Written answers

Friday, 6 February 2004

  • Prime Minister

    • BBC

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will list the occasions in the last 12 months when (a) he and (b) his staff have made (i) written and (ii) oral representations to the BBC about news and...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Adzido Pan-African Dance Ensemble

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the Arts Council funding for the Adzido Pan-African Dance Ensemble was in each of the last three years; how many staff are employed...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what improvements in health care have taken place in Afghanistan since the end of the war.

    • Overseas Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the devolved offices the Department has overseas which are able to take decisions on local spending policy.

  • Treasury

    • Inland Revenue (IT Service)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 30 January 2004, Official Report, column 570W, and in connection with the 28th Report of the Committee of Public Accounts, Session...

    • National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy not to collect national insurance contributions from individuals who will reach state pension age during the course of a...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the size of the surplus on the national insurance fund has been in each of the last 20 years; and how much of this surplus was borrowed by the...

      Ivory

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many seizures by Her Majesty's Customs of ivory and items containing ivory resulted in successful prosecutions in each year since 1997; and what...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Contigencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has for the training of personnel in multi-agency roles in civil contingency.

    • Civil Contigencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how he intends to ensure that there will be a common training programme for those involved in contingency planning at regional and national level.

      Civil Contigencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how he intends to ensure that those responsible for competence and continuity in regional and national contingency planning fully discharge their...

      Civil Contigencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Government Departments are involved in civil contingency co-ordination at (a) national and (b) regional level.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what percentage of staff employed within the Office are over 55 years of age; and what (a) number and (b) percentage of staff recruited over the last...

  • Education and Skills

    • Children's Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact of the reduction in Children's Fund money for projects on jobs and services for young people.

    • Infanticide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) on what basis he deemed it appropriate to state ahead of (a) the Appeal Court judgment in the case of R v. Angela Cannings and (b) the...

      School Deficits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the schools in West Derbyshire which ran a budget deficit in the year ending 31 March 2003; and how much this deficit was...

      School Drugs Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many school drugs advisers are in post in each local education authority; and what estimate he has made of how many will be in...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with (a) other departments and (b) local education authorities to promote the consumption of milk in English schools.

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average time spent by pupils per week on (a) physical education and (b) after-school sport was in each year since 1997; and if he...

      Schools Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent (a) per primary school pupil and (b) per secondary school pupil in (i) 1992, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 2001; and what plans...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Business Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many business link operators did not satisfy the independent audit of their finances and management information systems in each year since...

    • Business Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Business Link operators did not achieve the performance levels required for their key performance indicators in each quarter since...

      Coal Health Handling Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she is taking to encourage co-defendants to sign up to the Coal Health Handling Agreement; and if she will make a statement.

      Company Insolvencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many company insolvencies there have been since 1997, broken down by region and industry.

      Electricity Blackouts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with her Irish counterpart about the potential for electricity blackouts with reference to the problems...

      Nuclear Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures have been taken to publicise the joint Public Consultation on Modernising the Policy for Decommissioning the UK's Nuclear...

      Nuclear Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Office of Civil Nuclear Security has been asked by (a) the United States and (b) French nuclear or transport authorities to assist...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will provide a substantive reply to the written question tabled on 15 January from the hon. Member for Perth, reference 147999.

      Pneumoconiosis Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many applications for pneumoconiosis benefit have been received under the Workmen's Compensation Act 1979 in each year since the passage...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she will take to ensure that local communities in Huddersfield are adequately served by post offices.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) rural post offices and (b) urban post offices have closed in Wales in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) constituency and...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the post offices which have been closed since 1997 in the North Essex constituency; and when each closed.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the reasons for the closure of the sub-post office in Southill in South Dorset, with particular reference to...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what public consultation was held with the local community about the proposed closure of Stanhope Street Post Office in Abergavenny; and what...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the responsibility of the Government under UK and EU law to provide an adequate postal service to the community.

      Small Business Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what level of funding her Department has given to Small Business Europe in each year since its inception; and what level of funding she plans...

      Smart Award

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps have been taken to ensure that support is provided by the wider business support infrastructure to assist Smart award-winners to...

      Solar Energy (Residential Dwellings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in encouraging the use of solar panels on residential dwellings.

      Stop Now Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the Stop Now Orders that were issued in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003; whether any of these were for traders based in the...

      US-UK Energy Dialogue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 9 December 2003, Official Report, column 454W, on the US-UK Energy Dialogue, on what dates the Commercial Working...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of whether large-scale wind farm development will affect the risk of large-scale electricity blackouts,...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many representations he has received from Devon constituents in support of plans for an elected regional assembly for the South West.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bosnia-Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of discussions between NATO and the EU regarding a European Security and Defence...

    • European Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps have been taken in relation to the European Council's decision to begin the improvement of the preparation of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 22 January 2004, Official Report, column 1415W, on Iraq, what the timetable is for the International...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which companies were represented on the trade mission to Pakistan in December 2003 which was joined by the Minister for Trade,...

      Solana Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he expects to take in order to implement the recommendations of the Solana paper adopted at the European Council of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are employed by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible.

  • Defence

    • Bugaled Breizh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 28 January 2004, Official Report, column 367W, on Bugaled Breizh, if he will give the locations of the other military vessels...

    • Civilian Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps his Department has taken to identify the number of civilians killed as a consequence of UK military action in (a) Afghanistan and (b)...

      Defence Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the budget for the Defence Fire Service was in 2003; what the anticipated outturn is; how much is budgeted for 2004; and what additional costs have...

      Defence Munitions Depot (Dean Hill)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Defence Munitions Depot at Dean Hill is still in use; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received from non-governmental organisations of their estimates of Iraqi (a) civilians and (b) military casualties (i) during and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will allow (a) hon. Members and (b) others wishing to investigate human rights violations in Iraq full access to British military personnel...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether complaints have been received from Iraqi lawyers acting on behalf of the families of the alleged victims of actions by British forces in Iraq...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents of alleged or possible civilian fatalities involving British forces in Iraq since the end of the conflict have been recorded by the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Challenger 2 tanks went into action in Operation Telic without their operational nuclear, biological and chemical filters having been...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the crews of Challenger 2 tanks which went into action in Operation Telic without their operational nuclear, biological and chemical filters...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures were in place during Operation Telic to alert the crews of Challenger 2 tanks to nuclear, biological and chemical attack.

      Operational Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who is entitled to make a request for an urgent operational requirement; what procedures are followed when a request has been submitted; how long it...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will reply to the Questions tabled by the hon. Member for Norwich North on 8 December 2003, refs 143594–6.

      Sea King

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2004, Official Report, column 505W, to the hon. Member for North Cornwall (Mr. Tyler), on Sea King helicopters, if...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what instructions she has issued to (a) local authority environmental health departments, (b) the State Veterinary...

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the sensitivity of the test used on translocated badgers is in (a) positive response and (b) negative response.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many herds were placed under TB restriction in December 2002; and how many of those same herds were still under...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many herds require 60-day testing for tuberculosis; and what the estimated annual cost is for this testing programme in...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to her answer of 8 December 2003, Official Report, column 215W, what epidemiological inferences can be drawn...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of M. bovis was isolated from (a) carcases and (b) faeces from wildlife species tested in studies carried out...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2003, Official Report, columns 21–18W, under what circumstances genetic structures...

      Chicken Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will commission research into broiler chicken welfare.

      Chicken Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the report from the EU Scientific Committee for Animal Health and Animal Welfare on chicken...

      Fallen Stock Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the proposed timetable for the introduction of the fallen stock scheme to the pig and poultry...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the effect of (a) a plentiful food supply and (b) the absence of a relative abundance of...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if her Department will carry out simulation modelling of cod stocks, in respect of ICES areas IVa and IVb, which show the...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the optimal stock level of cod in a fishery, relative to the carrying capacity of the...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will propose to the Fisheries Council a package of measures based on selective fishing techniques aimed at reducing...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the effect on the yield of a cod fishery is of high level recruitment of juveniles; and what effect regulating juvenile...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the closure of a cod fishery on the distribution of fish within the age classes...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what input she has to the research priorities of the Fishing Technology and Fish Behaviour Working Group.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will press for regulations to structure quota allocations to individual vessels to ensure that species allocated are...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether stocks of fish are naturally variable.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many United Kingdom scientists are (a) attached to and (b) members of the International Council for the Exploration of...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what mechanisms there are for the accurate measurement of discards from commercial fishing fleets in UK waters; and...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is possible, under current regulations and using permitted mesh sizes, to catch fish of a length below minimum...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to increase industry participation in the collection of data used for assessments of the levels of...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made in the introduction of compulsory sorting grids in bottom trawls used for industrial fisheries to...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the last full meeting of the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas Fishing Technology and Fish Behaviour...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the basis is for measurement of by-catch.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her definition of grey fish is.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated carrying capacity, represented by biomass tonnage, is of cod in the (a) North Sea and (b) International...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimates are of cod biomass in (a) the North Sea and (b) International Council for the Exploration of the Seas...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the effect of high mortality in large cod is on the (a) survival and (b) growth rates of juvenile cod.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the main cause is of mortality in juvenile cod in the North Sea.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the use of separator trawls as a means of reducing by-catches on non-target...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the implications for the sustainability of a fishery of concentrating on the catching of...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the effect is of catching (a) mature cod and (b) other species on the survival of juvenile and immature stocks, with...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under what circumstances the North sea sand eel quota would be reduced to below the level of the historic landing tonnage.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the characteristics of the gear used by the Scottish white fish fleet are in terms of its selectivity in catching cod...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many companies in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley are awaiting payment for work carried out during the recent outbreak of...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many education authorities in England take advantage of the EU subsidy to provide school milk.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on the School Milk Scheme in 2003.

      Swill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has commissioned on the link between foot and mouth disease and processed swill feed.

  • Home Department

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the compatibility of his proposal that the standard of proof in the trial of suspected terrorists should be...

    • National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what mechanisms are in place for informing the general public about changes to the national alert state; (2) what the national state...

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are being taken to protect major business sites in London from suicide bombers.

      Official Secrets Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statutory restrictions are placed on individuals instructing legal representatives in cases brought under the Official Secrets Act.

      Official Secrets Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted under the Official Secrets Act in each year since 1997.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to his answer of 28 January 2004, Official Report, column 444W, on pesticides, what assessment he has made of the potential...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stop and search warrants were made by police under the Terrorism Act 2000 in Gloucestershire in 2003, and how many of these resulted...

      Sunset Clauses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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

    • Asthma/Leukemia (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of (a) asthma and (b) leukaemia in children aged between 5 and 15 was in each year since 2000.

    • Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average waiting time was for patients between the date of referral to an NHS audiology unit in England for a hearing assessment to an...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what figures his Department collects on the levels of funding by Government for cancer research in (a) the UK, (b) other European Union countries and (c)...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of (a) Government and (b) non-Government spending on (i) all cancer research and (ii) breast cancer research in 2003–04;...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to inform men (a) about the known risk factors for prostate cancer and (b) on whether they should ask their doctor for a prostate...

      Civil Servants

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

      Commission for Health Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of the Commission for Health Improvement (a) in the last 12 months and (b) since its inception.

      Continence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many finished consultant episodes for paediatric continence there were in each (a) NHS region and (b) strategic health authority in each of the...

      Coronary Angiograms

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

      Elderly People (Malnutrition)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many elderly people were diagnosed as suffering from malnutrition in (a) Portsmouth and South East Hampshire and (b) in England, in each of the last...

      Fluoridation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has undertaken into the possible effects on the health of the elderly of fluoridating water.

      Health Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list health statistics which are collected by ethnic minority grouping.

      Hospital Beds (Hampshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) general and (b) acute hospital beds there are in the (i) Portsmouth and (ii) South East Hampshire area; and how many were available (A)...

      Information Technology

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

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what audit mechanisms are in place to determine whether all IT hardware and software products are being properly utilised in his Department.

      Intermediate Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people he estimates have been diverted from requiring long-term care by the provision of intermediate care in the last three years.

      Lottery Revenue

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

      Medical Research (Animals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the nature of the (a) financial and (b) other support given by Government towards the recent report by MORI, "The Use of...

      Memory Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to assess the adequacy of the provision of memory clinics in England.

      Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when a decision will be made on including pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in the childhood vaccination schedule.

      Prevenar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding he has approved for the provision of the vaccine Prevenar on the national health service.

      Registered Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the cost of the registered nursing care contribution in (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04, (c) 2004–05 and (d) 2005–06.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) radio and (b) television channels he has used for sexual health campaigns since he published the sexual health strategy.

      Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the reasons for wide variations in MRSA bacteraemia statistics between hospital trusts; and whether the variations are...

      Statutory Sick Pay

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

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average length of time a patient was on the waiting list for treatment for (a) cancer, (b) heart disease, (c) hip replacement and (d) liver...

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