Written answers

Wednesday, 4 February 2004

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq Survey Group

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether (a) he and (b) his Ministers have visited the members of the Iraq Survey Group in Basra; and what assessment he has made of their personal safety as they carry...

  • Trade and Industry

    • National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people (a) in the UK and (b) in Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East have benefited from the minimum wage; and what measures are...

    • Bank of Credit and Commerce International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the request from the hon. Member for Leicester, East for a meeting on the way the Insolvency Service has dealt with BCCI.

      Bribery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what written guidelines her Department has produced for staff (a) in her Department and (b) in Trade Partners on how they should respond to...

      Bribery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many allegations of overseas bribery and corruption her Department has received since 1997; on what dates the allegations were received;...

      Business Start-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the change in the number of successful high growth business start-ups in each year since 1997.

      Community Interest Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the likely level of demand for community interest companies over the next five years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 22 January 2004, Official Report, column 1446W, when she will write to the hon. Member for Nottingham, North.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent on recruitment advertisements in the press, broken down by publication, by (a) her Department, (b) quangos under the...

      Fisheries (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many applications there have been for compensation from former Icelandic waters trawlermen which (a) have been successful, (b) have been...

      Miners' Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will announce the minimum payment under the Miners' Pension Fund; and if she will make a statement.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money has been spent investigating companies suspected of having broken the rules on the minimum wage in each year since its introduction.

      National Power Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she is taking to ensure the integrity of the national power grid.

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to explore the licensing of new nuclear technologies in the United Kingdom.

      Online CD/DVD Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's policy is on companies selling online competitively-priced CDs and DVDs to residents of the United Kingdom; and if she...

      Pornographic Messages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the use of telephone transferred charge calls to propogate unwanted pornographic messages; and if she will...

      Post Office Banking Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the outcome was of discussions with major high street banks on the provision of banking services at post offices; and if she will make a...

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure that there is adequate consultation with relevant hon. Members and other interested parties when an urban...

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the adequacy of the Urban Reinvention Programme's consultation process for closure proposals.

      Public Bodies (Membership)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who the members of the (a) North West Industrial Development Board, (b) South West Industrial Development Board and (c) Eastern Region...

      Research and Development (Tax Credits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many of the claims for research and development tax credits that have been received by the Government have led to the development of a new...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made towards the achievement of (a) targets and (b) delivery of the (i) regional economic strategy and (ii) corporate...

      Seminars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many seminars the Government has organised for the UK business community since 1997 on (a) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and...

      UN Technology Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the oral answer of 6 January to the hon. Member for Inverness, East, Nairn and Lochaber (Mr. Stewart), Official Report, column...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the contribution of the (a) concrete content of foundations, (b) losses in transmission and (c) the...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the additional cost of reinforcing the transmission grid to cope with the addition of wind farm-generated...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to regionalise the administration and management of the Civil Service.

  • Defence

    • Bird Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) the cost of bird scarers and (b) their efficacy in preventing RAF bird-strikes.

    • Catterick (Trainees' Boots)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many pairs of correctly fitting boots each trainee receives at Infantry Training Centre, Catterick.

      Civil Servants

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Driver Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on the resources available for driver training in the armed forces.

      European Armaments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the appointment of the Head of the European Armaments Agency.

      Forces Bases (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces are based in Wales.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what protection from radioactive fallout is offered to UK forces in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops are deployed in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of (a) tanks, (b) armoured personnel carriers and (c) other equipment used by troops from Welsh battalions stationed in Iraq were fully...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2004, Official Report, column 1247W, about the Iraq Survey Group, if he will break down the figure (a) by...

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the budget of the Ministry of Defence Police has been in each of the past five years in current prices; and what the planned budget is for the next...

      Night Vision Goggles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the overall allocation is of night-vision goggles to the (a) Royal Navy and Royal Marines, (b) Army and (c) Royal Air Force.

      Personal Radio Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether individual soldiers are permitted to buy components for their army-issued personal radio systems.

      Project ISOLUS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list sites owned by his Department that are being considered for storing radioactive waste as part of project ISOLUS.

      RAF Flying Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF flying posts there are this year; and how many are planned for each of the next three years.

      RAF Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the report of the Defence Aviation Safety Centre into the possible impact on public safety of the relocation of glider squadrons to...

      RAF Leeming (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether there were breaches of security at RAF Leeming during the evening of 29 November and early morning of 30 November 2003; and whether an...

      RAF Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF stations there were in the UK in (a) 2003 and (b) 1993; and how many accommodated flying operations in each year.

      Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) exercises and (b) training course places involving reservists have been (i) cancelled and (ii) withdrawn in each of the three armed services...

      Royal Gibraltar Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for changes in (a) manning levels and (b) overall structure of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on lean manned ships for the Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement.

      Sea Harrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Sea Harrier will be withdrawn from service.

      Survey Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total value was of the contract awarded to Vosper Thorneycroft to design and construct HMS Echo and HMS Enterprise.

      Training Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which countries have cancelled training exercises involving HM forces in the past two years; and for what reasons.

      Type 45 Destroyer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the first Type 45 destroyer will be delivered to the Royal Navy; and whether this is the date originally specified.

  • Education and Skills

    • British Universities Overseas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what independent audit is carried out of the quality of education offered by British universities operating overseas.

    • Children's Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills by how much he expected the Children's Fund partnerships to underspend their 2003–04 budget profiles; on what basis the expectation of...

      School Transport

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

      Higher Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 27 January in respect of the commitment to more funding for higher education.

      Landfill Tax Credit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money deriving from the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme has been spent on promoting environmental education in schools in each of the...

      School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received about safety on school buses; and if he will make a statement.

      University of Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he was informed that the fraud squad of the Israeli police were investigating the unlawful sale of University of Humberside degrees;...

      University of Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) false and (b) genuine degree certificates have been issued through each branch of University of Humberside franchised...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Albatrosses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 5 January 2004, Official Report, column 90W, on albatrosses and petrels, if the United Kingdom will...

    • Albatrosses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 5 January 2004, Official Report, column 90W, on albatrosses and petrels, what legal and other...

      Biodegradable Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of municipal waste going to landfill was biodegradable waste in the last year for which figures are...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total amount paid under the Common Agricultural Policy was in the United Kingdom to (a) limited companies and (b) to...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will recommend to the Leader of the House that a debate should be held on Common Agricultural Policy reform prior to...

      Deposit Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent studies her Department has undertaken in respect of deposit systems used in other European countries; and if she...

      Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial and practical assistance her Department has given environmental health officers since the Integrated Pollution...

      European Definitions (Fruit and Vegetables)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the scale of penalties which will be incurred by retailers for selling (a) peaches which are...

      Flooding Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to offer a Government home insurance scheme to owners of homes built on flood plains who cannot obtain...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the change in greenhouse gas emissions has been in (a) the UK, (b) Spain and (c) Portugal since 1990.

      Gulf Stream

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has assessed on the impact of global warming on the Gulf Stream; and if she will make a statement.

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which landfill sites have been chosen to continue receiving hazardous waste following the implementation of the Hazardous...

      Horse Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will assess the impact of the European Directive requiring horse passports on the population of semi-feral mountain...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list each Information Technology system (a) supported and (b) in development by the IT Department at Guildford;...

      Organic Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the contribution of organic farming to curbing the build up of carbon monoxide in...

      Packaging Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to publish the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2003;...

      Packaging Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 21 January 2004, Official Report, column 1234W, on packaging waste, what her policy is on the...

      Packaging Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 21 January 2004, Official Report, column 1234W, on packaging waste, what the extent was of the...

      Packaging Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason her Department had not allowed for delays caused by the Christmas holiday period when deciding (a) when to...

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the action plan on diffuse pollution relating to agriculture to be concluded.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress made in ending discharges of TC-99 from Sellafield.

      Warm Front Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what funding her Department has provided for the Warm Front programme in each year of that programme, including the...

      Warm Front Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many households she estimates are eligible for the Warm Front scheme in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley; and how many...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her Answer of 14 January 2004, Official Report, column 732W, on domestic waste, in which month the Government...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of (a) domestic, (b) commercial and (c) industrial refuse was recycled in each of the last three years.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what subsidies are available for (a) the incineration of waste, (b) the recycling of waste and (c) other waste disposal...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the environmental benefits of recycling.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the environmental benefits of incineration.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the environmental costs and benefits of landfill.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of waste have been disposed of in England by (a) landfill, (b) incineration and (c) recycling in each of the...

      Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the impact of a £5 billion reduction in water company investment in environmental...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Correspondence

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

    • Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards democracy in Iran.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether former members of the Iraqi Ba'ath party will be permitted to stand for election in Iraq under the proposed arrangements...

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which official from Trade Partners UK was given a sabbatical to work with BAE Systems in South Africa; what date and for what...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the progress of the peace process in Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the (a) President and (b) Prime Minister of Sri Lanka about the political situation in Sri Lanka.

  • Scotland

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland for answer on 22 January, on the Scottish whisky industry.

  • Transport

    • Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who the members of the (a) Civil Aviation Authority, (b) Traffic Area Eastern and (c) Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee were on 1 January;...

    • Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the total level of investment provided by the private sector in the railway industry was in each of the financial years since the...

      Rural Bus Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will announce the levels of the rural bus grant to local authorities for 2004–05; and if he will enhance those grants to support...

      Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the cost is of the software upgrade at Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre to be made by National Air Traffic Services as a result of the...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received concerning the Office of Fair Trading's report recommending de-restriction of taxis; and if he will make a statement.

      US Ships (Decommissioning)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the International Maritime Organisation recommendations on changing ballast water mid-ocean were followed in respect of the ships sent from the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Motor Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on progress with the Department's commitment to investment in British motor sport.

    • Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with One North-East about its responsibilities in relation to tourism.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Deaths in Custody

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will list those individuals and organisations (a) to whom (i) her Department, (ii) its executive agencies and (iii) the non-departmental public bodies for...

    • Hutton Report

      To ask the Solicitor-General if the Attorney-General will discuss with Lord Hutton the investigation of the source of the leak of Lord Hutton's findings to Mr. Trevor Kavanagh of The Sun, with...

  • Wales

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many letters from hon. Members from Wales he answered during (a) June, (b) July, (c) August, (d) September, (e) October and (f) November 2003; and if...

  • International Development

    • India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of poverty levels within the Indian state of Jharkhand.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether there are UK representatives on the International Advisory and Monitoring Board in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to his answer of 26 January 2004, Official Report, column 24W, on Iraq, who the voting members are of the Programme Review...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to his answer of 20 January 2004, Official Report, column 1144W, on Iraq, if he will place in the Library reports of the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the projects funded by his Department in southern Iraq that have not been subcontracted to local firms.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who the members of the Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority's programme review board are; what criteria were adopted to choose the...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which consultants are retained by his Department to provide the Government of Nigeria with advice on public service delivery and civil...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the levels of (a) malnutrition, (b) disease and (c) destitution in Southern Sudan in (i) December 2001,...

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

      Sudanese Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the humanitarian condition of Sudanese refugees from the Beja community who are living in Eritrea; and...

      Voluntary Service Overseas

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's grant to Voluntary Service Overseas (a) is this year and (b) will be next year; and how many Voluntary Service...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on homelessness.

    • Registered Social Landlords

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to encourage councils to adopt registered social landlords as principal agents for development.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures he is taking to encourage greater energy efficiency in new house building.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to assess the impact on North West house builders of his current housing policy.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of (a) households, (b) people, (c) accommodation units and (d) dwellings that will fall within the scope of the mandatory...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the review of local government boundaries.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with Essex county council on his plans to regionalise the fire service.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will set a date for the referendum on regional government in the north-west.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will meet a delegation from Worcestershire to discuss the report by Professor David Blanchflower and Professor Andrew Oswald on the calculation of an...

      Beaches

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether beaches form part of functional flood plains for the purpose of planning policy guidance.

      Beaches

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons beaches are not part of the definitions of land contained within planning policy guidance; and if he will take steps to ensure that they are.

      Beaches

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which planning policy guidance notes cover proposed development on beaches.

      Dame Shirley Porter

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress being made in removing the damehood from Dame Shirley Porter.

      Homebuy Loans

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Homebuy loans were made to (a) those in social housing, (b) those on housing waiting lists and (c) key workers in London in 2002–03.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how and by which department housing benefit in respect of tenants whose properties (a) are managed by arm's length management organisations, (b) have been the...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list (a) the 10 local authorities which are due to receive the greatest percentage increases in grant in the financial year 2004–05 and (b) the...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who the members of the (a) Housing Action Trust Liverpool, (b) Audit Commission, (c) Housing Action Trust Stonebridge, (d) Buildings Regulations Advisory...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who the members of the (a) Rent Assessment Panel Greater Manchester and Lancashire, (b) Rent Assessment Panel London, (c) Rent Assessment Panel Merseyside and...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who the members of the (a) Advisory Committee Justices of the Peace in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, (b) Better Regulation Task Force, (c) New...

      Swale Borough Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many requests have been made to the Legal Department of Swale Borough Council under Section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 since 24 November 2003.

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many additional housing units have been targeted for (a) Castle Point and (b) Canvey Island since March 2000.

  • Treasury

    • Advancing Enterprise Summit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) who the speakers are at the Advancing Enterprise summit; (2) what the sources of funding were for the Advancing Enterprise summit; (3) what the (a)...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what allowance is made in the Government Actuary's projection of future immigration for (a) the number of people whose claims for asylum are rejected who...

      Carers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of carers aged 65 years and over.

      Child Mortality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the main cause of death in children aged under 15 years was in 2003.

      Children With Heart Defects

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the incidence was of children born with heart defects in each year since 2000.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people he estimates are actively using internet-based stockbroking services in the UK; and how many he estimates are doing so in other EU states.

      Future Tax Yield

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Report of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Inland Revenue for the year ending 31 March 2003 (Cm 6050), Page 107, Table 5, Note 5, in which...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Department's progress in tackling illegal meat imports.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) residential and (b) other properties have been purchased under the Self Investment Personal Pension system since its introduction.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the changes proposed in his pre-Budget statement in respect of Self Investment Personal Pensions upon (a)...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria will apply to the purchase of residential properties under his proposed changes to Self Investment Personal Pensions.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue to be raised from stamp duty land tax on leases in the next tax year.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the percentage of commercial rental contracts liable for stamp duty land tax.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received concerning the future of e-conveyancing following the implementation of stamp duty land tax.

      Thalidomide Trust

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made by the Inland Revenue to establish the Thalidomide Trust's right to make distributions tax exempt under section 329 of the...

      US-UK Enterprise Agreement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list the (a) measures introduced and (b) events taking place as part of the US-UK enterprise agreement; (2) what meetings officials from...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time was for treatment in each of Northern Ireland's accident and emergency departments in each month of the last year...

    • Acquired Brain Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people suffered a traumatic head injury in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Acquired Brain Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reason the Department for Employment and Learning decided to provide no further funding to the ReConnect training facility for people...

      Acquired Brain Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total expenditure has been on providing community-based training and rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury in Northern...

      Ards Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to broaden the range of services offered on the Ards Hospital site.

      Ards Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to extend the opening hours of the minor injuries units at (a) Bangor and (b) Ards Community Hospitals.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to resolve the Northern Ireland Civil Service pay dispute; and if he will make a statement.

      Community Support Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his assessment is of the Community Support Programme in Northern Ireland.

      Economic Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on economic performance in Northern Ireland over the last five years.

      Elective Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the extent of elective surgery conducted in Northern Ireland on citizens of the Irish Republic in 2003; and if he...

      Employer's Liability Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the costs of Employer's Liability Insurance in Northern Ireland.

      Ethnic Minority Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding was provided to ethnic minorities in each of the last five years, broken down by project.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what financial assistance the Government will give Northern Ireland's (a) fishermen and (b) processors during the tie-up scheme for cod fishing...

      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 Energy (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 in (a)...

      Heroin Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many registered heroin addicts there were in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Home Helps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent changes have been made in Home Help Services in Northern Ireland.

      Hospital Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients' hospital discharge was delayed while awaiting community care packages in each of the last six years.

      Hospital Trolley Waits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 7 January, Official Report, column 406W, on hospital trolley waits, how many patients included in trolley wait totals...

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals died from lung cancer in 2003; and what the mean survival time was following diagnosis.

      Maternity Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress towards the construction of a new regional maternity hospital.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many sufferers from rheumatoid arthritis in Northern Ireland are waiting to commence anti-TNF drugs; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals are awaiting the commencement of treatment with (a) beta interferon and (b) glatiramer for multiple sclerosis.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the recent meeting between the Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office and the Ulster Political Research Group.

      Minority Ethnic Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons he has decided to limit provision for meeting the commitments of the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister...

      MRI Scanning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are awaiting MRI scanning in Northern Ireland, broken down by health trust area.

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines extend to Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Neurosurgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients in Northern Ireland are awaiting (a) inpatient admission and (b) initial outpatient assessment, in neurosurgery.

      Patient Admissions/Assessments

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

      Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients were awaiting physiotherapy assessment in each six-month interval over the last five years.

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average length of time is for processing planning applications in Northern Ireland.

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time is for a planning appeal hearing to take place in Northern Ireland after an application for an appeal has been lodged.

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time taken by his Department was to respond to letters of objection from people regarding planning applications in 2003.

      Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of police officers in Northern Ireland, broken down by rank, are (a) female and (b) from an ethnic minority.

      Police Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints have been referred to the office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland for investigation since its formation; and how...

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the Full Time Reserve of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what amount was spent on leisure facilities in prisons in each of the last six years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners in Northern Ireland are the subject of suicide watch observations; and what the corresponding figure was for the first day of...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who the members of the (a) Probation Board for Northern Ireland, (b) Police Authority for Northern Ireland and (c) Board of Visitors of...

      Racist Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many racist incidents were recorded by the police in Northern Ireland in (a) January and (b) each month in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2002,...

      Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with European Union authorities on the issue of industrial de-rating and state aid.

      Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the likely impact of industrial de-rating on (a) small and medium-sized and (b) large businesses in Northern Ireland.

      Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the likely impact of his decision to rate vacant premises on (a) small and medium-sized and (b) large businesses...

      Industrial De-rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what mechanisms he has established to monitor the impact of the phasing out of industrial de-rating in Northern Ireland.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new houses have been built in the social rented sector in North Belfast in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent on maintenance and repair of social rented housing in North Belfast in each year since 1997.

      Specialist Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what additional funding was provided in 2003 for new specialist prescribed drugs for (a) rheumatoid arthritis and (b) multiple sclerosis.

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals are awaiting speech therapy assessment; and how many of those have waited more than six months.

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been provided to promote cricket in the Province in each of the last five years.

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been provided to assist the promotion of (a) hockey, (b) rugby, (c) soccer, (d) gaelic football, (e) hurling and (f) other...

      Tourism (Ards Peninsula/North Down)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to attract more tourists in 2004 to (a) the Ards Peninsula and (b) the North Down area.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the current average waiting times are for MRI scanning in Northern Ireland.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to introduce within the public service agreements set by central Government a commitment to raise Council Tax...

    • Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) error rate and (b) arrears of work levels were for the last year in which pensions work was done in local offices in the South...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer, net of savings in means-tested benefits and additional tax revenues, of paying a full basic...

      Sunset Clauses

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

  • Health

    • "Agenda for Change"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the projected cost increase in each of the next five years if all members of staff eligible for the Agenda for Change programme...

    • Cataracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the reasons that Netcare delivers cataract services on behalf of the NHS at a price less than NHS costs.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assumptions his Department has made about the level of take-up of the consultant contract.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria his Department used to decide on the (a) location and (b) number of training places for consultants in grown-up congenital heart abnormality.

      Contracting Out

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of procedures contracted out by the NHS to the public sector in the last 12 months.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of dental treatment in (a) Brent, (b) London and (c) England was in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists' surgeries in Brent East constituency are accepting new NHS patients.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS and (b) private dental practices there are in (i) the Castle Point and Rochford Primary Care Trust and (ii) the Essex Strategic Health...

      NHS Students (Child Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to introduce the scheme to help with child care costs for national health service-funded students with children aged up to five years.

      Drug Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate of drug price inflation his Department is using in budgets for financial year 2004–05.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many general practitioner vacancies there were in (a) Brent Primary Care Trust, (b) London and (c) England in each year since 1997; (2) how...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average amount of funding provided to a general practitioner surgery is in (a) England and (b) the London Borough of Havering.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to recruit general practitioners; what the current national ratio of patients to general practitioners is; what the...

      Health Care Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the net inflow of health care professionals to the United Kingdom was in each of the last ten years, broken down by (a) country and (b) profession.

      Health Care Workers (Communicable Diseases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether health care workers from overseas who are employed at NHS treatment centres are subject to compulsory tests for communicable diseases; and if he...

      Health Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) delayed transfers of care and (b) emergency readmissions within 28 days of discharge there were in each quarter of 2003–04, for (i)...

      Health Workers (Commonwealth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the United Kingdom will sign up to the code of practice for the international recruitment of health workers approved by the Commonwealth Health...

      Local Health Economies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications of the targets set by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's community plan for local health economies.

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average wait was between diagnosis of macular degeneration and first follow-up appointment with a health professional in the last period for...

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support those suffering from age-related macular degeneration currently receive after diagnosis.

      Marshfield Road Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis the decision has been taken to close the Marshfield Road Surgery of Dr. Barne Williams, in Chippenham; and what procedure was used to make...

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the future impact on the NHS of the increase in the proportion of medical students who are female (a) in general practice...

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the refusal of parents to allow their children to receive the MMR vaccine affects (a) payment to the child's family doctor and (b) the star rating...

      NHS Budget (Non-British Citizens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the annual budget for the national health service in 2003–04 has been spent on treatment of non-British citizens.

      NHS Complaints Procedure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the individuals and organisations from which his Department, its executive agencies and the non-departmental public bodies for which his...

      NHS Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each (a) NHS region, (b) health authority and (c) NHS trust for each quarter of 2002–03 the (i) monetary value of approvals to...

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of whether NHS Professionals is able to operate more efficiently than the previous arrangements for the recruitment of staff.

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the policy of NHS Professionals is on the international recruitment of nurses; how many nurses it has recruited from abroad in each year since its...

      Nurses/Trainees and Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to commission research into the reasons why (a) nurses and (b) midwives trained in the UK (i) do not register with the Nurses and...

      Nursing Students (Tuition Fees)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of meeting tuition fees for nursing students arising from the Higher Education Bill.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the allocations to primary care trusts (PCTs) of the funding announced in his Department's press release of 18 September;...

      Radiographers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies exist for radiographers in the NHS in (a) Portsmouth and South East Hampshire and (b) England; and what assessment he has made of...

      Rainbows Children's Hospice (Leicestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has had from hon. Members concerning the funding of Rainbows Children's Hospice.

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money Leicestershire West Primary Care Trust gave to projects dealing with children's respite care in 2003.

      Sensory Impairment

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

      Streptococcal Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is taking to implement the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Green Top Guidelines on Group B streptococcus.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses and (b) general practitioners are in training in (a) South Tyneside, (b) Tyne and Wear, (c) the North East and (d) the UK; and what...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times were for (a) all specialities, (b) orthopaedics and (c) thoracic treatment in each year since 1997 for (i) England and (ii)...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the (a) mean and (b) median waiting time for (i) in-patient and (ii) first out-patient appointments for each quarter from...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital trolley waits there were in the London region in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002 and (d) 2003; and how many there were in December of each year.

  • Home Department

    • Anti-social Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what advice he has given to (a) police and (b) local councils on (i) the need to liaise with each other, (ii) the protocols for...

    • Anti-social Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a code of practice for police operations in respect of recent anti-social behaviour legislation.

      Asylum Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the differences between the proposed new measures on asylum policy and the present immigration rules.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what instructions were given to his Department's staff on the length of time of stay that asylum seekers were allowed in the UK before...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further research has been conducted since July 2002 on why asylum seekers seek asylum in Britain rather than elsewhere; on what size of...

      Asylum Seekers

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

      Burglaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for burglary were of first-time burglars in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) police authority and (b)...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of prosecutions brought for cannabis-related offences have not resulted in a conviction in each of the last five years.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what references will be made in his new campaign on drugs education to accompany the reclassification of cannabis on possible links with...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people in England and Wales who take (a) heroin, (b) marijuana, (c) cocaine and (d) ecstasy.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the system of classifying illegal drugs.

      Fixed Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices were issued in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down by police authority in...

      Motoring Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of totting procedures for motoring offences.

      Operation Tarian

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) raids, (b) arrests, (c) convictions and (d) drug seizures were carried out under Operation Tarian.

      Murders (Southend)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many murders there were in Southend in each of the last 10 years; and how many resulted in convictions.

      Police (Cumbria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons he proposes to reduce the amount of police specific grant to be received in Cumbria in 2004–05 in respect of the Rural...

      Police Statistics (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) recorded burglaries, (b) recorded thefts from or of a vehicle, (c) recorded violent crimes, (d) recorded crimes involving...

      Speed Cameras (Southend)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much revenue has been raised in fines imposed as a result of speed cameras in Southend since 1997.

      UK Immigration Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK immigration officials were in post at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Stansted, (d) Luton and (e) City airport on 1 January in...

      Taiwanese Nationals (Police Registration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the requirements for police registration have been lifted in respect of Taiwanese nationals.

      Serious Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he gives to chief constables on the definition of serious crimes.

  • House of Lords

    • GM Crops

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the recommendations of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in its report The Use of GM Crops in Developing Countries, whether the investment in...

    • Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe and River Danube

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans for major economic investments have been agreed as a result of the Stability Pact for south-eastern Europe; and whether by now the Danube Commission has...

      Police Service: Staff Support Associations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Gay Police Association and the Black Police Association are officially recognised by the Metropolitan Police and other police forces in the United...

      Faith Communities Unit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Home Office Faith Communities Unit relates to the Government's review of their interface with faith communities, which was due to report back at the end of...

      Cannabis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is found in: (a) most cannabis; and (b) skunk cannabis; and What proportion used in the United Kingdom they believe...

      Cannabis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in cannabis can produce a psychotic reaction.

      Fungal Diseases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps are being taken to prevent and treat diseases due to fungal infections.

      Fungal Diseases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the budget allocated to research into the causes and treatment of fungal diseases.

      Fungal Diseases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many laboratories specialise in the investigation and treatment of life-threatening fungal diseases; and whether they consider this number adequate to meet the...

      School Session Times

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Education and Skills Innovation Unit, in considering proposals from schools to introduce innovative changes in the school day, requires...

      School Swimming

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will (a) provide an update on the swimming review which is part of the Physical Education, School Sport and Club Links Strategy; and (b) detail the...

      Stakeholder Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Treasury will announce its decision on whether to relax the 1 per cent management charge levy on stakeholder pensions.

      Horse Passports: VAT

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a decision has been finalised on the application of VAT to horse passports.

      Sports Coaching Qualifications: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What routes are available for volunteers to access government-funded courses leading to recognised coaching qualifications.

      Drug Free Sport Directorate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 20 January (WA 131–132), who made the decision to suspend the Head of the Drug Free Sport...

      Drug Free Sport Directorate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 5 January (WA 20), how much the review by PMP consultants of the Drug Free Sport Directorate at...

      Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guarantees are in place to secure Crystal Palace National Sports Centre as a world class centre of sporting excellence after the summer of 2006.

      Sport: Overseas Tours

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider developing a formal protocol between them and national governing bodies of sport for tours and competitions with overseas countries...

      Public Bodies: Disabled Members

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the overall 2005 target for disabled members of public bodies; and which government department is (a) nearest and (b) furthest from achieving these goals.

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