Written answers

Thursday, 5 February 2004

  • Minister for Women

  • Prime Minister

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Altrincham and Sale, West on 20 January, ref. 149941.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library all correspondence between his press secretary and the Director General of the BBC relating to the lead-up to and conduct of the war in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will establish an independent United Kingdom inquiry to investigate the intelligence which led the United Kingdom to take military action in Iraq in 2003; and if...

      Surveillance Commissioner

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make an announcement about the re-appointment of the right hon. Sir John MacDermott as Surveillance Commissioner under Part III of the Police Act 1997.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Business Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the business support schemes being operated by the Government.

    • Public Bodies (Membership)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who the members of the (a) Advisory Committee on Coal Research, (b) Energy Advisory Panel, (c) Measurement Advisory Committee, (d) Overseas...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 26 January 2004, Official Report, column 74W, on Regional Development Agencies, what the costs of the arrangements...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many miles of new power lines will be needed in (a) Yorkshire and (b) other parts of England as a result of the planned development of...

  • Transport

    • Airport Expansion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what evidence he has collated on the effect of airport expansion on foreign direct investment.

    • Road Accidents (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people (a) were killed, (b) were seriously injured and (c) suffered less severe injuries on roads in Wales, broken down by (i) police force,...

  • Treasury

    • Alcohol-related Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many alcohol-related deaths there were in each year since 1980.

    • Barnett Formula

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes have been made to the Barnett Formula with regard to the updating of population statistics; and when he expects the Barnett Formula to equalise...

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish for each year from 1998–99 to 2005–06 a table showing the levels of expenditure in England comparable to that expenditure in...

      Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many and what proportion of claims for the child care tax credit have been subject to follow-up checks in each year since its introduction to...

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the reasons for the decision to have two different initial payment values into Child Trust Funds; (2) what assessment...

      Economic Inactivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the total cost to the economy of economic inactivity.

      Economic Inactivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the major causes of economic inactivity.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men aged 64 and (b) women aged 59 are in paid employment; and if he will estimate the average earnings of each group.

      Gangmasters

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what amount has been recovered since 1994 in unpaid income tax and national insurance contributions from gangmasters operating in the agricultural sector.

      Inward Investment (Wales)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the levels of inward investment in Wales for each year since 1990, broken down by (a) source country and (b) destination by (i) constituency...

      Spread Betting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the Financial Services Authority of regulating the United Kingdom spread-betting industry was in 2003–04.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with officials from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport regarding the effect of stamp duty land tax on leases on...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff of (a) the Inland Revenue and (b) its contractors have been allocated to work on tax credits for each year since their introduction.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what elements of the new tax credits IT system will require systems testing before April; and when that systems testing will (a) commence and (b) conclude.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what grants were paid by the Arts Council to arts organisations in the past five years, broken down by (a) opera, (b) dance, (c) theatre...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fishing Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the size of the UK's fishing fleet has changed in the last five years.

    • Public Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the status is of her Department's guide to public procurement.

      Waste Management Plan (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation she has had in the past six months with Essex county council over its waste management plan.

      Energy Efficiency Commitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to extend the Energy Efficiency Commitment in line with the commitments made in the Energy White Paper.

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to promote the wider use of sustainable and recycled materials in the construction industry.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, what discussions she has held with the Scottish Executive about the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

      Sewage Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the regulation of sewage plants in relation to mosquito infestation.

      Transport (Environmental Impact)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Department for Transport on the environmental impact of transport.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the levels of imports of poultry meat from (a) Thailand, (b) Pakistan, (c) Indonesia, (d) Vietnam and (e) other...

      Birds and Habitat Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she is making in the application of the Birds and Habitat Directives to the UK's offshore waters.

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list those individuals and organisations to whom (a) her Department, (b) its Executive Agencies and (c) the...

      Crematoria Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will ensure that future measurements of emissions from crematoria will be monitored by independent organisations.

      Departmental Investigation Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many investigation officers are employed by her Department; and how many investigation officers were recruited in (a)...

      Departmental Investigation Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out the purpose and job description of an investigation officer.

      Departmental Investigation Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total annualised cost to public funds is of her Department's force of investigation officers in 2003–04.

      Departmental Investigation Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of (a) the July 2003 recruitment advertisement and (b) the required skills and...

      Foot and Mouth Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for North-West Norfolk (Mr. Bellingham) of 8 January 2004, Official Report, column...

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people employed in her Department have claimed statutory sick pay for (a) less than one week, (b) one to three...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 21 January 2004, Official Report, column 1251W, on Chechnya, what plans his Department has to make...

    • Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence he has collated of Chechen involvement in (a) conflicts in (i) Afghanistan, (ii) Iraq and (iii) Kashmir and (b)...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of recent developments in the terrorist tactics employed by Colombia's revolutionary armed forces,...

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in the study considering the feasibility of repopulating the atolls around the Diego Garcia; what...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any British companies bidding for reconstruction work in Iraq have been blacklisted under the United States Iran-Libya...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence has been found by the Iraq Survey Group of the destruction of the material and equipment dedicated to weapons of...

      Security Passes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in his Department in the last 12 months.

      Surplus Nuclear Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place in the G8 ad hoc group on the disposition of surplus military nuclear materials on the...

  • Education and Skills

    • Cambridgeshire Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what meetings the Minister of State for School Standards has held since 1 December 2003 with (a) the hon. Member for Cambridge (Mrs....

    • Excellence Challenge Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in each local education authority area received Excellence Challenge funding in the current financial year; and what the...

      Higher Education (Centres of Excellence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to higher education institutions of bidding to become a Centre of Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

      Higher Education (Participation Rates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many universities have widening participation units.

      Higher Education (Participation Rates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what international comparisons he has made between participation in higher education institutions in the UK from lower social groups and the...

      Higher Education Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason he will make subscription costs from higher education institutions to the Higher Education Academy mandatory for the first...

      Higher Education Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the Higher Education Academy.

      Higher Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of gross domestic product the Government is spending on higher and further education and student support in 2003–04.

      Higher Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the total projected change in the teaching fund allocation to higher education institutions from 2003–04...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who the members of (a) Remploy, (b) the National Advisory Council on Employment of People with Disabilities, (c) the National Disability...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who the members of (a) the Further Education Funding Council, (b) the Further Education Funding Council Yorkshire and Humberside Regional...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who the members of the (a) Centre for Information on Language Teaching, (b) Construction Industry Training Board, (c) Engineering...

      Publicity Campaigns

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

      Quality Assurance Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the role of the Quality Assurance Agency.

      Quality Assurance Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the annual budget is for 2003–04 of the Quality Assurance Agency.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his estimate is of the total cost to his Department of providing financial support to students in higher education after 2006–07.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what financial assistance is available for students paying maximum tuition fees under (a) present arrangements and (b) proposed student...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average tuition fee paid by a student at a further education college in 2003 is in 2003–04.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the additional funding required to meet the additional support measures for students announced by the Government will come from (a)...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much additional funding his Department will require as part of the comprehensive spending review (a) to maintain existing funding levels...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) under what circumstances his Department will ignore parental income in deciding eligibility for a student grant; (2) at what age his...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who is entitled to receive education maintenance allowances.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what he estimates the total cost to the Government will be of fee deferral in each of the three years following the introduction of top-up...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his reply of 22 January 2004, Official Report, columns 1405–07W, what the assumed distribution was in the model of the (a)...

      TeacherNet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the costs involved in producing the TeacherNet Emergencies website were.

      Teachers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the pay differentials between teaching staff in schools, further education colleges and higher education...

      Top-up Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills under his proposed top-up fees plans, what the difference in take home pay would be between two graduates, one of whom had been liable to...

      University Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the impact on the teaching budgets of higher education institutions of the creation of the access premium.

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol Harm Reduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether health warnings on alcoholic drinks are being considered in the development of the National Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy; and when...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers who have committed crimes in the UK in the last five years have been deported.

      Civil Servants (Disabled People)

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

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what means he has achieved reductions in (a) burglary, (b) vehicle crime and (c) violent crime since 1997.

      Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring forward legislation on the (a) sale, (b) promotion and (c) dissemination of (i) equipment and (ii) instructions for the...

      Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to amend legislation relating to the (a) sale and (b) ownership of deactivated guns.

      Hutton Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will investigate the premature disclosure of the Hutton Report.

      Ministerial Security Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of provision of security cover for ex-Ministers was in each of the last five years; and what the highest cost relating to any...

      Police Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on (a) the recruitment of police officers, (b) the recruitment of graduates to work as police officers and (c)...

      Police Statistics (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests, (b) people charged, (c) cautions issued and (d) convictions there were in Wales, broken down by (i) police force, (ii)...

      Policing Consultation Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those individuals and organisations to whom (a) his Department, (b) its executive agencies and (c) the non-departmental...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who the members of the (a) Advisory Board on Restricted Patients, (b) Commission for Racial Equality, (c) Gaming Board for Great Britain, (d)...

      Terrorism Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 27 January 2004, Official Report, column 268W, on the Terrorism Act 2000, what research he has (a) commissioned and...

      Terrorism Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 27 January 2004, Official Report, column 268W, on the Terrorism Act 2000, how many (a) arrests and (b) prosecutions...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which armoured vehicles are used by British patrols in Afghanistan.

    • Army Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what instructions have been given to Army commanding officers on identifying individuals who may no longer be regarded as necessary by their units.

      David Kelly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the name of each individual who contacted Dr David Kelly by (a) telephone and (b) e-mail on 17 July 2003, indicating the time of contact,...

      Driver Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces undertook (a) training to drive and (b) driving tests in the last 12 months.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what regulations govern the discharge of coolants from nuclear submarines in British waters, with particular regard to distance from shore; and what...

      Operation Telic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) protection filters were fitted to the FV432 series vehicles in Operation Telic; and how many vehicles had NBC...

      Operation Telic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will reply to the questions tabled by the hon. Member for Vale of York for answer on 12 January regarding a breach of security at RAF Leeming,...

      Private Kitulagoda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether Private Kitulagoda of the Rifle Volunteers was a member of the Civil Contingencies Reaction Force; (2) how many members of the Rifle...

      RAF Marham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what hours of the day the bird-scarer at RAF Marham operates; and whether those hours have changed in the last five years.

      RAF Marham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents of bird-strike occurred at RAF Marham in each of the last seven years.

      Work Strands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many work strands have been established by his Department; what subject areas each strand will cover; what savings have to be identified in each work...

  • International Development

    • Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is offering for the reconstruction effort in Bam, Iran, in the aftermath of the earthquake.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to his answer of 21 January 2004, Official Report, column 1297W, on Iraq, if he will break down the expenditure by (a)...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department will give Nigeria in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service Jobs (Relocation)

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Civil Service jobs have been relocated to Dumfries and Galloway since 1997.

    • Government Vehicles

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of official Government vehicles are fitted to run on liquid petroleum gas.

      Information Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what audit mechanisms are in place to determine whether information technology (a) hardware and (b) software products are being used properly in his...

      Procurement (Outsourcing)

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on the Department's procurement policy with regard to offshore IT and call centre outsourcing; whether the Department is...

      Public Services Audit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to his answer of 26 January 2004, Official Report, column 72W, on public services audit, for what reasons the contents of the Cabinet Office...

      Security Passes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) departmental agencies in the last 12 months.

      Security Passes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in his Department in the last 12 months.

  • Wales

    • Easements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will introduce legislation to create an exemption from easements for private home owners who require vehicular access across common land to access...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Learning to Listen Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of marketing his Department's Learning to Listen to Young People initiative will be.

    • Learning to Listen Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of his Department's Learning to Listen to Young People initiative will be; and if he will make a statement.

      Learning to Listen Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many officials in his Department have been assigned to work on the Learning to Listen to Young People initiative.

      Learning to Listen Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how his Department will take account of the views expressed by young people through the Learning to Listen to Young People initiative.

      Light Pollution

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on the control of light pollution.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will reduce the safety limit of 58 V/m for mobile phone and Tetra masts to the European limit of 0.002 V/m to 6 V/m; (2) if he will amend safety...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on his policy on tackling age discrimination in Northern Ireland.

    • Children's Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the work of the Children's Commissioner in Northern Ireland.

      Drugs Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans there are to increase the number of specialist beds in the Province for the treatment of patients with drug addictions; and if he...

      Education and Library Board Transition Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what opportunity is available to parents of young people with moderate learning disabilities to comment on the Education and Library Board...

      Education and Library Board Transition Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how (a) parents and (b) others may appeal the provisions contained in the Education and Library Board Transition Plan.

      Fair Employment Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what employees are exempt from fair employment legislation in Northern Ireland; and for what reason they are exempt.

      Government Solicitors

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

      Hospital Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the longest period is that an individual has been waiting for (a) in-patient admission and (b) initial out-patient assessment in...

      Learning Difficulties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the terms of reference are of the working group chaired by the Department of Education to consider future provision for the needs of young...

      Learning Difficulties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which Northern Ireland Departments are represented on the working group chaired by the Department of Education to consider provision for the...

      Post-primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of how the proposed new Northern Ireland post-primary education system will affect current schooling arrangements...

      Rates Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many people are eligible to receive rates relief, broken down by parliamentary constituency; (2) how many pensioners (a) applied for...

      Recruitment Advertising

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

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disability Discrimination Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) on what basis (a) HIV, (b) cancer and (c) multiple sclerosis were included in the draft Disability Discrimination Bill's definitions of...

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of attendance allowance claimants in England who would no longer qualify for this benefit if they were...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were successfully prosecuted in Scotland for (a) housing benefit, (b) income support, (c) council tax benefit and (d)...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many whole time equivalent staff were employed by his Department on anti-benefit fraud programmes in each of the last six years; what the...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many calls have been received by the National Benefit Fraud Hotline in each of the last six years; and how many (a) investigations, (b)...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff have been employed to investigate internal fraud within his Department in each of the last six years.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions the additional powers to obtain information from specified private and public sector organisations to tackle benefit...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints per thousand disability living allowance examinations were received by each disability benefit centre in the last 12...

      Incapacity Benefit Appeals

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

      Invalid Care Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many carers aged 65 years and over are receiving invalid care allowance.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of pensioners in each London borough are (a) entitled to the pension credit and (b) claiming the pension credit.

      Privatised File Stores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how he will ensure (a) that privatised filestores in the South East Region remain open and (b) that the files remain secure.

  • Health

    • Alcohol Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research (a) his Department and (b) the Food Standards Agency has commissioned into the relationship between alcohol consumption and alcohol advertising.

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what circumstances avian influenza in poultry can be contracted by humans; what strains of avian influenza can be contracted by humans; and if he...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work is being undertaken to develop a vaccine for the protection of susceptible persons from infection by the avian influenza virus.

      Breast Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress towards extending breast screening to all women aged 65 to 70 years by 2004.

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the recommendation of the Committee on the Rights of the Child that the UK Government adopt the international code for...

      Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many haemophiliacs in the United Kingdom have been treated in each year since 1975 for (a) hepatitis C and (b) CJD acquired from contaminated blood...

      Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many haemophiliacs died from blood product acquired infections in each year from 1975 to 1987.

      Coronary Angiograms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many coronary angiograms were sanctioned by each primary care trust in England in each of the last three years; and how many of these were (a) second...

      Delayed Discharge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the social service departments in England that incurred fines for delayed discharge patients from NHS hospitals in January; how many fines...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the procedure for non-EU overseas dentists wanting to work in the UK to be able to so do; and what plans his Department has...

      Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the financial cost of the treatment of depression to the NHS in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Drug-related Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to which year the baseline level of 1,480 drug-related deaths refers in relation to the target of reducing the number of drug-related deaths.

      Drugs/Alcohol (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children between 11 and 15 years were admitted to hospital in 2003 owing to alcohol-related problems.

      Food Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what basis the (a) chair and (b) panel members were chosen for the event organised by the Food Standards Agency in relation to the promotion of...

      GM and Animal Insulins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 13 January 2004, Official Report, columns 708–09W, what assessment he has made of the difference in costs between GM and...

      Health Inequalities

      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...

      Health Services Review (Surrey/Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of the South East Surrey and North West Sussex Health Services Review (Bagnall Review) which began in February 2001.

      Health Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS statistics are collected specifically by age groupings including the (a) over 75s and (b) over 60s.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the basis was upon which the calculation of compensation for those that contracted hepatitis C from NHS blood products was made.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recourse families of patients who died of the effects of hepatitis C contracted through NHS blood products will have to compensation.

      HIV/AIDS (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of (a) HIV positive and (b) Aids was among children aged from one year to 15 years in 2003.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to reduce the number of cases of MRSA in hospitals.

      Neurology Services (Hampshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in improving neurology services in (a) Portsmouth and (b) South East Hampshire in the last five years; and what plans he has...

      Regional Assemblies

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

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money his Department gave to projects that deal with respite care projects for terminally ill children in 2003.

      School Fruit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 12 January 2004, Official Report, column 585W, on the School Fruit Scheme, how much the Government spent centrally on...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress in smoking policy reviews in Government buildings.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of (a) how many and (b) what proportion of children aged between 11 and 15 years smoke.

      Statins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the impact of the new general medical services contract on the prescribing of statins in primary care for patients with...

      Universal Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence he has assessed relating to the value of universal vaccination as a means of protecting the population against disease.

      Vegetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list in respect of all vegetables their carbohydrate content; and which are regarded by his Department as having too much carbohydrate to...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Civil Service (Disabled People)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will set out the number of employees in the Department who have a disability, broken down by disability type.

    • Committee Membership

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs who the members of the (a) Advisory Committees on Justices of the Peace, (b) Advisory Committees on General Commissioners...

      Crown Court (Exeter)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans the Department has for the future of the Crown Court in Exeter; what impact he estimates this will have on the...

      Hutton Inquiry

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what selection procedure was followed for the appointment of Lord Hutton to oversee the Dr. Kelly inquiry.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures he plans to reduce the age profile of magistrates benches, with specific reference to rural areas.

      Security Passes

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) departmental...

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people employed in his Department have claimed statutory sick pay for (a) less than one week, (b) one to three...

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Policing Board

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether and when they propose to alter the membership of the Northern Ireland Policing Board; what principles they will follow for the appointment of members...

    • Euro

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether acceptance of the euro as the currency of the Republic of Ireland has had a positive or negative impact on the economy of Northern Ireland.

      Special European Union Programmes Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 12 January (WA 66) concerning the Chief Executive of the Special European Union Programmes Body, whether a...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 19 January 2004 (WA 119) concerning pension provision for the staff of Cross-Border Implementation Bodies,...

      International Development: Child Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to implement the recommendations of the Department for International Development report, Breaking the Cycle of Child Poverty, in...

      Northern Ireland: Prisons Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will establish a prisons and probation ombudsman for Northern Ireland.

      Criminal Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many new criminal offences have been created since 1997.

      War Crimes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will initiate investigations into allegations against Captain Ladislav Niznansky, who was recently arrested in Munich on charges relating to crimes...

      Major Ian Hill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by the Lord Bach on 22 January (HL Deb, col.1138) that " . . . war widow's pensions are paid when death is deemed to be due to service, and...

      Listed Buildings: Alterations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether laws forbidding or restricting alterations to the interior of listed buildings which are private homes to which the public do not have, and are never...

      Output Per Worker

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the rise in output per worker in the United Kingdom annually since 1960; and what has been the annual rate of output per worker since 1997 and for...

      Gender: Wrong Attribution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What facilities in law exist to reclassify a person's gender where the true genetic gender was wrongly attributed at birth.

      Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the remarks attributed to the chair of Sport England in the Daily Telegraph on 22 January, what concerns they have about the quality of sports...

      UK Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 5 January (WA 20), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the review of...

      Disability Discrimination Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the draft Disability Discrimination Bill will incorporate the recommendations of the Dyslexia Association on the correct fonts, spacing and colour of paper...

      Cambridge–St Ives–Huntingdon Guided Bus Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the recently announced award of £65 million for the proposed Cambridge–St Ives–Huntingdon guided bus scheme, what is the total...

      Railways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether European legislation requires separation of ownership of rail track and related fixed installations from ownership and operation of rolling stock used for...

      Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many appeals were made to the Civil Service Appeal Body by staff (including industrial staff) of the Ministry of Defence in each of the years 1994–2002...

      Public Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total annual cost of public bodies.

      Public Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which government departments impose an age disqualification on appointment or reappointment to their public bodies.

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