Written answers

Monday, 2 February 2004

  • Solicitor-General

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) allegations and (b) reports of bribery of a foreign public official by a UK company or individual have been forwarded to the Serious Fraud Office by the...

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many allegations of bribery of a foreign public official the Serious Fraud Office received between November 1997 and February 2002; and how many of these...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many of the requests for mutual legal assistance on corruption offences received by the Serious Fraud Office have (a) indicated an offence by a UK individual or...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether the Serious Fraud Office has received additional resources for enforcing Part 12 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 since February 2002.

  • International Development

    • Commonwealth Scholarships Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who the members of the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission were on 1 January 2004; what their term of office is in each case; and...

    • Departmental Staff (Disability)

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

      Direct Budget Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of fiduciary risk for direct budget support.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on humanitarian aid to Iraq.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact that the Government of Sudan's rezoning of camps for internally displaced persons around...

  • Transport

    • Dengie Village Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total cost of public subsidy for the Dengie Village Link is in the (a) current and (b) next financial year.

    • Dengie Village Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers the Dengie Village Link carried in the last 12 month period; and how many passenger miles this represented.

      Edinburgh Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of households which will be subjected to (a) a noise level of (i) 63dBa Leq or more and (ii) 69dBa Leq or more...

      Road Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deaths have occurred on the A40 from (a) the M40 to the A312 junction, (b) the A312 junction to the A4005 junction and (c) from the A4005...

      Through Ticketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on how he intends to encourage through ticketing, particularly where changes in bus contracts for certain routes require a...

      Transport (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the figures for (a) reliability, (b) punctuality, (c) the public performance measure, and (d) complaints for each train operator...

      Transport (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the rail infrastructure improvement schemes and their projected cost (a) being carried out in Wales and (b) planned for Wales.

      Transport (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on aviation in Wales since the publication of the Aviation White Paper.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what budget has been allocated for the enforcement of employment law in agriculture during the period covering the last two...

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what records her Department keeps of outbreaks of avian influenza among (a) poultry flocks, (b) poultry meat processors and...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what biosecurity measures the Government have in place to protect (a) poultry farmers and (b) consumers from (i) legal and...

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 10 December 2003, Official Report, column 522W, on badgers, whether the reference to the gassing of...

      Bottom Trawl Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) standard trawl speed and (b) type of trawl gear is used by her Department's survey vessels in carrying out the...

      Bottom Trawl Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the survey vessels employed in carrying out the International Bottom Trawl Survey are (a) stern trawlers and (b) side...

      Bottom Trawl Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the gear used by survey vessels carrying out the International Bottom Trawl Survey in the North Sea differs from the...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle were slaughtered on average each year during (a) 1976 to 1982, (b) 1982 to 1988, (c) 1988 to 1997 and (d)...

      EU Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the EU legislation her Department has had responsibility for implementing since its inception; and what the...

      Farm Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average income of (a) arable, (b) beef, (c) dairy, (d) poultry, (e) pig, (f) sheep and (g) mixed farmers was in...

      Farming Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers in the United Kingdom received subsidies with a value of (a) Euro 0 to Euro 5,000, (b) Euro 5,000 to Euro...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proceedings have been brought against shore-side dealers who handle black fish in each of the last 10 years.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when the Environment Agency will publish maps showing the climate change zone in relation to the one in 100 year...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the results of the work commissioned by the Environment Agency to model the impact of a one in 100 year plus 20 per...

      Haddock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps have been taken to encourage a consumer shift from cod to haddock; and what assessment she has made of the...

      Hill Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average income was for a hill farmer in Shrewsbury and Atcham in the last year.

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions have been initiated and are pending, by or on behalf of her Department against (a) contractors and (b)...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what value of payments remain unpaid to Welsh contractors employed during and following the foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what value of compensation payments remain unpaid to Welsh farmers as a result of the foot and mouth disease...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many compensation payments, of what value, have been paid to Welsh farmers as a result of the foot and mouth disease...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the criteria are for interest payments to be made by her Department on outstanding foot and mouth disease claims; and if...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many outstanding claims for foot and mouth disease clean-up contracts remain to be processed by her Department; and what...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money has been spent (a) internally and (b) on outside assistance on the disputing and forensic analysis of invoices...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements have been made by her Department with organisations or persons rewarded by payment of commission,...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many invoices submitted for foot and mouth disease clean-up contracts have been paid in full by her Department without...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of the claims made for foot and mouth disease clean-up contracts which have been settled by her Department have been...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many claims made for foot and mouth disease contracts submitted to her Department have been settled to date.

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many claims for foot and mouth disease clean-up contracts have yet to be settled by her Department.

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many claims for foot and mouth disease clean-up contracts have been submitted to her Department since the outbreak of the...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money has been spent (a) internally and (b) on outside assistance on the disputing and forensic analysis of invoices...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much interest has been paid by her Department on outstanding claims for foot and mouth disease contracts; what estimate...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of the claims made for foot and mouth disease clean-up contracts which have been settled by her Department with (a)...

      Trawl Speeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what influence trawl speed has on (a) species caught and (b) size of fish caught.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Specialist Sports Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on specialist sports colleges in (a) England and (b) the Pudsey constituency.

    • Glasgow Science Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the level of financial assistance provided by the Government to Millennium projects in Scotland, with...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received from sports clubs about the impact of the Licensing Act 2003.

      Arts Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent studies her Department has conducted on the economic benefits to local communities of investment in arts facilities.

      Community Fund/New Opportunities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in merging the Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund.

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the sale of playing fields.

      Olympic Bid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on the London Olympics bid.

      Science and Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support her Department is giving to the promotion of science and technology via museums.

  • Treasury

    • Labour Disputes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average cost of working days lost owing to labour disputes in the (a) public and (b) private sector in each year between...

    • Area Cost Adjustment (Statistics)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the Office for National Statistics does not release (a) New Earnings Survey micro-data since 2000, (b) details of the sensitivity of...

      Block Grant (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of the block grant allocation to the (a) Scottish Office and (b) Scottish Executive in each of the last 10 years; and what the projected...

      Central Government Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the loss to public funds was of gross administrative expenditure in central Government for (a) 1996–97 and (b) 2003–04.[R]

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the last occasion was that a British citizen was charged under (a) section 42 of the Customs Consolidation Act 1876 and (b) section 170(2) of the...

      Ecofin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held on 20 January; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if...

      Gold Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been received from the sale of gold since 7 May 1999; how the receipts have been reinvested; and what the current market value of those...

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the cost of United Kingdom military operations in Iraq.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on value for money in public service agreements relating to the environment.

      Tax Stamp Regimes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with (a) countries which have abolished tax stamp regimes for whisky and other spirits, (b) countries which, after...

      Tax Stamp Regimes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on free trade of tax stamps.

      Tax Stamp Regimes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what effect he expects the electronic control of movements systems which will be in place in the EU by 2009 to have on tax stamp regimes.

      Trade Balance (Wales)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the balance of trade between Wales and (a) the rest of the United Kingdom, (b) the rest of the European Union and (c) the rest of the world was for...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total amount raised from VAT charged on goods imported into the United Kingdom was in each of the last three available financial years.

  • Trade and Industry

    • "Made in Britain" Identification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has made to the European Commission with respect to their proposal that the "Made in Britain" identification be...

    • Business Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will assess the impact of Business Link on company productivity.

      Call Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she intends to publish the competitiveness survey of UK call centres which her Department has commissioned.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many civil servants, broken down by grade, there are in the Department and the agencies for which the Department is responsible; and what...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes dated 5 December 2003 concerning Dr. Walter King of Totnes and insurance...

      Dark Matter Project, Saltburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent on the Dark Matter Project at Boulby Mine, Loftus, Saltburn-by-the-Sea since its inception.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regarding the specifying of energy efficiency aims in...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department (Iraq)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the contracts for which Iraq incurred its outstanding debt to the Export Credit Guarantee Department, including the names of...

      Fusion Research Reactor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2003, Official Report, column 814W, on the fusion research reactor, what assessment was made of the...

      Business Start-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses, and of what type, have received assistance in starting up from government schemes and initiatives in (a) St. Helens, (b)...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what cost savings have been made in her Department since the introduction of the Information Technology Procurement Centre of Excellence; and...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what audit mechanisms are in place to determine whether all Information Technology hardware and software products are being properly utilised...

      Large Hadron Collider

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Government have contributed to the funding of the Large Hadron Collider under construction in Switzerland.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average length of time was for settlement of miners' compensation claims for respiratory diseases in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b)...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average length of time was for settlement of miners' compensation claims for respiratory diseases in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many miners' compensation claims for respiratory diseases (a) have been made, (b) have been settled and (c) are outstanding in (i) Chorley...

      National Business Angel Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the National Business Angel Network in matching entrepreneurs with private investors.

      Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what investment has been made in (a) China, (b) India, (c) Japan and (d) South Korea by United Kingdom small and medium-sized...

      Pneumoconiosis Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many applications for benefit under the Coalworkers Pneumoconiosis Scheme have been received in each of the last six years from claimants...

      Power Supply (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the security of the power supply in Wales.

      Quality Mark Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses in the construction industry have joined the Quality Mark scheme; and what action she is taking to promote the scheme.

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) partial and (b) full regulatory impact assessments have been undertaken in relation to EU legislation for each year since 1998;...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the quantification of the costs and benefits of regulations on (a) consumers, (b) small and medium-sized...

      Small and Medium-sized Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to promote the use of the internet among small and medium-sized companies.

      Small and Medium-sized Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she is taking (a) to improve access to investment capital and (b) to provide other support to small businesses; and if she will...

      Small Business Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Small Business Service has cost in each year since it was established and how many people it employed in each year.

      Smart Award

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has (a) to increase the upper limit of Smart award grants and (b) to simplify the Smart application process.

      Smart Award

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of Smart award-winners have reported increased profitability as a result of their award.

      Space Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether debt accrued by the Beagle 2 programme will be met from existing departmental budget allocations for space programmes and research.

      UK Online for Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent on the agency UK online for business in each year since its inception.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Clerical Terms of Service

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make a statement on the effect of the recent announcements on rights for members of the clergy; and...

    • Church Repairs (VAT)

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent representations he has received on reducing VAT on church repairs.

      Financial Review

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the recommendations of the Church Commissioners' strategic financial review will be developed into...

  • Education and Skills

    • "Minted"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what definition of the term minted is used by his Department in (a) internal and external documents and (b) external advertising.

    • Child Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) cot deaths and (b) sudden infant death syndrome deaths were recorded in (i) 2003, (ii) 2002, (iii) 2001, (iv) 2000, (v) 1999,...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children aged (a) three to six months and (b) six months to one year entered local authority care in the last 12 months for which...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what discussions the Minister for Children has held with the Lord Chancellor on ensuring the provision of Legal Aid to those who may...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much space, expressed in square metres, the Department occupies for the offices of civil servants in (a) central London and (b) greater...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received on extending the checking procedures of the Criminal Records Bureau to people engaged in observer roles...

      Employer Training Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list for Lancashire the firms and companies taking part in employer training pilots; and how much public funding they have been given.

      Education Maintenance Allowances (Liverpool)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of education maintenance allowances in improving staying-on rates in Liverpool.

      Further and Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to ask the Higher Education Funding Council for England to increase directly funded higher education provision in further...

      Further and Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Common Inspection Framework will take account of higher education provision in further education colleges; and if he will make a...

      Further and Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with the (a) Quality Assurance Agency and (b) Higher Education Funding Council for England regarding successor...

      Further and Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what new research he is planning to ascertain the scale and scope of higher education delivered by further education colleges; and if he...

      Further and Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to establish teacher training qualifications for higher education teaching in further education colleges; and if he will...

      Higher National Diplomas/Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has for the retention of Higher National Diplomas; and if he will make a statement.

      Lottery Revenue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total value is of lottery revenue used to support Government-sponsored projects within his Department since 1997.

      Management Consultants

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

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department has spent on Modern Apprenticeships in each year since their inception.

      NVQs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the percentage of the population of London who have National Vocational Qualifications at level (a) 1, (b) 2...

      School Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in England and Wales missed at least one half day session of school in (a) 1997–98 and (b) 2002–03 in each...

      School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many serious accidents have occurred on school bus journeys in England in the last five years as a consequence of the behaviour of...

      School Meals and Trips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in Essex were provided by the county council with school meals in each year from 1990 to 2003.

      School Meals and Trips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had on introducing charitable status for the provision of (a) school meals and (b) school trips.

      Training and Enterprise Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will place the audited statutory accounts for Training and Enterprise Council in England for financial year ending 25 March 2001 in...

      Undergraduates (Bankruptcy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many undergraduate students in England have declared themselves bankrupt in each year since 1992; and if he will make a statement.

      University of Lincolnshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) reports he has received and (b) action he has taken in response to the termination of the University of Humberside enrolment...

      University of Lincolnshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many branches of the University of Humberside have been established since its franchise operation was first introduced; and in which...

      University Overseas Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which universities have established overseas franchise operations; and which overseas universities, colleges and other bodies have agreed to...

      Working Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to reduce the number of people in the working age population in the West Midlands with no qualifications.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Voting Age

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how the outcome of the review on lowering the age of voting will be communicated to the House.

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment is made of the effect on grant allocations and inward investment consequent...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that the Government of Burundi does not offer an amnesty for crimes against humanity committed...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter to him dated 17 December 2003 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter to him dated 15 December 2003 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      Council of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution was made by the United Kingdom to the Council of Europe in 2003–04.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended, (c) dismissed, (d) prosecuted and (e) convicted for...

      Mr. Craig Alden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the detention of Mr. Craig Alden in Brazil.

      Democratic People's Republic of Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to promote use of the World Service in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

      Democratic People's Republic of Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking in bilateral talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to further the protection...

      Democratic People's Republic of Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking within the (a) EU and (b) UN to further the protection of human rights in the Democratic...

      Energy Efficiency Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) green and (b) energy efficiency programmes are pursued by his Department in (i) the UK and (ii) missions abroad.

      European Commission (Defence Research)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is the Government's policy to support defence research and development expenditure by the European Commission.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people entered the UK from (a) Papua New Guinea, (b) Jordan and (c) East Timor in the latest year for which figures are...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many personnel are serving with the Iraq Survey Group in Iraq; of those how many are British; and if he will make a statement.

      Latvia

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

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with EU colleagues about (a) trade policy towards Israel and (b) aid policy towards the Palestinian...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times since 1997 UK officials have raised human rights concerns and the plight of the Palestinians with Israeli...

      Mr. Robert Ellis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 20 January 2004, Official Report, column 1162W, on Mr. Robert Ellis, what the nature was of the...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Pakistan's adherence to UN Security Council Resolution 1373.

      Security Council Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of international compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 1373; which countries have not fully...

      Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the country-specific visa code is for Taiwan nationals.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the states which have (a) signed and (b) ratified the International Convention for the suppression of the...

  • Health

    • "Agenda for Change"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the projected total (a) wage and (b) administration costs for implementation of the "Agenda for Change" are; and whether these costs have changed...

    • "Agenda for Change"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been allocated to each (a) primary care trust, (b) acute and specialist hospital trust, (c) mental health trust, (d) ambulance trust...

      "Agenda for Change"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost of developing the nationally agreed job profiles for the "Agenda for Change" programme has been.

      "Agenda for Change"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much his Department has spent on knowledge and skills framework training for staff and managers in the 12 early implementer sites as part of the...

      "Agenda for Change"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff in the 12 early implementer sites have had a reduction in pay consequent on the "Agenda for Change" programme; and how many staff in the...

      Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 13 January 2004, Official Report, column 708W, on agency staff, if he will estimate the cost of fraud covered by criminal...

      Bournemouth and Christchurch (NHS Trust)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Trust had its Commission for Health Improvement assessment reduced from three stars to two stars...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Dental Manpower Review will be published.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the progress primary care trusts have made towards assuming responsibility for NHS dentistry in April 2005.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department (a) commissioned and (b) received the Dental Workforce Review; and when he will publish the review report.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure that the risks of misdiagnosis of epilepsy are minimised in local delivery of services.

      General Practitioners (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there are per head of population in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley.

      GP Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates he has made of the number of general practitioners who will opt out of night-time cover following the introduction of the new contract; and...

      GP Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what means a general practitioner practice can increase its level of funding.

      Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many general practitioners were appointed in the London borough of Havering in the last 12 months; and how many vacancies there were in that...

      Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the operating costs of the NHS in the London borough of Havering were in the financial year 2003–04.

      Health Services (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been allocated to NHS services in Chorley in each of the last three years.

      Histopathology

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

      Isolation Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals have dedicated purpose-built isolation and infection control wards.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards meeting the National Service Framework for Mental Health in the areas of (a) early intervention, (b) support for...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards the target to (a) reduce the duration of untreated psychosis to a service median of less than three months and (b)...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition he uses of (a) mental health crisis resolution teams, (b) mental health assertive outreach teams, (c) mental health early intervention...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to extend the use of primary care models for treating mental health, with specific reference to the role of general practitioners.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to reduce the three-month vacancy rate for midwives in London since March; and if he will make a statement.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the health implications of (a) mobile phones and (b) mobile phone masts.

      Nanoparticles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the potential for nanoparticles used in consumer goods to slip through membranes and lodge in the brain.

      NHS Bereavement Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects his Department to undertake a follow-up survey on NHS bereavement services as outlined on the Chief Medical Officer's webpage.

      NHS Bereavement Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of the Department's survey of the scale and scope of NHS bereavement services.

      NHS Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what declaration of political affiliation health board convenors are required to make.

      NHS Staff Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the costs (a) are of establishing and (b) were estimated to be in each of the next five years of running the NHS Staff Council.

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the fee to nurses is for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council; and what it was in each of the last five years.

      Performance Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many performance indicators were in place for NHS Trusts in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2001–02.

      Post-mortems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) hospital and (b) coroners' post-mortems were carried out in each of the last 10 years.

      Respite Care (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many projects he has visited that provide respite care that deal with children who are terminally ill.

      Secure/Forensic Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with the Department's aim to ensure appropriate use of secure and forensic facilities by 2004.

      Acute Beds (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) stroke units and (b) acute beds there are in the NHS in Gloucestershire; and if he will make a statement.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to collect and publish information from NHS trusts on waiting times for diagnostic testing; and if he will make a statement.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish recent guidance which his Department has given to (a) health authorities and (b) NHS trusts on the recording of waiting times for (i)...

  • Home Department

    • Anti-Social Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons Part 8 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 was not extended to Northern Ireland; and what discussions he had with his...

    • Asylum Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the constituencies being considered for detention centres for asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was in each of the last five years of the administration of the National Asylum Support Service.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was in each of the last five years of the support of asylum seekers under the 1999 legislation.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was in each of the last five years of overseas transport for those asylum seekers deported and removed from the United Kingdom.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was in each of the last five years of detention in (a) detention centres and (b) elsewhere.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the difference is between an induction centre and a detention centre; and if he will list those centres which are both induction and...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers were removed from the UK in each month since January 2002; how many of these were part of the voluntary assisted...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department where the individuals who participated in the International Organisation for Migration voluntary assisted return programme returned to.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people up to 16 years were allowed to enter the United Kingdom from Somalia during 2003.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what conclusions the Department has reached on data collection methods for the assessment of the number of failed asylum seekers remaining in...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what target for the removal of failed asylum seekers has been set.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to encourage participation in the Voluntary Assisted Return Programme.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many strip searches have been conducted at removal centres in the last 12 months.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the booking of flights for departing asylum seekers is centrally co-ordinated by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed Iraqi asylum seekers (a) have been removed from the UK, (b) have voluntarily left the UK with government support and (c) have...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers he estimates are in the UK without legal basis for their presence; and how many are failed Iraqi asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqi asylum seekers have returned to Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time taken to process asylum applications originating in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern...

      Asylum Seekers (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what extra resources will be given to local authorities to support the children of failed asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children are held in detention centres for asylum seekers.

      Bribery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many allegations of overseas bribery involving UK companies his Department has received from the US Administration since February 1999;...

      Civil Servants

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

      Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) Mr. Anwar al Aulaki (aka al Aulaqi), (b) Mr. Yasser Tawfik el-Serri and (c) Mr. Hani Yusef al Sebai are (i) detained and (ii) on...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for (a) driving without due care and attention, (b) failing to have proper control of a vehicle, (c) careless and...

      Identity Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to prevent the issuing of passports to people with false identities.

      Illegal Immigrants (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were detected at Northern Ireland's (a) ports and (b) airports in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the number of citizens of EU accession states likely to settle in the UK during the first year of...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what records will be kept of numbers of citizens of EU accession states entering the UK and intending to settle here after 1 May.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was in each of the last five years of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.

      Migrant's Surcharge

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a migrant who applies for a work permit, a study permit and for indefinite leave to remain will be required to incur the migrant's...

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days prisoners who absconded served at (a) Sudbury open prison and (b) other open prisons before they absconded in (i) 2002–03...

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the prisoners who absconded from (a) Sudbury open prison and (b) other open prisons in 2003–04 and who are still unlawfully...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) who will have responsibility for the retention and disposal of passports required to be photocopied by UK carriers abroad; and what...

      Penal Affairs Consortium

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the work of the Penal Affairs Consortium.

      Police Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to (a) identify and (b) match project-specific funding within each police area in the United Kingdom.

      Prisoners on Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in the most recent year for which figures are available, gave no fixed abode as their address; how many convicted...

      Prisons (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prisons have been closed in Wales since 1997; and if he will make a statement; (2) what plans he has to accommodate more...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to place police authorities under the control of elected regional assemblies where they are introduced.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are being explored to make sure that a sexual offender is identified correctly on making his first notification, with...

      Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women were imprisoned for shoplifting offences in (i) 2001 and (ii) 2002.

      Speed Camera Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the number of fines issued from speeding camera convictions in each year since 1997 in Shrewsbury and Atcham was.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Department's policy is on awarding United Kingdom work permits to health care professionals; and if he will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Central Sponsor for Information Assurance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the role of the Central Sponsor for Information Assurance will be when the e-Envoy's responsibilities are re-assigned in accordance with the...

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much space, expressed in square metres, the Office occupies for the offices of civil servants in (a) central London and (b) Greater London.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to his answer of 18 December 2003, Official Report, column 1014W, on the Civil Service, to whom the Cabinet Secretary, while still a Crown...

      Civil Service (Disabled People)

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

      Consultation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how the recommendations that (a) policy makers should ensure that consultation is clear, concise and widely accessible and (b) policy makers should give...

      Critical Information Infrastructure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he has taken to (a) identify points of vulnerability of and (b) prevent damage to the critical information infrastructure for public sector...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what cost savings have been made in the Office since the introduction of the Information Technology Procurement Centre of Excellence; and how these were...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many regulatory impact assessments completed during 2003 resulted in Government Departments deciding not to proceed with new regulations.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Child Rescue Alert Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to extend the Child Rescue Alert scheme to Northern Ireland.

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Child Support Agency cases in Northern Ireland have used the new formula for calculating child maintenance payments in each month since...

      Civil Service Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether, when in May 2001 an employee of the Department of Education in Northern Ireland was found to have harassed a colleague and subjected to...

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in Northern Ireland.

      Disabled Persons (Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans there are to improve access to trains for disabled persons in Northern Ireland.

      Driving Disqualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals were disqualified from driving in each of the last 10 years.

      Estate Agents (Intimidation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of estate agents who have been subject to violent threats to deter their provision of services and...

      Hospital Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients are awaiting (a) in-patient admission and (b) initial out-patient assessment for orthopaedic surgery.

      Mobile Classrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many schools in each Northern Ireland constituency make use of temporary mobile classroom accommodation; and what the forecast average time...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of whether Windsor Park Football Ground would be suitable to host Olympic games fixtures in the event of London...

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the future of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission.

      Paramilitary Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many paramilitary attacks on individuals in Northern Ireland there have been in each of the last five years.

      Paramilitary Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the Police Service of Northern Ireland in prosecuting (a) loyalist and (b) republican...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time taken to process each pension credit application was in 2003; and how many applications remain to be processed.

      Police (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many attacks on police officers there were in each of the last 10 years.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much it has cost the Prison Service to fly the (a) Director General and (b) Director of Operations of the Northern Ireland Prison Service in...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who the members of the (a) Fair Employment Commission, (b) Industrial Development Board, (c) Tourist Board (Northern Ireland) and (d) Equal...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who the members of the (a) Industrial Tribunals Northern Ireland, (b) Health and Safety Agency for Northern Ireland, (c) Labour Relations...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) who the members of the (a) Law Reform Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland, (b) Statute Law Committee, (c) Belfast Education and...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who the members of the (a) Southern Education and Library Board, (b) Western Education and Library Board, (c) Northern Ireland Museums Council,...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who the members of the (a) Rent Assessment Panel, (b) Northern Ireland Housing Executive, (c) Laganside Corporation, (d) Advisory Committee on...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who the members of the (a) Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland, (b) Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland, (c) Fisheries...

      Schools (Bullying)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children have had to move schools as a result of bullying in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) North Down in each of the past five years;...

      Airport/Port Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the current security arrangements at Northern Ireland's ports and airports.

      Solectron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with (a) Invest Northern Ireland and (b) NORTEL Northern Ireland on the future of Solectron Carrickfergus.

      Statutory Sick Pay

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

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Burglary

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance is given on (a) whether bail should be granted following a charge of house burglary and (b) the level of...

    • Consultations

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list those individuals and organisations (a) to whom (i) his Department, (ii) its executive agencies and (iii)...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when he will reply to the letter of 29 August 2003 from the hon. Member for Northavon, forwarded to him by the Department...

      Decennial Records

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2003, Official Report, column 1112W, on the 1911 Census, if the Lord Chancellor...

      Judicial Appointments Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when he last met the Lord Chief Justice to discuss his proposals to create a Judicial Appointments Commission.

      Mr. Balwant Singh

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the letter sent by the hon. Member for Leicester, East to Miss Fitzmaurice on 2 December 2003, what progress...

      Mr. Philip Brown

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs for what reason Mr. Philip Brown of Llandrindod Wells, reference CSCU 121/03, was refused a refund of the fee charged to...

      Public Defender System

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to extend the public defender system.

      Trials

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures he is taking to deal with the problems caused by (a) ineffective and (b) cracked trials.

  • Prime Minister

    • Egypt

      To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to make an official visit to Egypt; and what plans he has to invite President Mubarak to the UK on an official visit.

    • European Constitution

      To ask the Prime Minister what the current status of Britain's red line issues on the European constitution is; whether the British view on those issues was accepted by the Inter-governmental...

      Hutton Report

      To ask the Prime Minister when the Government intends to address the criticism contained in the Hutton Report.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make an exception to the usual rule on the non-disclosure of information on Cabinet Committee proceedings in the case of consideration of policy towards Iraq...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to offer technical and logistical support to enable the Iraqi Governing Council to organise free and fair elections.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what the sources were of information on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programme brought to his attention in the summer of 2002, referred to in his oral evidence to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether he authorised his former Director of Communications to press the chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee to revise the nuclear weapons time-line...

      Iraq Survey Group

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer to the right hon. and learned Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Mr. Howard) of 28 January 2004, Official Report, column 305, on the Iraq...

      Lord Birt

      To ask the Prime Minister on what subjects he has received reports from Lord Birt in each of the last two years; and what subjects will be considered by Lord Birt in the future.

      Normandy Veterans

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to attend the Normandy Veterans' 60th Anniversary Service at St. Paul's Cathedral.

      Political Parties (Ireland)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his discussions with the Irish Government on criminal activities funding political parties.

      Religious Symbols (French Schools)

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the consequences of the proposed banning of religious symbols in schools in France upon European integration.

      Travellers

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer of 14 January 2004, Official Report, column 813, to the hon. Member for Billericay (Mr. Baron), if he will ensure that the enforcement of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions the additional powers which provide the authority for his Department to supply information which related to benefit fraud...

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions the additional powers to reduce or withdraw benefits where an offender is convicted twice of benefit offences within a...

      Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of those registered disabled (a) adult and (b) children received (i) Incapacity Benefit, (ii) Disability Living...

      HSE (Fuel Leakages)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many leakages from underground fuel tanks were reported to the Health and Safety Executive in the last five years.

      Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures are taken to ensure that those clients with learning disabilities are not penalised for earning below the £20 limit.

      Security Passes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) departmental agencies in the last...

      Training Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how long an individual must be unemployed before becoming eligible for training courses offered by his Department and its agencies.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list those individuals and organisations (a) to whom (i) his Department, (ii) its executive agencies and (iii) the non-departmental public bodies for...

    • Accommodation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many households containing children or pregnant women were placed in bed and breakfast accommodation (a) in total and (b) by social services departments...

      Area-based Initiatives

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the area-based initiatives which receive funding from his Department; what the total budget is for each; and what amount each received from his...

      Armed Forces (Council Tax)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister in what circumstances private homes owned by Her Majesty's forces qualify for a council tax discount.

      Construction Skills Certificates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Construction Skills Certification Scheme cards are (a) in circulation and (b) due for renewal in 2005; and what estimate his Department has made of the...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what basis the calculation in Cm 3897, page 81, paragraph 6.33 was made that a Band D council tax payer would pay an extra three pence on his or her council...

      European Regional Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the (a) £570 million Government grant for the Yorkshire and the Humber region, (b) £350 million for the North East region and (c) £780...

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has for a fire and rescue service headquarters and control centre for the eastern region.

      Home Ownership Task Force

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made since the report of the Home Ownership Task Force of introducing (a) low tranche (below 25 per cent.) shared ownership schemes and (b)...

      Home Ownership Task Force

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made since the report of the Home Ownership Task Force of the case for requiring the Housing Corporation (a) to set benchmark rents for...

      Homebuy Loans

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Homebuy loans were made in each local authority area in London in 2002–03.

      House Fires

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 22 January 2004, Official Report, column 1463W, how many people died in fires in houses (a) equipped with water sprinklers and (b) not...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the framework agreed by the Housing Corporation and the London boroughs for the pooling of nominations for new lettings...

      Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many representations he has received from hon. Members concerning health risks of mobile phone masts.

      Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to revise the code of practice for mobile phone operators concerning the registration of telephone masts.

      Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many mobile phone masts there are on his Department's official headquarters.

      Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many phone masts there are in each local authority area in England.

      Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will introduce a compulsory register for local authorities regarding phone masts.

      Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will introduce a sequential test for the siting of mobile phone masts to ensure that residential areas are selected only as a matter of last resort.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who the members of the (a) Urban Development Corporation Black Country, (b) Urban Development Corporation London Docklands, (c) Urban Development Corporation...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the quangos which have a remit in the regions of the (a) North West, (b) North East and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the evidential basis is for the statement in Cm 5511 page 47, paragraph 5.13 on assemblies covering additional running costs through more effective targeting...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list (a) the recipient organisations and (b) the financial amounts over which the proposed regional assemblies would have influence in the (i)...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister from which budget (a) £1,100 million funding for the Yorkshire and the Humber region, (b) £600 million funding for the North East region and (iii)...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what matters are subject to scrutiny by the regional chambers in each of the English regions, and what the cost to public funds for each region was in each of the...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the cost savings that will be made as a result of transferring powers and responsibilities currently held by the Government Offices for the...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what powers and responsibilities he expects elected regional assemblies to exercise that are exercised by (a) central Government and (b) local government.

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the review of the system for valuing properties for Right to Buy purposes undertaken by the College of Estate Management.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 22 January 2004, Official Report, column 1464W, in what circumstances a bed space is counted as a unit for the purposes of calculating...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) criteria and (b) benchmarks have been established for monitoring the implementation of the Government's plans for the Thames Gateway, Essex region; who...

  • Defence

    • Bugaled Breizh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance was (a) sought and (b) given by his Department's personnel following the distress alert recorded from the Bugaled Breizh on the afternoon...

    • Days at Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many operational days have been spent at sea by each (a) Invincible class aircraft carrier, (b) Type 42 destroyer, (c) Type 23 frigate, (d) Type 22...

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has produced written guidelines for how staff in the Ministry and in the Defence Export Services Organisation should deal with...

      Driving Offences (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces based in Northern Ireland were found to be driving without a valid (a) driving licence or (b) insurance in each of...

      Enhanced Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy for troops engaged in (a) expeditionary and (b) peacekeeping operations to be issued with sets of enhanced body armour as...

      Enhanced Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many sets of ceramic body armour have been issued by the Department in each year since 1992.

      Foreign Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 27 January 2004, Official Report, column 68W, on foreign ships, how many vessels considered for charter by his Department have...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which equipment purchased under urgent operational requirements for the Iraq war will be sold; how much it cost to acquire; how much its sale is expected...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Llew Smith) of 12 January 2004, Official Report, column 537W, on Iraq, how many military...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether troops serving in Iraq who have purchased winter footwear at their own expense will be reimbursed by the Ministry of Defence; (2) whether...

      Management Consultants

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

      Military Museums andPublic Bodies (Membership)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who the members of the (a) RAF Museum, (b) Royal Marines Museum, (c) Royal Navy Submarine Museum, (d) National Army Museum, (e) Defence Scientific...

      Mine Countermeasure Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many mine countermeasure vessels have been in service with the Royal Navy in each year since 1997.

      Mine Countermeasure Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the requirement for nine countermeasures vessels has changed since the Strategic Defence Review.

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time Ulster Defence Regiment soldiers have been (i) killed and (ii) injured by terrorist actions in Northern...

      RAF Bicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the evidence on which his decision that the most cost-effective transfer of glider squadrons from RAF Bicester would be...

      Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what delays have occurred in the construction of RFA Largs Bay; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Irish Regiment (Jonathan Russell)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when Jonathan Russell of the Royal Irish Regiment was arrested by the Police Service of Northern Ireland; when he was charged with offences arising from...

      Sunset Clauses

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

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the running costs of the Trident programme have been since it came into service; what the running costs of the Trident programme are in this...

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Trident submarines are on active service; and how many are being repaired.

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) missiles and (b) warheads are deployed on Trident submarines; and what the approximate yield of the nuclear warheads deployed is.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what military aid the UK has provided to Uzbekistan since 2001.

      Welsh Regiments and Battalions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the average number of days' leave soldiers in Welsh battalions have had in each year since 1997.

      Welsh Regiments and Battalions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers from Welsh battalions were involved in covering for firefighters during Fire Brigades Union strikes since 1997; and on how many days...

      Welsh Regiments and Battalions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the authorised strength is of each Welsh regiment; and how many vacancies there are in each.

      Training (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total number of days was that members of the armed forces spent training in Wales in each year since 1997.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Executive for Education: Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of the Northern Ireland Executive for Education budget in the last financial year was spent on administration of the area boards; and what was...

    • Northern Ireland Executive for Health: Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of the Northern Ireland Executive for Health budget in the last financial year was spent on administration of the area boards; and what was spent...

      Northern Ireland: Tertiary Education at Springvale

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the progress on the development of a tertiary education campus on the Springvale site in North West Belfast.

      Cross-Border Implementation Bodies: Provision of Cars for Chief Executives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 12 January (WA 65) concerning the remuneration package for the chief executive of the Special European Union...

      Special European Union Programmes Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 12 January (WA 66) concerning the Special European Union Programmes Body, what outside consultants were used...

      Northern Ireland: Crimes against Older People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) break-ins; (b) assaults; and (c) burglaries directed against old age pensioners have taken place in Northern Ireland each year since 1994 and in how...

      Northern Ireland: Crimes against Older People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to reverse the rising numbers of attacks and burglaries on old age pensioners in Northern Ireland.

      North/South Language Body: Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 13 January (WA 79), concerning the budget for 2003 for the Ulster-Scots Agency, and in view of the statement...

      Northern Ireland: Priorities and Budget2004–06

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Lord President on 13 January (WS 19–24) on Northern Ireland priorities and budget 2004–06, how specifically...

      Northern Ireland: Priorities and Budget2004–06

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Lord President on 13 January (WS 19–24) on Northern Ireland priorities and budget 2004–06, what they understand...

      Northern Ireland: Priorities and Budget2004–06

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Lord President on 13 January (WS 19–24) on Northern Ireland priorities and budget 2004–06, what extra resources...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether cross-border implementation bodies are consulted and their business plans taken into account when decisions are taken on budgets and the allocation of...

      Ulster-Scots Future Search

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on the proposals from the 2002 Future Search into Ulster-Scots.

      Northern Ireland Parliamentary Constituencies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When 18 parliamentary constituencies were created in Northern Ireland; what was the total electorate of Northern Ireland at that time; and what is the total...

      Independent Review of Government Communications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the Independent Review of Government Communications, presented to the Minister for the Cabinet Office on 19 January.

      EU Law: ECJ Cases Outstanding against UK

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases have been taken to the European Court of Justice and are now outstanding against the United Kingdom for failure to implement European Union laws;...

      EU Constitution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Irish government about the proposed European Union constitution.

      Failed Asylum Seekers Returned to DRC

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence they have received of problems encountered by failed asylum seekers who are returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo; and what inquiries they...

      International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the United Kingdom has not acceded to the First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights so as to enable the United...

      Afghanistan: Opium Poppy Production

      asked Her Majesty's Government: According to the United Nations poppy crop survey in Afghanistan, what was the level of opium poppy production in that country for each year from 2000–03.

      UN Security Council: Permanent Members and Veto

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the criteria governing the use of veto power by permanent members of the United Nations Security Council; and whether they consider that...

      Somalia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ban travel to the United Kingdom by the war-lords of Somalia, their families and financial backers; whether they are considering freezing their...

      Cannabis: Government Response to STC Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to their response to the Report from the Science and Technology Committee—Cannabis (HL Paper 39, Session 1998–99) (9th Report, Session...

      Bereavement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking nationwide to counterbalance the negative effects of a significant bereavement on young people.

      Bereavement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have plans to implement a nationwide bereavement strategy to help children who experience a significant bereavement.

      Bereavement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures are in place to help families cope with, and to stay united, during times of bereaving.

      Universities: First Class Honours Degrees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many first class honours degrees were awarded by universities in each of the four nations of the United Kingdom; and what percentage these represented of all...

      Undergraduates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of full-time undergraduate students in England are (a) 18–22 years of age; (b) 23-24 years of age; and (c) over 25 years of age.

      Undergraduates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many students in England in the current academic year are (a) full-time; and (b) part-time; and what is the full-time equivalent number for those who are part-time.

      Catholic Sixth-form Colleges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 12 January (WA 70–72), whether the 16 Catholic sixth-form colleges may lawfully employ...

      Iraq: Conditions of Captivity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have been consulted about the conditions of captivity of Saddam Hussein, other Baathist leaders and military commanders; and whether British personnel...

      Armed Forces: Reservists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To which countries, and for what duration, members of the Reserved Services of the Armed Forces were posted in the years 2002 and 2003.

      Armed Forces: Reservists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many members of the Reserve Services of the Armed Forces were mobilised in the years 2002 and 2003.

      Armed Forces: Reservists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many members of the Reserve Services of the Armed Forces lost their civilian employment after being mobilised for Armed Services support in the years 2002 and 2003.

      Heathrow Airport: Travelators

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 27 June 2003 (WA 49–50), whether the travelators at Heathrow Airport fell below the required...

      Honours Awards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the science Minister will name the "rogue civil servant" he has said was responsible for resisting the award of an honour to Professor Colin Blakemore; if...

      Royal Mail: VAT

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When Postcomm intends to conclude its investigation into whether the Royal Mail should continue to be VAT exempt.

      Manufacturing Employment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to address the reduction in size of the manufacturing workforce by 116,000 workers in the three months to November 2003.

      Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are proposing, in compliance with their international obligations and domestic political commitments to biodiversity, to help the Lake District...

      European Convention on Human Rights: Additional Protocols

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) When they first considered whether to ratify the Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights and the other human rights treaties to which...

      European Convention on Human Rights: Additional Protocols

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recommendations have been made by the United Nations treaty bodies and non-governmental organisations proposing that the United Kingdom should ratify...

      Research and Development: Central Government Spending

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the expenditure of central government on research and development per head of population in each standard region and nation of the United Kingdom, for the...

      Sports Boards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 18 December 2003 (WA 182–83), what is the estimated percentage of the total (a) lottery and...

      Sport England: Staff Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 15 December 2003 (WA 111) on the regional offices of Sport England, what are the reasons for (a)...

      Government Departments: Private Management Consultants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many private management consultants government departments employed, and at what cost, in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Committee of European Banking Supervisors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the new European banking supervisory group will start operating; and how will it affect the work of the Financial Services Authority.

      Rpix

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would have been the percentage increase in the RPIX inflation index for each year since 1997, if its housing-related elements had risen each year only by the...

      Asylum Seekers: Families Claiming before2 October 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Home Office is sending letters to some of the 15,000 heads of families who applied for asylum before 2 October 2000 advising them to withdraw their pending...

      Domestic Violence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to work with agencies and experts to agree a set of performance indicators against which the success of their domestic violence strategy...

      Domestic Violence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the cost of the domestic violence programme accredited by the Correctional Services Accreditation Panel in October 2003 which the Probation Service...

      Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations, if any, have been made by the Government of Eire about the proposal for identity cards in the United Kingdom, and through what channels;...

      Criminal Offences Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will declare a moratorium on the introduction of further new criminal offences for the rest of this Parliament, so as to concentrate upon the...

      Cannabis: Reclassification

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they fully researched the alleged link between the use of cannabis and mental illness before deciding to reclassify the drug from class B to class C.

      Prison Population

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are concerned that, although the official total capacity of prisons is 76,700, the prison population is now more than 74,000.

      International Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) Why the United Kingdom has not accepted the right of individual petition to the United Nations Committee for elimination of all forms of racial discrimination...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the criticisms made by the United Nations Committee on Human Rights of the Child and the Joint Committee on Human Rights (Tenth Report...

      Firearms Consultative Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to extend the life of the Firearms Consultative Committee beyond March 2004.

      Firearms Amnesties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider the introduction of a "rolling" amnesty for firearms and associated items and equipment.

      Legal Burden of Proof

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For which offences the accused are required to prove their innocence, rather than the prosecution to prove their guilt.

      Criminal Offences: Gaol Sentences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For how many criminal offences punishable by imprisonment the length of gaol sentences provided for in the legislation has been increased since 1997; and for how...

      Data Protection and Regulation of Investigatory Powers Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given the coming into force of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) Order 2003 on 5 January, what steps are being taken to ensure that...

      Data Protection and Regulation of Investigatory Powers Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given the coming into force of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) Order 2003 on 5 January, whether training of individuals as "single...

      Data Protection and Regulation of Investigatory Powers Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given the coming into force of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) Order 2003 on 5 January, what plans they have to ensure that training...

      vCJD: Blood Transfusions and Haemophilia Patients

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to Lord Warner's Statement on 17 December (HL Deb, col. 1169) on "vCJD: Blood Transfusion Incident", whether they will now establish and publish in the...

      Exercise Referral Schemes: National Quality Assurance Framework

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have taken part in exercise referral schemes since the launch of the National Quality Assurance Framework by the Department of Health in 2002.

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