capacity of a vessel is measured in relation to the effect of different engine power between vessels of...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money from the Common Agricultural Policy has gone into the Yorkshire and Humber region in each of the past five years.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what conditions have been imposed by the European Commission in respect of the submission of claims for expenditures incurred...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what specific and general requirements are imposed or otherwise demanded by the European Commission in relation to...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total value is of the claims made by Her Majesty's Government to the European Commission in respect of costs...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the cost to date is to her Department of (a) auditing and (b) legal fees in respect of (i) investigating claims...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total payments made to date are to farmers in respect of compensation for animals slaughtered by her Department, and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total value is of the payments due to farmers in respect of compensation claimed for animals slaughtered by her...

      Maize Subsidy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the present subsidy regime is for maize production; and what the total amount spent on subsidising maize production was...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the operation of the milk-dairy supply chain.

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on fluctuations in the level of the farm gate price of milk in the last 20 years.

      Organic Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many organic farms there were in England and Wales (a) in 2000 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Permitted Killing Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the permitted methods are for killing (a) moles and (b) rabbits in their runs and burrows.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support the Department provides to the Voluntary Initiative on Pesticides website.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions (a) she and (b) her officials have had with the Treasury regarding a tax on pesticides.

      Pig Welfare (Poland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evaluation she has made of the pig welfare regulations in force in Poland; how they will change on accession to the EU;...

      Poultry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department collates on the (a) quantity and (b) type of (i) therapeutic and (ii) non-therapeutic drugs...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions her Department has initiated in the last 12 months; how many of them resulted in (a) a conviction and...

      US Farm Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with her counterparts in the United States since the breakdown of the World Trade Organisation...

  • Home Department

    • Action on Elder Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will contribute funding to the telephone helpline run by Action on Elder Abuse.

    • Advertising Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total expenditure on information campaigns and advertising was for his Department for each year since 2001–02.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women who had entered the United Kingdom from Somalia and who were refused the right to remain were removed from the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the longest outstanding asylum case still awaiting a final decision is; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people sought (a) political and (b) religious asylum in the United Kingdom in 2003; how many were granted the right to remain; and...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people making asylum applications over the next three years.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of those seeking asylum he expects to be housed in accommodation centres pending their applications being determined.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision is in place for asylum seekers delayed from leaving the United Kingdom through no fault of their own, under the Immigration...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to ensure that child asylum seekers are only detained for very short periods prior to removal.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in ensuring consistent standards in removal centres.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment is made of the needs of children before they go to detention centres.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision is made for children to be educated in detention centres.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Manchester, Central dated (a) 19 August 2003 re Mr. N. reference 0/985393 and (b)...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter dated 8 December 2003 from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding asylum seekers in Scotland.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter dated 31 October 2003 from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding his constituent, Mr. G...

      Criminal Justice Board (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the membership of the local Criminal Justice Board in Gloucestershire and indicate the bodies represented.

      Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the level of drug-related crime in (a) the North West, (b) Lancashire and (c) Chorley; and what the cost of...

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals against refusal of entry clearance from Pakistan by (a) spouses, (b) fiancées, (c) dependent children and (d) dependent...

      Roma

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the numbers of members of the Roma community who will migrate into the UK from Eastern Europe after enlargement...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the reasons for non-collection of fines.

      Immigration Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many presenting officers were in post on 1 October in each of the last four years.

      Medicines (Disposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been in the last five years for the offence of theft of (a) controlled drugs and (b)...

      Penalty Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether an individual can receive penalty points in respect of more than one driving offence committed on the same day.

      Police Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether amendments made by the Association of Chief Police Officers to their media and disciplinary guidelines are publicly available;...

      Prisons (Foreign Nationals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place to ensure that the Immigration Service (a) monitors the sentences of foreign national prisoners, with particular...

      Racist Incident Reporting Form

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the standardised multi-agency racist incident reporting form.

      Risk of Sexual Harm Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons his Department deems it unnecessary to be required to report to Parliament the numbers of risk of sexual harm orders that...

      Terrestrial Trunked Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which recommendations of the National Radiological Protection Board report on health and safety issues of terrestrial trunked radio have been...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 15 January 2004, Official Report, column 894W, on the Terrorism Act, if he will break down, by region, the stops...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings have been held since 25 June of the pilot group tasked with taking forward the recommendation adopted at the EU Justice and...

      Visa Requirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce a visa requirement for all non-EEA nationals entering the UK in the course of business, where the prime purpose of that...

      Yarl's Wood Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the findings of Mr. Stephen Shaw's investigation into the management of Yarl's Wood Removal Centre will be published; and how they will...

      Youth Justice System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when consolidating legislation to create consistent definitions and terminology within the youth justice system will come into effect.

  • Scotland

    • IRA Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on which dates terrorist incidents ascribed to the IRA have taken place in Scotland since 1973.

    • Post Office/Banking Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has held with (a) the Royal Bank of Scotland, (b) Halifax Bank of Scotland and (c) Clydesdale Bank concerning the provision...

      Post Office/Banking Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the impact on the Scottish rural post office network of three of the major Scottish banks not offering full bank services...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last made a needs-based assessment of public expenditure levels in Scotland.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next plans to conduct a needs-based assessment of public expenditure levels in Scotland; and whether he anticipates that such an assessment...

      Sewel Motions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list Sewel motions passed by the Scottish Parliament since 26 June 2003 that apply to his Department's responsibilities and legislation he...

      Solectron Dunfermline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what sums have been paid to the Solectron plant in Dunfermline; and whether funds will be offered to Solectron Dunfermline to assist the relocation of...

  • Treasury

    • Banking Supervision

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints have been received concerning banking supervision in each of the last three years.

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended, (c) dismissed, (d) prosecuted and (e) convicted for involvement in benefit fraud...

      Economic Survey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the paper, "Economic Survey-United Kingdom 2004", published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) of 14 January 2004, Official Report, column 816W, on the Financial...

      Public Finances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action the UK is planning to address the Government deficit mentioned in COM (2004) 29.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children under the age of one year have died suddenly in each of the last 10 years; and what main reasons have been attributed to those deaths in...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what audit mechanisms are in place to determine whether information technology (a) hardware and (b) software products are being used properly in his Department.

      Information Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what cost savings have been made in his Department since the introduction of the Information Technology Procurement Centre of Excellence; and how these were...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who the members of the (a) Financial Services Authority and (b) VAT and Duties Tribunal were on 1 January; what their term of office is in each case; and...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Heritage Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Heritage Lottery funding has been awarded to each Lancashire district in each of the last five years.

    • Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what audit mechanisms are in place to determine whether information technology (a) hardware and (b) software products are being used...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what cost savings have been made in her Department since the introduction of the Information Technology Procurement Centre of...

      Royal Family

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the contribution to the economy in terms of revenue from tourism generated by the Royal Family in each of...

      Royal Parks Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she plans to brief employees of the Royal Parks Constabulary about the details of its proposed merger with the Metropolitan police...

      Stonehenge (Parker Plan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions (a) her Department and (b) English Heritage have had with the proposers of the Parker Plan for road construction near...

      UK Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the recent decisions made by UK Sport concerning (a) the departure of leading officials in sports...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will take action to ensure that payments of civil service pensions by Capita Hartshead to retired civil servants resident in France enjoy the same...

  • International Development

    • Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the Government of Angola about ensuring (a) greater transparency in the management of oil revenues...

    • Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many Angolan refugees in Zambia he estimates will reject the voluntary repatriation programme; and what assessment he has made of...

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to his answer of 19 January 2004, Official Report, column 929W, on Burundi, what assessment he has made of the levels of...

      Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if his Department will (a) arrange and (b) fund a delegation of senior former Members of Parliament to the Democratic Republic of the...

      Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the ability of the Democratic Republic of Congo to hold a general election in 2005; and if he will make...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what amounts were spent by his Department on (a) reconstruction of civilian infrastructure and (b) humanitarian relief in the first 100...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the money pledged by the UK Government at the Madrid Conference has been (a) allocated to reconstruction projects in Iraq...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the supplies of anti-retroviral drugs in Nigeria; and what steps he will take to assist in the event of...

      Preferential Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the European Commission proposal that the G20 be invited to give preferential access to products from...

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures are in place to provide the poorest families of South Africa with (a) water, (b) power and (c) health facilities.

      Sunset Clauses

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

      Zimbabwe

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

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2004, Official Report, column 1319, on Iraq, when he was first informed of the lack of chemical filters on the tanks and armoured...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will instruct the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to answer named day questions on the day specified.

      Vice-chancellor (Buckingham University)

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his Oral Answer of 21 January to the right hon. and learned Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Mr. Howard), if he will (a) name the publication from which or...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made towards democratic elections in Iraq.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total value is of (a) contracts so far issued to British companies working on the reconstruction of Iraq and (b)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has (a) to second (i) electoral registration officers and (ii) other officials and (b) to provide resources to...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage (a) the Israeli Government to dismantle settlements in the Occupied Territories and (b) the...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the information bulletin being issued to foreign nationals arriving in Israel which informs them...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what mechanisms the Israeli Government used to consult the United Kingdom before issuing warnings to British citizens and other...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether there are alternative entry points to those controlled by the Israeli military for British passport holders visiting...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he plans to have with his EU counterparts about the introduction by Israel of regulations forbidding foreign...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made in securing proper judicial process for the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

      Hamdi Acikgoz

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the application by Mr. Hamdi Acikgoz, in Istanbul, for a visa to visit the United Kingdom.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received concerning restrictions on movement within and into the Occupied Palestinian...

      The Netherlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Dutch Government on prospects for a referendum in the Netherlands on a proposed European...

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Palestinian Authority concerning terrorism.

      Burma

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

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much space, expressed in square metres, the Department occupies for the offices of civil servants in (a) central London and...

      Ethiopia/Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of the visit by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to Ethiopia and Eritrea.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in what form minutes were taken of the Intergovernmental Conference on the European Constitution; who took them; to whom they...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's position is on the United Kingdom's rebate in the context of the negotiations on the EU's multi- annual...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to implement the transitional restrictions which the UK can apply in regard to the nationals of the EU...

      Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the international community is taking to prevent crimes of genocide.

      Gibraltar

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

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what audit mechanisms are in place to determine whether information technology (a) hardware and (b) software products are being...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what cost savings have been made in his Department since the introduction of the Information Technology Procurement Centre of...

      International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) budget and (b) UK contribution to the budget for the International Criminal Court (i) is for the current year and...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what new resources he is committing to assist Libya is undertaking the disarmament and dismantling of its weapons of mass...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when Her Majesty's Government first confirmed that Libya was developing nuclear weapons contrary to its commitments under the...

      Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent communications he has had with the governments of the (a) overseas territories and (b) crown dependencies.

      Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how often he communicated with the governments of Britain's overseas territories in the last three years.

      Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of administering Britain's overseas territories is in 2003–04.

      Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit overseas territories over the next year.

      Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the London office of the governments of (a) the Falkland Islands, (b) Gibraltar and (c) the...

      State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what plans he has to accompany Her Majesty the Queen on State visits in the next two years; (2) what overseas visits are...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what records (a) his Department has and (b) have been released on the extent to which the Department was aware of the scale of...

      UN Security Council Resolution 1325

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is in relation to UN Security Council Resolution 1325, with particular reference to Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Reinstatement Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2004, Official Report, column 922W, on reinstatement committees, if she will make a statement on the...

    • Business Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Business Link organisations are in operation; and how much money was spent by each of them in each year since their formation.

      Emissions Trading Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions her Department has had with the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regarding the EU Emissions Trading...

      Emissions Trading Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the impact that the EU Emissions Trading Directive will have on the United Kingdom glass industry.

      Insolvency Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people are employed by the Insolvency Service; and how many were employed in 1997.

      Insolvency Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what complaints she has received on the operation of the Insolvency Service in the last three years.

      Internet Usage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to encourage use of the internet by those who have said that a lack of (a) knowledge, (b) confidence and (c)...

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list information technology contracts in her Department with a value of above £20 million in each of the last 10 years; what...

      Manufacturing Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many manufacturing jobs have been (a) created and (b) lost in (i) Cambridgeshire and (ii) Huntingdon in each of the last three years.

      Market Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is her policy to seek to extend duty-free and quota-free access for all least developed countries exports into all developed...

      Post Office Account Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will set out the circumstances in which her Department authorises Post Office counter clerks to (a) reject and (b) confiscate Post...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices have closed in Brent in each year since 1979.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices there were in England and Wales (a) in 1996 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the outcome was of each of the completed public consultations on proposed post office closures in Wales.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent by each of the regional development agencies in each year since their formation.

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she has received proposals from the European Commission on reform of the sugar regime; and if she will make a statement.

      Work-Life Balance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many and what percentage of working parents requesting (a) flexible working and (b) adoption leave since April 2003 were women.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what central guidance is issued by his Department in relation to the display by local councils of the qualifying rules for council tax disability reduction, with...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account he will take of the Budget Red Book's estimate for the rise in council tax revenues in 2004–05 in determining the level of council tax rises at...

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the review of the Local Government Pension Scheme began; when it will be concluded; and when the conclusions will be published.

      Cambridgeshire Schools Budget

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what date he was informed of the intention of the Secretary of State for Education and Skills to direct Cambridgeshire County Council to increase its school...

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister under what powers he would implement the regionalisation of the Fire Service in Essex without the consent of Essex County Council.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research he has assessed that indicates that the optimum structure for the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is one based on the existing...

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what estimate he has made of the change in the number of jobs in Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service that will be consequent on the proposed...

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Greater London Authority on his plans to regionalise the Fire and Rescue Service.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many retained firefighters were employed by the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service on 1 January.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local housing authorities in England have published a housing strategy; and how many of the published strategies contain policies for reducing the...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the provision of affordable housing; and what plans he has to improve its availability.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has for the re-development of council-owned housing estates during the next 10 years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average waiting time is for a person to be re-housed in Chorley for (a) all housing and (b) old age pensioner housing.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the waiting list figures are in Chorley for (a) all housing and (b) old age pensioner housing for each of the last five years.

      New Build (Chorley)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the amount of brownfield land available for new build in Chorley.

      Permitted Development Order Review

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the organisations and individuals consulted in the Permitted Development Order Review England, published in September 2003.

      Permitted Development Order Review

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what additional consultation is required before progress can be made with the recommendations of the Permitted Development Order Review England, with respect to...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the budget of the information campaign, Elected Regional Assembly: Your Say, is (a) in total, (b) for the East Midlands and (c) for West Derbyshire.

  • Education and Skills

    • British Monarchy Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much time secondary school students spent studying the British monarchy in the last period for which figures are available; (2)...

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in (a) the East Midlands and (b) West Derbyshire lived in poverty in (i) 2001–02 and (ii) 2002–03.

      Departmental Staff

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

      Employer Training Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list, broken down by region, the (a) firms and (b) companies taking part in Employer Training Pilots; and how much public funding...

      Employer Training Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the success rate as defined by his Department is for Employer Training Pilots; and if he will make a statement.

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many expressions of interest were received between the start of the advertising campaign in London in 2002 promoting modern...

      Oath of Allegiance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make provision for school children to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen and the United Kingdom.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on pupil exclusions.

      Rural Youth Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the amount of rural youth grant given to each local authority in the South West since 1997.

      Schoolbags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures are in place in England and Wales to protect children from back injuries sustained through carrying excessively heavy...

      School Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what provision his Department has made to enable schoolchildren to have access to clean drinking water during the school day.

      University Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average public subsidy is for each person attending university in 2003–04.

      University for Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on the University for Industry in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; and what proportion was spent on (i)...

      University for Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of funding provided to the University for Industry by his Department was taken up by learners in 2002–03.

      University for Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the Learning and Skills Council low priority adult funding budget will go to the University for Industry in each local...

      University for Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what liaison takes place between local Learning and Skills Councils and the University for Industry; and if he will make a statement.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Judicial Review

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how the Government intend to deal with judicial review of decisions formerly made by the Immigration Appeals Tribunal.

    • Court Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance his Department gives to the Court Service on political neutrality.

      Court Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance his Department gives to the Court Service on appropriate use of its estate.

      Immigration Appeal Tribunal

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the criteria are for remittal by the Immigration Appeal Tribunal; and where they are listed.

      Jury Research

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made with the consultation on jury research.

      Monarchy

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the future of the monarchy in the UK.

      Royal Courts of Justice

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) if he will list the Court Service's dealings with Workham Marketing for the last three years; (2) whether outside...

  • Health

    • "Making Amends"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to publish responses to the consultation document, Making Amends; and when policy proposals will be published.

    • BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment the Food Standards Agency has made of the arrangements in the USA for (a) testing slaughtered cattle for BSE, (b) surveillance and...

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the United States Administration since 22 December 2003 concerning the integrity of the food chain in the US and...

      Building Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the NHS budget for the current financial year has been allocated to the maintenance of buildings.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action the Government are taking on the prevention of cancer; and what targets have been set for cancer prevention.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has undertaken into links between taking cannabis and schizophrenia.

      Colonoscopies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of colonoscopies were unsuccessful in each of the last five years.

      Coronary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what clinical audit data hospitals and primary care trusts in England have collated that is more than 12 months old covering the information in Milestone...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists' surgeries there are in Brent East constituency.

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to increase the number of general practitioners and nurses who undertake training in dermatology.

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general practitioners and (b) nurses have been trained in dermatology in each of the last five years; and what percentage of the total...

      Erythropoietic Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many recorded incidences of pure red cell aplasia there were in England and Wales between 1999 and 2002 following treatment using erythropoietic...

      EU Health Insurance Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 5 January 2004, Official Report, column 187W, on EU health insurance cards, what the timescale for the scoping study is.

      Fruit for Schools Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what evaluation he has undertaken of the effect of the Fruit for Schools pilot schemes on children's health; (2) what central Government funds have...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review Schedule 1, Part 1, paragraph 9 of the NHS (General Medical and Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 1994 to assess whether the terms of...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner surgeries there are in Brent East constituency.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner surgeries in Brent East constituency closed their list in the last 12 months.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients, in the absence of an available general practitioner, have been allocated to a locum doctor in (a) Brent, (b) London and (c) England.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of running a general practitioner surgery was in the last year for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) number and (b) rate of general practitioner vacancies in each (i) strategic health authority and (ii) primary care trust in each...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner surgeries in Romford receive NHS funding.

      Haemoglobinopathies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the Government plans to increase awareness of sickle cell and thalassaemia.

      Haemoglobinopathies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the Government plans to increase community support networks and facilities for sickle cell and thalassaemia sufferers and their families.

      Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been allocated to NHS services in the London borough of Havering for financial year 2004–05.

      Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the quality of buildings in which NHS treatment is provided in the London borough of Havering.

      Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of NHS spending in the London borough of Havering was spent on the (a) diagnosis and (b) treatment of sexually transmitted diseases in the...

      Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money the Havering NHS Trust was given in the financial year 2003–04.

      Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average cost of performing a cataract operation in the NHS was in the London Borough of Havering in 2003; and what the cost was in (a)...

      Health Service Recovery Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) NHS, (b) NHS mental health and (c) primary care trusts have financial recovery plans; what period the recovery plans cover; and what the level...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) haemophiliacs and (b) non-haemophiliacs will be eligible for compensation under the hepatitis C ex-gratia payment scheme; and when he expects...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of rape victims are known consequently to have contracted (a) a sexually transmitted disease, (b) HIV/AIDS, (c) hepatitis B and (d)...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) St. Helens and (b) Merseyside had HIV/AIDS in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002, (iii) 2003 and (iv) the most recent in 2004 for which figures...

      Hospital-acquired Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking to combat the spread of MRSA within nursing and residential homes.

      Hospital-acquired Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the additional cost to the NHS of hospital acquired infections in each of the last six years; and what methodology he used to...

      Hospitals (Durham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Darzi Review recommendations on health care in County Durham.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which the recommendations in Circular HSC2001/016:LAC(2001)23 have been met by local authorities; and if he...

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action the Government are taking to introduce better techniques for diagnosing lung cancer.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people assessed as being elderly mentally infirm.

      Negative Extrathoracic Pressure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 19 January 2004, Official Report, columns 1069–70W, on North Staffordshire Hospital NHS Trust, when he expects to receive...

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was borrowed from the NHS Bank by each strategic health authority in the past 12 months; how much was repaid to the NHS Bank by each strategic...

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the relationship is between the NHS Bank and the NHS Financing Facility.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what money has been allocated to NHS local investment finance trust schemes in each year since the scheme was introduced in (a) Brent, (b) London...

      Performance Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out performance indicators and targets set by his Department in each year since May 1997 that concern public health, listing (a) when they...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many public bodies were operating in the health service in 1997; how many are operating; what plans he has to review their number and purpose; and if...

      Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in the performance management of the public health function; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements have been made to collect and analyse the annual reports of directors of public health; and what guidance he has given to ensure...

      Raloxifene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from (a) patients suffering from osteoporosis and (b) groups representing them about the recent National Institute...

      Refusal of GP Referrals (Avon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the categories of treatment for which health trusts in the Avon area are refusing to accept referrals from general practitioners; what...

      Residential Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people in poor health in England have been located in residential care in each of the last six years; (2) what the (a) total and (b)...

      Salt Intake

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to limit the public's regular intake of salt.

      Sensory Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reason sensory impairment does not feature on the list of priorities for research published on his Department's website; (2) for what...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes there have been to the rate of sexually transmitted diseases in the Southport and north Sefton area in the last five years.

      Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust (Overspend)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the forecasted level of overspend is for this financial year for the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

      Sir Roy Meadow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has held with the General Medical Council about the possibility of accelerating its investigation into the record of Sir Roy Meadow.

      South Sefton Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the South Sefton Primary Care Trust (a) network and (b) boundaries are; (2) how many (a) diabetologists, (b) senior nurses, (c) paediatric...

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to know how many staff were employed by strategic health authorities in September 2003.

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the latest financial position of each strategic health authority is, broken down by (a) forecast outturn, (b) financial risk, (c) brokerage required...

      Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance ServiceNHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on travel by directors of Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust in each of the past three years.

      Weston Area Health Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department will appoint a Director of Infection Control for the Weston Area Health Trust.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the value is of bids that have been submitted by NHS hospital trusts for extra resources to respond to the EU Working Time Directive; (2) what...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the action being taken by the Government to help smaller general hospitals respond to the EU Working Time Directive.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeals against benefit decisions were (a) heard and (b) decided in the appellant's favour in the last 12 months, broken down by...

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of child support cases are being assessed using the (a) old and (b) new system for calculating child maintenance...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress is being made with transferring individual child support cases which are still subject to the rules of the old system of child...

      Citizenship Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will commission further investigation into the effects of the proposal in the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs'...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much space, expressed in square metres, the Department occupies for the offices of civil servants in (a) Central London and (b) Greater London.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the total expenditure on (a) information campaigns and (b) advertising was for his Department in each year since 1997; (2) what the...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff Sickness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) total number of days lost due to staff sickness and (b) average number of days off sick per member of staff in his Department and...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 15 December 2003, Official Report, column 690W, on disability living allowance, how many claimants are aged under 60...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost would be of increasing the upper age limit on claiming disability living allowance to (i) 70, (ii) 75 and (iii) 80 years; what...

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what entitlement to pension credit nationals of the EU accession countries will have if they come to live in the United Kingdom.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed incapacity benefit in each year since 1997, broken down by the condition that enables them to claim this benefit; and...

      Leak Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Low-income Households

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children (a) in England and (b) in each English region there were in households with income below half of the national average (i)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners were in recept of pension credit in Scotland as at (a) 31 October 2003, (b) 30th November 2003 and (c) 31 December 2003.

      Pensioner Couples

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners who receive the basic state pension live together as man and wife but claim two single pension entitlements; what estimate...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the annual cost of increasing the state pension in line with the usual UK uprating for UK citizens who reside in countries...

      Procurement (Outsourcing)

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

      Progress2Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of the £40 million allocated to Progress2Work has been spent; (2) what the average cost is of each Progress2Work...

      Transfer Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of transfer payments, including social security benefits and tax credits directed at children and at people of working age, was...

      War Disablement Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the £10 earnings disregard for war disablement pensioners applying for income-related benefits was last uprated; what the value of...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland qualify for the winter fuel payment; how many individuals...

  • House of Lords

    • Special European Union Programmes Body: Resignation of Chief Executive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total cost of the package awarded to the chief executive of the Special European Union Programmes Body on his resignation, including ex gratia...

    • Northern Ireland: Voting Patterns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the projections for the numbers of Members of Parliament elected to each part in Northern Ireland at the next general election if the votes are cast in...

      North/South Implementation Bodies: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8 September 2003 (WA 5), concerning the proportionality of the budget of the Language Implementation Body,...

      Northern Ireland Civil Service: Pay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the rate of the most recent pay increase per grade in the Northern Ireland Civil Service; what percentage difference the increase represents over the...

      Statutes: Consolidated Versions

      asked the Leader of the House: Whether she will ensure that government departments make available in the Printed Paper Office consolidated current statutes when such statutes are subject to...

      European Bank for Reconstruction and Development: Investment in South-Eastern Europe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What investments in south-east Europe have been approved by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and whether they will give the totals for future...

      Supreme Court

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration has been given to the security implications of creating a Supreme Court housed separately from Parliament; and what is the current estimate of...

      Supreme Court

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many sites the Lord Chancellor or the Department for Constitutional Affairs have discussed with the Lord Chief Justice or the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary or...

      Supreme Court

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Lord Chancellor or the Department for Constitutional Affairs have been consulted at any stage on the commissioning or specification of works being...

      Supreme Court

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions or contacts the Lord Chancellor or officials of the Department for Constitutional Affairs have had with representatives of English Heritage to...

      European Union Select Committee

      asked the Chairman of Committees: When the European Union Select Committee last conducted inquiries into fraud and mismanagement in the European Union; and when it intends to update the findings...

      Defence Stores Management Solution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total amount of public funds (a) expended on, and (b) written off with regard to, the Defence Stores Management Solution; and what they hoped to achieve.

      Defence Stores Management Solution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the value of hardware procured for the Defence Stores Management Solution; what it consists of; where it is held; and what is its future.

      Management of Materiel in Transit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the status, purpose and budget of the Ministry of Defence's DLO requirement for unit materiel management information system project.

      A400m

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the status of the engine development programme for the A400M transport aircraft; and what government funds, if any, are being invested in it.

      Armed Forces: Ministerial Responsibility for Supply of Equipment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Minister has responsibility, as a matter of constitutional convention, for the supply and any failure to supply sufficient equipment to members of Her...

      Universities: Fees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the variable fees which they are planning for universities are to be variable only between institutions, or also between different subjects in the same...

      Higher Education: Entry Figures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of people in each standard statistical region and nation of the United Kingdom had entered higher education by the age of 30, in the most recent...

      Fathers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to implement a programme to encourage young men to be responsible fathers.

      School Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which school playgrounds are covered by the Sporting Playgrounds programme: and what funding each has received during 2003–04.

      School Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Minister for Sport on 6 January (HC Deb, 138W) that the Government aim to deliver "an ambitious public service agreement...

      School Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide a breakdown of the £1 billion they are investing to transform physical education and school sport into specified programmes; and...

      School Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the current constraints facing schools that fail to deliver a minimum of two hours each week of high-quality physical education and school sport within...

      Student Numbers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What projections they have made of the numbers of full-time and part-time students in England for the years 2005–10; and on what assumptions these estimates...

      Gender Recognition Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) how many national governing bodies of sport and recreation were directly consulted about the impact of the Gender Recognition Bill on sport and recreation; (b)...

      Game Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have not replied to Lord Marlesford's Question for Written Answer about game licences (HL201), which was tabled on 2 December 2003; and when they expect...

      BSE

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the total cost to public funds of BSE in each of the last 10 years.

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