Written answers

Tuesday, 3 February 2004

  • Defence

    • Civil Service (Disabled People)

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

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date in October 2002 the military decision was taken to supply all troops in Iraq with enhanced body armour.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether permission was obtained from the Prime Minister's office before the orders for extra sets of enhanced body armour were placed; (2) which...

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) manpower strength and (b) manpower strength requirement is of the Ministry of Defence Police.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether contracts which involve the supply and consumption of timber include the Defence Contract Condition (DEFCON) 691.

      Unfair Dismissal Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures exist for soldiers who consider themselves to have been unfairly dismissed from the Army but failed to submit a redress within three...

  • Scotland

    • Skye Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the proposed construction and finance costs were of the two alternative bids to construct the Skye Bridge brought forward in 1990 by the...

    • Whisky Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met representatives of the Scottish whisky industry; and what plans he has to do so in the future.

  • Prime Minister

    • Child Access

      To ask the Prime Minister what conclusions he has reached following his investigations into the treatment of child access by the courts announced by him on LBC Radio on 14 January.

    • Dalai Lama

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he intends to meet the Dalai Lama during his forthcoming visit to the United Kingdom.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Prime Minister if he plans to visit Gibraltar in the Tercentenary; if he plans to attend St. Clement Daines tercentenary service; and if he will make a statement on Gibraltar and its...

      Hutton Inquiry/Report

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish his witness statement to the Hutton Inquiry.

      Hutton Inquiry/Report

      To ask the Prime Minister who in his Office saw the embargoed version of Lord Hutton's report.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister when he will respond to the Intelligence and Security Committee's Report on "Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction—Intelligence and Assessments, of September 2003".

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Prime Minister who the members of the (a) Museums and Galleries Commission, (b) National Heritage Memorial Fund, (c) Security Vetting Appeals Panel and (d) Committee on Standards in...

      Secret Intelligence Service

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions since May 1997 he has called for specific briefing from the Secret Intelligence Service; and if he will list the countries involved.

  • Education and Skills

    • Cambridgeshire Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason the time limit given to Cambridgeshire county council for an appeal against the Government's grant settlement is 27 January.

    • Cambridgeshire Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reasons his Department rejected a request on 2 December 2003 from the leader of Cambridgeshire county council to discuss...

      Chorley School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Chorley received free school transport to (a) secondary, (b) primary and (c) special schools in each year since 1996.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on further education colleges of the recent increase in fees set by the Criminal Records Bureau;...

      Food Advertisements (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans his Department has to ban fast food advertising from vending machines in schools in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Higher Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects of tuition fees on women medical students.

      Higher Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is his policy that trainee teachers will be exempt from university top-up fees; and if he will make a statement.

      Higher Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether after the introduction of higher student fees he intends to maintain the universities block grant in real terms.

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to transfer powers and responsibilities held by Learning and Skills Councils to elected regional assemblies where they are...

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the implications of the grant settlement for 2004–05 on local education authorities' ability to provide...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his Answer of 26 January 2004, Official Report, column 145W, on school meals, who has statutory responsibility for the provision...

      School and College Performance(Value Added Measures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how value added measures will be used to determine action to be taken in (a) individual schools and (b) local education authorities.

      School and College Performance(Value Added Measures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what value added score (a) a school and (b) a local education authority will need to achieve to be judged as satisfactory.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish the Government's response to the proposed Common Agricultural Policy reform.

    • Countryside and Rights of Way Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when a national grant scheme will be set up to assist local authorities with their new powers under Part 1 of the Countryside...

      Crematoria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will quantify the financial impact on crematoria of introducing gas cleaning systems to all crematoria; and whether...

      Large Combustion Plant Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the implications for United Kingdom industry of the National Emissions Reduction...

      Farming Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the schemes under which payments are made to farmers in England; and what the total amounts paid under each...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the (a) number and (b) location of Information Technology staff in her Department employed directly or on...

      Water Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research has been conducted on measures to deal with diffuse water pollution; and when she expects to bring forward...

  • Minister for Women

    • Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Minister for Women what steps she has taken to reduce the pay gap; and what evaluation she has made of the success of those steps.

    • Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Minister for Women what assessment she has made of the implications of the gender pay gap for levels of female employment.

      Informed Choice/Extending Working Lives Programme

      To ask the Minister for Women if she will make a statement on the work of the (a) Informed Choice programme and the (b) Extending Working Lives programme.

  • International Development

    • Agricultural Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how, following the grant to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research in December 2003, he will ensure that there...

    • Benefit Fraud

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

      Direct Budget Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department will take in relation to budget support to identify trends in where the Department's money is being spent.

      Direct Budget Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of direct budget support in Uganda.

      Direct Budget Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has received from the National Audit Office on financial controls on direct budget support.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the nature was of the £800,000 in bilateral aid from the UK to the People's Democratic Republic of Korea in 2001; and what...

      Renewables

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to maintain the UK's role in European Union research networks for renewable natural resources which are geared...

      University Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many university links have been established by the higher education Link Scheme funded by his Department; and how the scheme is...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which non-governmental organisations active in Zimbabwe are receiving funding from his Department.

  • Wales

    • Dee Cockle Regulation Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to hasten the implementation of the Dee Cockle Regulation Order.

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the visits he has made to armed forces' bases in Wales since October 2002.

      National Assembly Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he last met the First Minister of the National Assembly to discuss (a) the Richard Commission in general, (b) the Labour Party's evidence to the...

      Wales Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the transfer of money for 2003–04 to the Department for Constitutional Affairs in respect of the Wales Office.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the provisions relating to statutory sick pay, contained in the Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment)...

    • Agricultural Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many successful prosecutions have been brought under the Employment Agencies Act 1973 against (a) employment agencies and (b) gangmasters...

      Computers (Tax Exemption)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action has been taken and how much has been spent by the Government on promoting the annual tax exemption on loaned computers since it...

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the (a) resource and (b) capital budget for her Department for each year between 1997 and 2007.

      Employment Rights (Information)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) whether her Department has made an analysis of the impact of withdrawing paper copies of its leaflets on employment rights on the...

      Employment Rights (Information)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the impact of withdrawing paper copies of its leaflets on employment rights on sections of the...

      Fisheries (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she intends to publish the list of additional middle water vessels to be added to the list of vessels eligible for Icelandic fishermen's...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what surveys between employers and employees were carried out before the legislation on flexible working was implemented; and what comparative...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) children and (b) elderly people are living in fuel poor households in (i) the East Midlands and (b) West Derbyshire.

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to maintain the nuclear skills base.

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will conduct a public consultation on nuclear power.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what discussions she has had with Postcomm about the access charges to be charged by Royal Mail to private mail companies using parts of...

      Research and Development Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what mechanisms are in place to assess the development of new products, services and processes which arise as a result of research and...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of completed projects failed to meet their required performance targets in each of the regional development agencies in each...

      Smart Award

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the take-up rates have been for the New Elements of the Smart scheme in each quarter since their inception in 1999.

      Wage Levels(Catering, Tourism and Leisure Industries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of low pay levels in the (a) catering, (b) tourism and (c) leisure sectors; and if she will make a statement.

      Trade Barriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is her objective to achieve a total elimination of all tariff barriers by all World Trade Organisation members.

  • Home Department

    • Anti-Social Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will investigate the greater use of interim orders for anti-social behaviour; and what discussions he has had with the (a) police and...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the details held on an asylum seeker include the region of the country from which they arise.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance will be given to failed asylum-seeking families who cannot be returned to their country of origin because there are no...

      Benefit Fraud

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

      Private Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to encourage (a) clubs and (b) pubs to ensure that their bouncers undergo professional training.

      Burglaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many burglaries were committed in the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by police force area; and in how many...

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers are employed by each police authority.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister for Citizenship and Immigration will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Spelthorne of 10 November 2003, about a...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 8 December 2003 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      Corruption Offences (Legal Assistance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for mutual legal assistance his Department has received for corruption offences since November 1997; from which countries...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect on total recorded crime of changes in recording practice since 1997–98.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects measures introduced by the Department to result in a reduction of recorded crime.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department why statistics on crime in Wales are not separated from statistics for England.

      Police Service (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time police officers were employed in Southend in each of the last 10 years.

      Police Service (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to increase the establishment of the Essex Constabulary.

      Criminal Records Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what unplanned expenditure has been incurred in each financial year by (a) his Department and (b) the Criminal Records Bureau since the...

      Criminal Records Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the Criminal Records Bureau is meeting its targets for processing applications for taxi driver licences; (2) what percentage...

      European Arrest Warrant

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU member states have adopted the recent proposals for a European Arrest Warrant; and how many have indicated that they will adopt...

      Extraditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what records are kept on extraditions to EU countries from the UK.

      Home Office Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which local initiatives have benefited from the Home Office Challenge Fund; and how much each local initiative has received.

      Home Office Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Home Office Challenge Fund will continue indefinitely; what funding will be made available in each of the next five years; and...

      Illegal Entrants (London Airports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal entrants have been detected at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Stansted, (d) Luton and (e) City airport in each of the last...

      Information Technology

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

      Information Technology

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

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to bring forward proposals to differentiate between kitchen knives and combat knives in legislation.

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what efforts are being made to ensure that children under the age of 16 do not (a) buy and (b) carry knives.

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rate of Metropolitan police officer abstractions was from each London borough for (a) counter-terrorism, (b) special operations and...

      National Criminal Intelligence Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many allegations of corruption received by the National Criminal Intelligence Service have resulted in NCIS reporting these allegations...

      National Criminal Intelligence Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the National Criminal Intelligence Service (a) has provided and (b) is intending to produce a problem profile of the offence of...

      Police (North Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last received a report on policing in North Wales from the Chief Constable of North Wales police.

      Police (Cumbria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on Cumbria Police's local policing teams initiative.

      Police (Early Retirement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of police officers in each police force has been given early retirement in each of the last four years.

      Police Patrols

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued in relation to (a) police officers and (b) community support officers patrolling in groups of two or more; and if...

      Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many former police officers are receiving pensions from each police force; and what the annual cost will be in 2003–04.

      Police Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on each phase of the "Could You?" police recruitment campaign to date; and how many officers have been recruited as a...

      Police Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the results of the consultation exercise on police reform launched on 4 November 2003 will be available.

      Rural Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what areas in Lancashire meet the requirement for the Rural Policing Fund.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces have dedicated anti-paedophile units; and how many officers are working in those units.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional resources have been made available to police forces to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of offenders under...

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      Victim Support (Data Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has issued to chief constables in England regarding the disclosure of names and contact details of victims of...

      Violent Crime (West Mercia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes against people were committed in each year since 1997 in West Mercia.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC Charter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the budget is for implementing the young people's version of the BBC Charter Review consultation; and if she will make a statement.

    • Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether her Department encourages staged closing times for (a) pubs and (b) clubs in England and Wales; (2) what discussions her...

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money her Department has received from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in each year since 1998; and how much her...

      Food/Drink Advertisements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress her Department has made in reviewing the code of conduct relating to food and drinks advertisements in order to encourage...

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her answer of 19 January 2004, Official Report, column 1001W, on honours, if she will name the three individuals who have...

      Public Service Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her Department's progress against its Public Service Agreement to raise significantly, year on year, the...

      Regional Sports and Arts Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many members there are on each (a) regional sports board and (b) regional arts board; and how many of each are local government...

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the sums committed by her Department to S4C in each year since 1997; and what the projected sums are for each of the...

      Scottish Gaelic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the expenditure by her Department on reserved functions relating to Scottish Gaelic since 1999.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who the members of the (a) National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, (b) Public Lending Right Advisory Committee, (c) Radio...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who the members of the (a) Independent Television Commission, (b) Library and Information Commission, (c) Museum of Science and...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who the members of the (a) British Tourist Authority, (b) Crafts Council, (c) English Heritage, (d) English Tourist Board and (e)...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who the members of the (a) Advisory Committee on the Government Art Collection, (b) Advisory Council on Libraries, (c) Architectural...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who the members of (a) S4C and (b) the Treasure Valuation Committee were on 1 January; what their term of office is in each case; and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on the guidance issued to civil servants responsible for drafting parliamentary answers.

  • Health

    • Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre of the Health Protection Agency has in place a mechanism for collecting the number of deaths...

    • Health Screening (Overseas Visitors)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the review of policy regarding health screening for foreigners before they enter or are permitted to stay in this country.

      Monoclonal Antibody Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why the monoclonal antibody drugs (a) Cetuximab and (b) Bevacizumab are not available through the NHS.

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the impact of settlement in the UK of citizens of EU accession states on demand for NHS services in (a) 2004–05 and (b)...

      Stroke (Gloucestershire)

      Mr. Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of whether the stroke units in the NHS in Gloucestershire are large enough to accommodate all stroke victims...

      Higher Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether courses attracting payment of tuition fees by the NHS will attract payment of top-up fees.

  • Transport

    • Driving Instructors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on changes to the rules governing advanced driving instructors.

    • Driving Instructors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what research his Department has commissioned into the benefits of requiring driving instructors to be reassessed after 15 years; (2) what...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage change he predicts for road traffic volumes by 2010.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the factors other than speed which contribute to road traffic accidents.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress with improving bus transport in urban areas.

      A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make a further announcement in respect of the A21 between Flimwell and Robertsbridge.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the implications of re-testing drivers after (a) 10 and (b) 15 years;. (2) what estimate he has made of the cost...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which of his powers will be transferred to elected regional assemblies where they are introduced; and which body holds each of those powers.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money was raised in fines from speed cameras in the last year for which records are available in (a) Essex and (b) the West Chelmsford...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money raised in fines from speed cameras during the last year for which records are available, was spent in (a) Essex and (b) the West...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • European Convention on Contact

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Government intend to become a signatory to the European Convention on Contact.

    • Family Law Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the Government will implement section 11(4) of the Family Law Act 1996.

      Land Registration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the conclusion of the Law Commission's report, "Land Registration for the Twenty-First...

      Under Sheriffs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what the implications of the Courts Act 2003 are for the remuneration of Under Sheriffs; (2) what steps he has...

  • Treasury

    • Respiratory Diseases (Children)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children between five and 15 years died of respiratory-related diseases in each year since 2000.

    • Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the overpayment of tax credits, in particular to claimants who have overpayments being recovered from their awards at high rates.

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many teenage pregnancies there were in each year since 2000.

      Birth Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many live births there were in each year since 2000.

      Cancer/Coronary Death Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest figures for the death rate from (a) cancer and (b) coronary heart disease are in (i) the Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii)...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue has been raised by the Climate Change Levy in each year since its introduction.

      Customs and Excise (Correspondence)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 19 October 2003 concerning Mr. C. Silvester, PO Reference 5.09712/2003).

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Government has to remove stamp duty on the financial services sector.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what initiatives are in place to assist the financial services industry to ensure probity and transparency in dealings with the public.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the infant mortality rate was in 2003.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reform Stamp Duty Land Tax on leases.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Civil Servants (Disabilities)

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

    • Construction Site Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many serious accidents have been recorded on construction sites in the last 10 years.

      Disability and Carers Executive Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to consult Scottish-based groups representing disabled people in setting-up the new Disability and Carers Executive Agency.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed Incapacity Benefit for financial years (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03 in (i) the Perth constituency, (ii)...

      Northern Ireland Troubles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the funding of victims work in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Great Britain will be continued after the end of the current funding in 2004.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many calls were made to the Pension Credit Helpline in each month since April, broken down by (a) calls classed as engaged, (b) calls...

      Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) research and (b) evaluation his Department has commissioned into customer service in the Pension Service since the relocation of...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the impact on his Department's budget of contracting the self-employed with immediate effect into the state second pension,...

      Retirement Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what targets exist for backdated awards of retirement pension; and how many such backdated pension awards there were in each month of the 12...

      Statutory Sick Pay

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

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to extend the Winter Fuel Payment Scheme to people with severe disabilities.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bribery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many reports of concerns of bribery registered by UK companies about foreign competitors have been made by his Department to...

    • Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking, with reference to recent reports concerning those responsible, to assist the Burundian authorities to...

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the meetings, their dates and the officials involved at which the issue of human rights abuses in Chechnya were...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 15 December 2003 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton...

      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 whether the United Kingdom and other member states were consulted by the Council of Europe over its decision to produce a...

      General Affairs and External Relations Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the General Affairs and External Relations Council held on 26–27 January; what the Government's...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people entered the UK from (a) Venezuela, (b) Suriname and (c) Bolivia in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will initiate a review of the operation of the secret intelligence services.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria were used to select British companies to carry out reconstruction work in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place a transcript of his interview on the Today Programme on 26 January on Iraq in the Library.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Special Intelligence Service has interviewed Iraqis who had worked in Saddam Hussein's programmes of weapons of mass...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether evidence of nuclear weapons of mass destruction programme-related activities have been discovered in Iraq by the Iraq...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what specific steps have been taken by the Iraq Survey Group to follow up the unresolved disarmament issues in respect of (a) VX...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the military preparations for joining NATO of (a) Bulgaria, (b) Estonia, (c) Latvia, (d)...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Nigeria about (a) increases in Muslim fundamentalism in that country and (b)...

      Overseas Bribery and Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many reports of bribery and corruption overseas were received from diplomatic posts between November 1997 and February 2002.

      Overseas Bribery and Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many allegations of overseas bribery involving UK companies his Department has received from the US Administration since...

      Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the payments in each financial year since 1999–2000 to (a) Uzbekistan, (b) Turkmenistan, (c) Kazakhstan,...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who the members of the (a) British Council, (b) Commonwealth Institute and (c) Westminster Foundation for Democracy were on 1...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the six-month pilot scheme under which visa applicants in Sri Lanka were required...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the security situation around Juba, Sudan; and what discussions he has had with the Sudanese...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the advice he is offering to British companies which are either involved or intend to become...

      UN Corruption Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what measures the Government are taking to ensure that the UK will be able to meet its commitments under the UN Convention...

      UN General Assembly Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what policy considerations dictated the UK's vote against UN General Assembly resolution 58/51, Towards a Nuclear Weapon-Free...

      UN General Assembly Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK is taking in support of UN General Assembly Resolution 58/36, on the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer...

      Visa Applicants (Fingerprinting)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the estimated cost is of extending the fingerprinting of visa applicants announced on 21 January.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many units of affordable housing for (a) rent and (b) sale were built with funding generated by recycled capital grant in (i) 2001–02 and (ii)...

    • Area-based Initiative Budget

      Mr. Davey: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the budget was for each area-based initiative for (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04, broken down by English region; and what the total...

      Brownfield Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the Government's commitment to develop brownfield land.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many applications have been made under section 76 of the Local Government Act 2003 for reductions or variations in the level of council tax payable, broken...

      Cumbria County Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Government grant for Cumbria county council was in (a) 1996–97, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage increase in grant would be necessary to bring Cambridgeshire county council up to the full Formula Spending Share for 2004–05.

      Market Renewal Pathfinder Budget

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the budget was for each market renewal pathfinder scheme for (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04, broken down by (i) English region and (ii) pathfinder area.

      Rural Land Use

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the concept of temporary development which applies to minerals and landfill operations with a restoration condition will remain unchanged by the Draft...

      Rural Land Use

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether land and buildings within the rural land use classification are prima facie protected from development.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 22 January 2004, Official Report, column 1464W, which column of the table includes units built or acquired by registered social...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have for the adoption of standards for access to (a) schools, (b) healthcare facilities, (c) leisure facilities, (d) open spaces, (e)...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how he will ensure that new housing development in the Thames Gateway, Essex area will meet (a) flood resistance standards sufficient for the Association of...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) whether the Thames Gateway area of Canvey Island will receive additional road access before the new housing development planned by the Thames Gateway...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what investigations the Thames Gateway Initiative has carried out into the (a) numbers of vehicle movements (i) on to and (ii) off Canvey Island and (b)...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning applications for (a) housing and (b) mixed use development in the Thames Gateway, Essex area have been refused since March 2000 on the grounds...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average residential density was of housing developments given planning permission since March 2000 in areas of south Essex which fall within the Thames...

      Thistle Hill Development

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what infrastructure plan has been agreed between Government agencies in relation to additional homes on the Thistle Hill development agreed by the Planning Inspector.

      Trafford Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 19 January 2004, Official Report, column 1097W, which specific (a) areas and (b) departments of Trafford council were identified as...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his latest estimate is of the level of broadband coverage in (a) North Down and (b) Northern Ireland.

    • Car Documentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his latest assessment is of the number of car owners driving in Northern Ireland without valid (a) car tax, (b) insurance, (c) MOT...

      Civil Servants

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

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to decrease sick leave in the Northern Ireland civil service; and if he will make a statement.

      Coroners (Foyle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many full-time equivalent coroners practise in the Foyle constituency; what the average coroner to population ratio is in (a) Foyle and (b)...

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the implications of experienced senior house officers from Northern Ireland who complete their general...

      Employers' Liability Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to tackle the problem of small and medium-sized businesses which are unable to obtain renewal of employers' liability...

      Estate Wardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many estate wardens have been appointed by the Housing Executive in Northern Ireland to date; and for which areas.

      Film Making

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) financial and (b) other assistance has been provided towards film making in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what studies have been conducted into the extent of fly-tipping in Northern Ireland.

      Government Solicitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether solicitors have been retained to draft legislation in respect of water charging.

      Government Solicitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money was paid to solicitors employed by the Government in the drafting of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 in (a)...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of school leavers in Northern Ireland went on into higher education in each year since 1997; what steps he is taking to increase...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of school leavers in each of the past five years went on to attend a university in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d)...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been waiting for (a) inpatient admission and (b) initial outpatient assessment for orthopaedic surgery for more than (i)...

      Industrial De-rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what research the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment based its assessment that industrial de-rating will not result in widespread...

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many businesses based (a) in Northern Ireland, (b) in the rest of the United Kingdom and (c) outside the United Kingdom have received...

      Late Flights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many flights at Northern Ireland's airports were delayed (a) arriving from and (b) departing for London in the last month for which figures...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the cost incurred as a result of women from outside Northern Ireland giving birth in local hospitals in Northern Ireland;...

      National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with (a) sports bodies, (b) local councils and (c) local representatives on the creation of a national stadium in...

      Paramilitary Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the financial cost of paramilitary beatings which resulted in long-term NHS treatment of victims in 2003.

      Peace II Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much of the funds from the Peace II programme were distributed by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in each of the last...

      Pension Inquiry Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time taken to respond to telephone inquiries made to the Social Security Agency Northern Ireland's pension service inquiry line...

      Post-primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the cost of setting up and implementing the proposed new Northern Ireland post-primary education system.

      Post-primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of how the proposed new post-primary education system will affect funding for (a) schools and (b) Further Education...

      Post-primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when research will be completed on (a) the post-primary pupil profiles and (b) new admissions criteria for the proposed new post-primary...

      Post-primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of how the implementation of the proposed new post-primary education system will affect staff employment levels in...

      Potato Ring Rot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the costs are of equipment purchased to deal with potato ring rot in the last 12 months.

      Prescription Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what he estimates the cost was of prescription fraud in Northern Ireland in 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects to bring forward proposals in relation to rates in the domestic sector.

      Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the impact of the level of domestic rates in the next financial year in Northern Ireland of the phasing out of...

      Schizophrenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the financial cost of schizophrenia in Northern Ireland in the last five years.

      South Eastern Education and Library Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action has been taken by the South Eastern Education and Library Board to complete the asbestos survey of its estate; when he expects the...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by what means the policy for purchasing timber and timber products of (a) the Northern Ireland Office, (b) the Compensation Agency, (c) the...

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Ageism in the Workplace

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to eradicate ageism in the Northern Ireland workplace.

    • Northern Ireland Civil Service: Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Civil Service has the authority to redesignate its 144 smoking rooms for other purposes without agreement from trade unions; and, if...

      Northern Ireland: Racist Incidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are taking to curb racially motivated attacks and violence in Northern Ireland; and whether they agree with the Commission for Racial Equality...

      Northern Ireland: Armagh City Shooting,11 January 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the shooting incident in Armagh City on Sunday 11 January was terrorist related; and if so, which terrorist organisation is suspected of having been involved.

      Northern Ireland: District Councillors' Expenses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the amount paid by each of the 26 Northern Ireland district councils for expenses of councillors in the last financial year for which figures are available.

      Prison Service: Treatment of Juvenile Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 8 January 2003 (HL Debs. Cols. 247–49) on race relations in the Prison Service, whether the...

      Prisons: Self-inflicted Deaths and Self-harm

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What have been the recorded numbers of (a) attempted and (b) successful suicides by persons detained in custody in penal establishments in England and Wales,...

      Local Government Funding: Council Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider replacing the existing council tax system with one where the tax bands are set regionally to reflect local property values.

      Planning Reform: Disabled People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the needs of disabled people will be addressed through the reform of the planning system.

      Sustainable Development: Social Inclusion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their definition of sustainable development for the purposes of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill incorporates provision for social inclusion.

      All-postal Ballots: Local Council By-elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which local council by-elections have taken place by all-postal ballots since the ordinary elections in May.

      Company Directors: Diversity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each year for which statistics are available for FTSE 100 companies, what is (a) the number of women executive directors, and their percentage of total...

      Correspondence from MPs and Peers: Government's Performance Standards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their performance standards for replying to letters from Members of Parliament and Peers.

      Public Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the basis on which remuneration is currently paid to members of some public bodies but not others; and What is the rationale for some government...

      Public Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have comparative figures for members of different diversity groups who fail to complete their first term in office on public bodies or do not seek...

      Public Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is sufficient training and support available both for those wishing to apply for appointment to public bodies and for those appointed.

      West Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will set out their latest forecasts for passenger growth on the West Coast Main Line following completion of the present upgrade.

      Judicial Evidence: Still Photographs taken by Coloscopy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of a recent High Court judgment, they will issue guidance to judges on the use of still photographs taken by coloscopy as evidence of alleged...

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