Written answers

Monday, 9 February 2004

  • Cabinet Office

    • Chief Information Officer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when the Chief Information Officer will be appointed; what the responsibilities of the post will be; and what its reporting relationship will be to (a)...

    • Civil Contingencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will take steps to give one co-ordinating body full responsibility for civil contingencies covering all multi-agency aspects.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what research has been carried out since 1997 into the reasons civil servants leave the Civil Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost of recruitment of civil servants was for each financial year from 1996 to the present, broken down by Department.

      Consultations

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

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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,...

      Strategy Unit Fisheries Report

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost of the Strategy Unit's report on the UK fishing industry was; how many copies of the report will be produced; how many people have worked...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Communications Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what arrangements she has put in place for (a) monitoring and (b) reducing the administrative costs of communications regulation through...

    • Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding Cunninghame, South has received from National Lottery grants in each of the past five years.

      Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total sales were for National Lottery tickets in Cunninghame, South, in each of the past five years.

      Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total sales of National Lottery tickets in (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire were in each of the past five years.

      Transmitter Mast (Worksop)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the transmitter mast in Worksop will be upgraded so the local residents can receive Freeview.

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research he has commissioned into abuses of human rights in Bangladesh, with particular reference to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) aid and (b) compensation is available for residents of Baghdad whose properties were destroyed by American rockets in the war.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of UK overseas aid in 2003–04 goes towards combating tuberculosis.

  • Scotland

    • Whisky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to his answer of 3 February 2004, Official Report, column 757W, on the whisky industry, what previous meetings he has had with representatives...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to help people make informed choices about their pensions in retirement.

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the effect on expenditure on the basic state pension in each of the next five years of ascribing to all persons below state...

      Unemployment Action Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the role of action teams in reducing unemployment.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the application of working tax credit to (a) parents with care and (b) absent parents.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the impact of the new deal for young people on the level of economic inactivity among young people.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of pensioners are entitled to means-tested benefits.

      Departmental Files (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to enhance the security of files in departmental file stores.

      Departmental Leaflets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria his Department uses when deciding whether a leaflet which it publishes is to be made available only on its website.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many permanent staff have left and not been replaced in his Department's offices in (a) Portsmouth, (b) Southampton and (c) the Isle of...

      Housing Benefit Department (Swale)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional resources he will offer to resolve the on-going problems in the housing benefit department at Swale Borough Council.

      Post Office Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress in moving manual pension payments to direct payment, with particular reference to Post Office accounts.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of pensioners entitled to the winter fuel payment in (a) Norfolk and (b) Great Britain had received the payment by (i) 1...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cod

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the effect of the extension piece on a demersal trawl on the selectivity of the cod end.

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria her Department uses when deciding whether a leaflet which it publishes is to be made available only on its website.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of whether the behaviour of fish species is constant, with particular reference to escape...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where the primary (a) sandeel, (b) cod and (c) haddock fisheries in the North Sea are.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the significance is of the catch per unit effort index; and what part it plays in estimating fish stocks.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what techniques are available to fishermen to (a) minimise the catch of juvenile fish and (b) maximise the size of fish...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of (a) visual and (b) aural devices attached to trawls to improve the...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessments her Department has made of the effectiveness of turned-mesh netting in (a) improving the escape rate of...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the effect of (a) square knotless netting and (b) knotted diamond-mesh netting used for...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what facilities exist in the United Kingdom for flume-tank testing of trawl designs to improve the selectivity of fishing;...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evaluation her Department has made of the suitability of Baltic panels of (a) Danish and (b) Swedish design in North Sea...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what she estimates the (a) minimum and (b) expected cod by-catch would be from vessels operating in mixed cod and haddock...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what effect oil and gas (a) rigs and (b) pipelines in the North Sea have on the distribution of (i) cod and (ii) other...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has commissioned studies to determine the significance of differences in catch ability between (a)...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on the (a) development and (b) testing of the Eurogrid project; what findings have been released;...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from (a) fishermen and (b) their representatives on the accuracy of scientific...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether cod migration occurs from the North Sea to the Atlantic fisheries; and whether migration is increased by...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the factors that determine whether a fish species will predate on its own spawn;...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence her Department has collated on migration of cod stocks (a) to and (b) from the North Sea, and (i) to and (ii)...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers Fisheries Regional Advisory Committees will have (a) to decide on the regional total allowable catches for their...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the risk to porpoises in UK waters from fixed seabed fishing nets; and if she will make a...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the European Commission and (b) her European Union counterparts on the protection of...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many salt water fisheries survey vessels, operating in home waters, carry out work for or on behalf of her Department.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on fisheries survey vessels carrying out work for or on behalf of her Department in each of the last five...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the implications are of fish categorised as grey fish being landed for the (a) accuracy of catch landing data and (b)...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the amount by which it would be safe to increase haddock quotas in (a) tonnage and (b)...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the impact of coastal erosion on the safety of coastally-sited nuclear power stations;...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the progress her Department has made in implementing the Rural White Paper.

      Scottish White Fish Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what measures may be taken, in terms of gear design, to enhance selectivity when fishing in a mixed white fish fishery...

      Sudden Oak Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to ensure that plant and timber imports are free from sudden oak death.

      Sudden Oak Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) businesses, (b) landowners and (c) others have had all or some of their plant or tree stocks destroyed as a...

      Sudden Oak Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many claims, and of what total value, her Department has received for compensation for outbreaks of sudden oak...

      Sudden Oak Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) staff and (b) resources of (i) the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate and (ii) other departmental bodies are...

      Sudden Oak Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent measures her Department has taken to ensure that plants and seeds infected with sudden oak death are not imported...

      Whale and Dolphin Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has received a copy of the joint report by Greenpeace and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, entitled...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Cote d'Ivoire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to assist the peace process in Côte d'Ivoire; and if he will make a statement.

    • Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made in the last 12 months of human rights in Ethiopia.

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 27 January 2004, Official Report, column 148, if the Government will introduce a seven-year transition...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the number of (a) injuries and (b) deaths which occurred among the population of Shahr-e Babak...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Sir Jeremy Greenstock will attend the planned meeting between the Iraqi Government Council and United Nations...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to support the highest possible level of Kurdish independence and self-determination within a...

      Publicity Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) advertising and publicity and (b) information campaigns in 2001–02.

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to encourage the EU to recognise the Republic of Somaliland.

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to encourage the United Nations to assist in settling the disagreement between the state of...

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to provide assistance for parliamentary elections in the Republic of Somaliland.

      Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the (a) Chinese Foreign Minister and (b) Chinese ambassador to the Court of St. James's in...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Acquired Brain Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans the Government have to provide central funding for community-based training and rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury...

    • Acquired Brain Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which Government Department is responsible for the provision of community-based training and rehabilitation of those with acquired brain injury...

      Draft European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Minister for Europe on the Draft Constitution for the European Union and its impact on Northern Ireland.

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what projects (a) have been completed, (b) are under way and (c) are planned to deal with flooding in North Belfast; and what the costs are of...

      Kinnego Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will place in the Library a map of the land in the vicinity of Kinnego Park in Derry that is in the possession of the Road Service.

      Learning Difficulties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what input the working group chaired by the Department of Education to consider future provision for young people with moderate learning...

      Management Consultants

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

      North-South Implementation Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the current staffing figures for each of the North-South implementation bodies.

      Paramilitary Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many paramilitary shootings there were in 2003, broken down by paramilitary group.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) police officers and (b) full-time reservists are attached to each district command unit; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been charged with an offence arising out of disturbances in North Belfast on 12 July 2003.

      Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will attend the Anti-Racist Network rally in Belfast City Hall on 27 January; and whether his Department is providing financial assistance...

      Sinn Fein

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the recent comments by the Justice Minister of the Republic of Ireland that Sinn Fein benefits from criminal activity.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the tolerance levels permitted by the Police Service of Northern Ireland are for motorists exceeding the speed limit and who have been...

      St. Cecilia's College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what assessment has been made of the (a) size and (b) physical condition of the buildings at St. Cecilia's College, Derry, for the...

      Surgery (Gall Stones and Kidney Stones)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have required surgery for the treatment of (a) gall stones and (b) kidney stones, in each of the past five years.

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many teacher vacancies there were in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997; and what steps he is taking to reduce such figures.

  • Treasury

    • Immigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to change his estimate of immigration in the (a) short, (b) medium and (c) long terms to take account of likely numbers of immigrants from...

    • Community Amateur Sports Clubs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many community amateur sports clubs he estimates will benefit from 80 per cent. mandatory rate relief in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley.

      Economic Inactivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were economically inactive and what the economic inactivity rate was for each quarter since Quarter 1 1997, broken down by (a) qualification...

      Economic Inactivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) benefits and (b) tax credits are available to people who are economically inactive.

      Economic Inactivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of (a) benefits and (b) tax credits paid to people who were economically inactive in each year since 1997.

      Economic Inactivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of (a) educational attainment, (b) skills gaps and (c) language barriers as causes of economic inactivity.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a summary of responses received to the consultation paper Economic instruments to improve household energy efficiency: consultation...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect upon forecast euro area gross domestic product growth of the strength of the euro on the euro area trade route;...

      Family Expenditure Survey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the definition of income in the family expenditure survey includes capital gains.

      International Finance Facility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contribution the UK will make to the International Finance Facility to 2015; and what proportion of projected GDP this represents.

      MOD Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list those categories of expenditure within which the Ministry of Defence may normally incur commitments within existing budgetary limits without...

      National Savings Bank Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions took place between the Treasury, the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters and non-governmental organisations representing the elderly...

      National Savings Bank Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what provision will be made to enable National Savings Bank Blue Ordinary Account holders without bank accounts to transfer funds to a National...

      National Savings Bank Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what facilities will be made available to give persons holding National Savings Bank blue ordinary accounts who do not have a bank account access to their...

      Penrose Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reasons are for the delay in the publication of the Penrose Report on Equitable Life.

      Provision for Defence Capability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the net cash requirement for Request for Resources 1: Provision for Defence Capability is for financial years 2001–02 to 2002–03; and what...

      R and D Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the small businesses that have applied for the research and development tax credit have had their applications accepted in each year since 2000.

      Spirit Duty (Evasion)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful prosecutions there were for evading duty on spirits in 2001–02.

      Theatre Tax Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate total tax receipts accruing to the Exchequer from the theatre sector through (a) the taxation of theatre companies' profits and (b) VAT...

      Tripartite Committee on Financial Stability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to whom the minutes of the Tripartite Committee on Financial Stability are distributed; and when and under what circumstances they can be made available to...

      Tripartite Committee on Financial Stability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the agenda items covered by the monthly meetings of the Tripartite Committee on Financial Stability in the last six months.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when he will reply to the letter to him dated 15 December 2003 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what type of secure communications systems are available to British troops in Afghanistan; (2) what (a) type and (b) quantity of secure...

    • Aircraft Carrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on current projections of cost and capability for the new aircraft carrier programme.

      Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts for the production of ammunition have been awarded to foreign companies in circumstances where a British company has bid for the...

      Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which foreign contractors after winning an ammunition contract have refused to supply the goods in the last five years; and what the reasons given for...

      Armed Forces Accommodation (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the standard of armed forces accommodation in Wales.

      Arms Purchases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Government have used a contractor to purchase weapons from abroad for supply to another foreign user; and if he will make a statement.

      Artillery Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress on deciding which weapons would best meet the Army's future Lightweight Mobile Artillery Weapons System Gun...

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date his Department was informed of the purchase in early 2003 by BAE Systems UK from Israel Military Industries of 26,000 155 mm L20 cluster...

      Colchester Garrison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many companies are in negotiations with the Ministry of Defence over the Colchester Garrison Private Finance Initiative agreement; (2) how...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total expenditure on the maintenance of land owned by his Department within the UK was in 2002–03.

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Answer of 8 December 2003, Official Report, column 274W, on departmental land, what the cost of maintaining land owned by his Department...

      Disposal Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what provision the Department has made for exceptional legal costs associated with litigation with disposal contractors; (2) how many sets of...

      Fighter Jets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether Harrier GR7/9 aircraft will be able to operate from CVF prior to the entry into the service of the joint strike fighter; (2) when he...

      Foreign Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 2 February 2004, Official Report, column 746W, on foreign ships, what plans he has to change the process by which his...

      Future Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest estimate is of the maximum number of aircraft which will be capable of deployment on each future aircraft carrier.

      HMS Bridport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what repair work needed to be done to HMS Bridport in the 12 months before she was withdrawn from service; (2) what his assessment is of the cost...

      Hutton Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who in his Department saw the embargoed version of Lord Hutton's report.

      Information Technology

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

      Iodine Tablets (Nuclear Submarine Berths)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the reason was for the issuing of stable iodine tablets to members of the public living near the nuclear submarine berths at Loch Ewe and in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Arabic speakers are employed by British forces in Iraq; in what situations they are employed; and from where they have been recruited.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Iraqi arms dumps have been discovered in Iraq since 1 May 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from members of the Iraqi Governing Council about alleged violations of human rights by coalition forces.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to receive the result of the investigation into the killing of six Iraqis last weekend; who is carrying out the investigation; and if he...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the liaison between the Multinational Division (South East) and community and religious leaders in Basrah.

      Military Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what riot control equipment is provided to British forces in the Gulf; in what circumstances this equipment is deployed; and whether it is available to...

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Ministry of Defence Police is expected to make efficiency savings.

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Ministry of Defence Police stations have been closed in the past two years; and what representations he has received from police forces about the...

      Naval Ships (Sales Abroad)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Disposal Services Agency has given the Indian Government a quote for the sale of (a) HMS Invincible and (b) Sea Harrier FA2s.

      Naval Ships (Sales Abroad)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Disposals Services Agency has given the Chilean Government a quote for the sale of (a) Type 23 frigates and (b) Type 42 destroyers.

      Operation Telic (Helicopter Crashes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Board of Inquiry into the crash of two Sea King helicopters during Operation Telic will present its findings to his Department; and if he will...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what monitoring system is in place to ensure consistency in the way that procurement competitions are held in each area of his Department.

      RAF Machrihanish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the suitability of RAF Machrihanish for storing radioactive waste.

      Regimental Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current strength of each regimental band in the armed forces is; and if he will make a statement.

      South African Defence Minister (Visit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) ministers and (b) officials from his Department met the former South African Defence Minister, Mr. Joe Modise, when he visited the UK during...

      Spearfish Torpedo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress in replacing the Spearfish heavyweight torpedo.

      Welsh Regiments and Battalions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) regiments based in Wales were deployed in Iraq and (b) soldiers from Welsh battalions are stationed in Iraq.

  • Education and Skills

    • Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what health care is provided to children in children's centres.

    • Access Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what amount of Access Premium has been allocated to each higher education institution.

      Access to Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether he enforces the statutory guidance document on access to education for children and young people with medical needs of...

      Children's Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what grants have been made from the Children's Fund since it was set up.

      Children's Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will provide the latest available figures for the number of places for children in privately-run children's homes in each county in...

      Children's Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much earmarked funding has been provided to local authorities for children's services in each of the last three years for which figures...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will reply to the letter to Mr. Simon Rhodes, dated 15 July 2003, which was sent by special delivery on 17 July and signed for by...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he takes to ensure that documents received by Royal Mail special delivery are (a) recorded as such and (b) tracked within his...

      Deaths in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have died in care since 1992; and what proportion of these deaths have been of people from ethnic minorities.

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what arrangements will be made for the repayment of fees by graduates who choose to leave the country and work overseas.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what amount has been set aside for centres for excellence in learning and teaching.

      Failing Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were classified as failing in each year since 1996–97.

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding the Learning and Skills Council will provide to higher education institutions for foundation degrees.

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students he plans to be studying foundation degree courses by 2010.

      Further Education/Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of young people between the ages of 16 and 21 years are studying at further education colleges, excluding A-Level and GCSE...

      Further Education/Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the range of further education qualifications.

      Further Education/Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what definition he uses of the terms (a) further education and (b) higher education.

      Further Education/Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on Sure Start badged higher education and further education courses.

      Further Education/Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the successor arrangements to academic review for directly funded higher education provision in further...

      Further Education/Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the process is for accessing funds in the Higher Education Innovation Fund.

      Knowledge Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the linkages between the research status of a higher education institution and its ability to attract high...

      Knowledge Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to a higher education institution of applying for funding to establish a knowledge exchange.

      Knowledge Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on knowledge exchanges; and how much money has been set aside to pay for them.

      Personal Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what sanctions have been imposed by the Connexions Service against personal advisers describing themselves as careers advisers; and if he...

      Research Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total allocation of research grant to each higher education institution in England and Wales was in each of the past six years.

      School Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which education authority is regarded by his Department as having the greatest need for renewal of school buildings.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the demographic changes to the number of students liable to pay top-up fees over each of the 10 years from...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the governance structure is of the Student Loans Company; and whether it is an incorporated body.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much grant he has provided to higher education institutions for foundation degree students in this financial year.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what powers he plans to take to restrict the level of fee charged for a foundation degree; (2) what his policy is on the charging of...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what financial support he plans to make available from his Department to mature students in higher education institutions.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total estimated cost is of educational maintenance allowances in each of the next three years.

  • Prime Minister

    • Antarctic

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with (a) the President of the United States and (b) others regarding the protection of the Antarctic from physical exploitation; and...

    • BBC

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of his letter dated 19 March 2003 to Mr. Greg Dyke in his capacity as Director General of the BBC; (2) if he will list the...

      Business Social andEnvironmental Impact Reports

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will restate his challenge of October 2000 that all the FTSE 350 companies should publish annual environmental reports by the end of 2005.

      Butler Committee

      To ask the Prime Minister what selection procedures were used to appoint the chair to the committee investigating intelligence sources in the events before the invasion of Iraq; and what...

      Butler Committee

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he intends Lord Butler's Committee to report on differences between (a) the intelligence gathered, evaluated and used by the Government before the conflict and...

      Departmental Minutes

      To ask the Prime Minister what action he is taking to ensure that civil servants take full and adequate minutes of meetings involving himself.

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will implement recommendation 8.1 of the Independent Review of Government Communications, on the use by Ministers of the right of veto with regard to the Freedom...

      Greyhounds (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Prime Minister which Minister is responsible for the welfare of racing greyhounds in Northern Ireland; and what proposals there are to include the welfare of greyhounds in forthcoming...

      Honours System

      To ask the Prime Minister what steps he is taking to improve transparency surrounding the honours system.

      Hutton Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister what efforts have been made to identify the three additional sources of information within the wider intelligence community mentioned by Mr. Andrew Gilligan in his...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library the complete report of the Iraq Survey Group.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reason, following intelligence assessments by the Joint Intelligence Committee in October and December 2002 and in March 2003, the Government did not support...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what efforts have been made by the Government to interview (a) Scott Ritter, (b) Hans Von Sponeck, (c) Denis Halliday and (d) Tun Myat in relation to Iraqi military...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what arrangements he has put in place to monitor evidence presented to the United States Administration's inquiry into the intelligence on Iraq's military programme.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister which hon. and right hon. Members were (a) asked by him to comment on a draft version of the September dossier, (b) given a briefing by Sir John Scarlett in advance of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister whether a complete list of those who were asked to comment on draft versions of the 24 September dossier on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction was provided to members of...

      Lisbon Agenda

      To ask the Prime Minister what actions he has taken to take forward the Lisbon Agenda.

      Minister of State (Transport)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will dismiss the Minister of State at the Department for Transport.

      Ministerial Gifts

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the gifts received by Ministers between January 1998 and June 2001 in accordance with the recommendation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister when he next plans to make an official visit to (a) Denmark and (b) Sweden.

      Public Holidays

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make 21 October 2005 a National Public Holiday.

      Remembrance Wreaths

      To ask the Prime Minister which departmental budget pays for the wreath which he lays at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.

      United States

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last spoke with the United States (a) President and (b) Secretary of State.

      Water Pricing

      To ask the Prime Minister what (a) discussions and (b) correspondence he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regarding the periodic review of water...

  • Health

    • Alzheimer's

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if, following the Ombudsman's ruling in the case against Cambridgeshire Health Authority on the funding of Alzheimers sufferers, he will give guidance...

    • Angiography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of waiting times for angiography were in each of the last six years.

      Anti-depressants and Ritalin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS of prescribing (a) anti-depressant drugs and (b) Ritalin was for each year since 1985–86; what his estimate is of the cost...

      Barking, Havering andRedbridge Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the board members of Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust in each of the last four years.

      Barking, Havering andRedbridge Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints have been made to Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust in each of the last four years; and how many have been upheld.

      Care Direct Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons his Department did not roll out the Care Direct scheme.

      Children's Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many different types of children's specialist nurse there are.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter of the hon. Member for Northavon of 8 September 2003 (his reference PQ 1035979), on behalf of Mrs. Ruth Davis.

      Delayed Hospital Discharge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of setting up operational, financial and computer systems to manage the fining system for bed blocking; (2)...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of dental academics teaching dental students in each year since 1990; and if he will make a statement.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the problem of clinical dental technicians illegally performing dental procedures in the UK; and if he will make a...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there were per head of population in (a) Brent East, (b) Brent Primary Care trust area, (c) London and (d) England on the...

      Height and Weight Monitoring (Young Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy for the (a) height and (b) weight of (i) pre-school, (ii) infant school and (iii) junior school children to be monitored on...

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the effect of obesity on life expectancy; and what research his Department has commissioned into projected levels of life expectancy...

      Mindnseek Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hits have been recorded for the website mindnseek.net since it was established; and what evaluation of the project has been undertaken.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) budget, (b) turnover and (c) outturn was for the NHS Bank in each of the last three years.

      NHS Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he has taken to ensure that primary care trusts serving areas where targets for additional housing have been set under the Office of the...

      NHS Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards the target of reducing the value of NHS building backlog maintenance by 25 per cent. by 2004.

      NHS Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria the Health Ombudsman uses in deciding whether to investigate a complaint against a health authority; and what assessment the Ombudsman makes...

      NHS Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he issues to health authorities on the timescale for dealing with complaints.

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what rules govern recruitment by the Department of people appointed to run trust franchises before their contract has expired.

      NHS Waste Site Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on thefts of (a) controlled drugs and (b) time-expired pharmaceuticals from sites disposing of NHS waste.

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland about the extension of National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines...

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will establish a dedicated investigation into the implementation by NHS trusts of National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidance.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses working in the NHS have been recruited from developing countries under (a) memoranda of understanding and (b) bilateral agreements with...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses working within the NHS have come to the United Kingdom from developing countries in each of the last five years, broken down by country of...

      Orlistat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescription items of Orlistat were dispensed in the community in England in 2003; and how many children received the drug.

      Permanent Vegetative State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many requests for withdrawal of food and fluid to patients in permanent vegetative state have been (a) made and (b) refused in each of the last 10...

      Prescription Charges (Exemption)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used to determine which diseases warrant prescription charge exemption.

      Renal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will launch the modernisation programmes he announced to support the implementation and delivery of the first part of the Renal Services National...

      Saxon Square Health Centre (Christchurch)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on which date the health centre at Saxon Square, Christchurch was vacated by the NHS; what steps have been taken by the NHS to dispose of the building;...

      Stroke Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS trusts have developed integrated care pathways for stroke patients; (2) how many stroke units have speech therapists working in that...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list (a) arms export licences granted and (b) products exported under such licences to (i) Jamaica, (ii) Morocco, (iii) Nepal,...

    • British Gas Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 22 January 2004, Official Report, column 1452, what the (a) name and (b) date of publication of the British Gas...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) funding arrangements for and (b) objectives of broadband regional aggregation boards will be.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether broadband regional aggregation boards are permitted to apply a levy on existing services included in their activities.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action the Government are taking to promote the take up of next-generation broadband networks.

      Business Start-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impediments to the formation of spin-off firms from larger firms and universities; and what steps are...

      Call Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of call centres from other EU countries which have been relocated abroad since 2000.

      Computer Viruses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated cost to United Kingdom businesses was of computer viruses in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total budget of her Department was in each year since 1992, broken down by department.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many officials in her Department had responsibility for (a) science, (b) innovation, (c) enterprise and (d) competition for each year...

      Business Relocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the number of jobs which may be lost in the United Kingdom over the next five years as the result of the...

      Business Relocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with representatives of FTSE-100 companies about decisions to relocate part of their businesses to other...

      Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect of ghost capacity in the importation of gas and electricity. [R]

      EU Quick Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action the UK is taking to comply with EU Quick Start programme objectives in broadband networks.

      Gas/Electricity Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how electricity prices have changed for (a) industrial and commercial users and (b) domestic users since the introduction of the New...

      Industrial Injury Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action is being taken against claim handling companies acting as intermediaries between solicitors and miners with chronic obstructive...

      Industrial Participation Agreements(South Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) on what date the official seconded by the British Joint Steering Committee on the Industrial Participation Agreements in South Africa...

      Industrial Participation Agreements(South Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will place a copy of the reports made by the official seconded by the British Joint Steering Committee on the Industrial...

      Industrial Participation Agreements(South Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what dates the Joint Steering Committee on the Industrial Participation Agreements in South Africa has met since January 2000.

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what specific initiatives her Department is sponsoring to promote effective use of information and communication technology.

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what initiatives her Department is sponsoring to encourage internet connections among micro and small businesses.

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her budget in 2003–04 is for the promotion of internet use among micro and small businesses.

      Mobile Phones (Data Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from mobile phone users on the privacy of the data on them stored by network operators.

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what powers she has to delay the proposed closure of a post office.

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recourse is available to users where the Post Office has acted improperly in a proposed closure.

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Post Office closures there have been in each Northern Ireland constituency in each year since 1997.

      Post Offices (Stores)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which (a) convenience store companies and (b) supermarket chains have post office branches located in their stores; how many branches each...

      Printer Cartridge Remanufacturing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures the Government have put in place to ensure the future of the printer cartridge remanufacturing industry.

      Printer Cartridge Remanufacturing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which Ministers in her Department have met (a) Lexmark and (b) Hewlett Packard to discuss the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment...

      Private Non-financial Corporations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the percentage net rate of return of private non-financial corporations was for (a) manufacturing and (b) services for each year between...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the total expenditure limit for (a) BTI, (b) the Office of Fair Trading, (c) OFTEL, (d) OFGEM, (e) Postcomm and (f) the...

      Radioactive Waste Consultation Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reason no hard copy of the consultation paper on proposals for intermediate level radioactive waste substitution had reached either...

      Radioactive Waste Consultation Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list those persons and organisations who have been sent copies of the consultation paper on intermediate level radioactive waste...

      Radioactive Waste Consultation Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she had been informed of the financial arrangements between BNFL and NAC International when she commissioned from the latter the...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 28 January 2004, Official Report, column 375W, on Regional Development Agencies, how many jobs were created in each...

      Research Funding Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to address the funding gap between public sector support for research and private sector investment in development.

      Science and Society Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 15 December 2003, Official Report, column 646W, on the Science and Society Directorate, if she will make a statement...

      Skills Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment she has made of skills shortages in the United Kingdom.

      Sunset Clauses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her policy on the use of sunset clauses in legislation; and which Acts containing such clauses relevant to her...

      Trade and Investment White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to publish a White Paper on trade and investment in 2004.

      UK Company Profitability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the profitability of UK companies has been, broken down by sector, in each quarter since 1997.

      UK Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the productivity of UK companies has been, broken down by sector, in each quarter since 1997.

      UK Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the productivity of UK companies with a turnover of (a) less than £1 million, (b) £1 to £20 million, (c) £20 to...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Abandoned Cars

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of abandoned cars were set alight in the UK in each of the four years before 2001–02 for which figures are available.

    • Area-based Initiatives

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what progress he has made in (a) reducing the number of area-based initiatives, (b) reducing the need for repetitive strategies of area-based initiatives,...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set a 2 per cent. cap on council tax increases for pensioners; and what he estimates the cost to his Department of subsidising a 2 per cent. cap would be.

      Council Tax Bands

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to consult interested parties on the possibility of increasing the number of council tax bands for dwellings valued up to £40,000.

      Council Tax Bands

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the width of council tax bands on residents of mobile homes.

      Decent Homes Standard

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of (a) council owned housing and (b) housing association properties in each London borough meet the Decent Homes Standard; and what estimate he...

      Drug Treatment Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning applications to local authorities for drug treatment services were (a) made and (b) approved in the last year for which figures are available.

      HMOs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on how many occasions since 1 May 1997 (a) Ministers and (b) officials from (i) his Department and (ii) its predecessors have met (A) representatives of...

      HMOs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place copies of the responses to Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation in England, a consultation paper, in the Library.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will provide further funding for debt-free local authorities which did not receive transitional Local Authority Social Housing Grant funding.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions took place with representatives of housing associations in the London Borough of Wandsworth on the decision by the Housing Corporation to reduce...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many housing associations within the Greater London area will cease to receive development funding from the Housing Corporation in 2004.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many properties have been provided in (a) the Greater London area and (b) the London Borough of Wandsworth in each of the last five years by the Housing...

      Local Authority Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what relationship his Department has found between the change in central government grants that local authorities have received in 2003–04 and the changes...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to amend safety limits on mobile phone masts to take account of recent UK and European research.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will give local authorities powers to determine the suitability of sites for mobile telephone transmitters.

      Planning Permission (Windows)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to require planning permission for reinstatement of windows which overlook other premises.

      Public Sector Leasehold

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the development of a code of good practice for public sector residential leasehold management.

      Public Sector Leasehold

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will consult on the accounting requirement provisions contained in the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.

      Public Sector Leasehold

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how often the Public Sector Leasehold Working Party has met; when it last met; and when he expects it to meet again.

      Public Sector Leasehold

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the terms of reference of the Public Sector Leasehold Working Party are; to whom it reports; and if he will make a statement.

      Retail Premises (Mezzanine Floors)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to require a full planning application for the approval of mezzanine retail floor space within existing retail premises; and if he will make a...

      Thames Gateway (Housing)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the transport infrastructure projects which are required in order to facilitate the provision of 120,000 additional homes in the...

      Thames Gateway (Housing)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of the 120,000 new homes envisaged for the Thames Gateway he estimates will not be deliverable without a major enhancement of flood defences; to...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes he is making to planning guidance with regard to applications to build wind farms; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • Air Traffic Control (Heathrow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to conduct research into air traffic control delays at Heathrow airport.

    • Airline Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what action the Civil Aviation Authority intends to take about official under-reporting of oil fume exposures by aircrews; (2) what steps his...

      Airline Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps (a) his Department and (b) the Civil Aviation Authority have taken to ensure that (i) aircrews and (ii) passengers are fully aware of the...

      Airline Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research the Civil Aviation Authority has undertaken on the chronic low dose effects of repeat inhalation by aircrews of organophosphates and...

      Crew Relief Costs Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department will revise the Crew Relief Costs scheme eligibility criteria to align them with shipping policy objectives to support the UK...

      Freight Facilities Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Government plan to extend the Freight Facilities Grant scheme to include coastal and short-sea shipping.

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to promote the exclusion from congestion charging schemes of liquefied petroleum gas powered road vehicles.

      Number Plate Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers were victims of number plate fraud, and as a result had to re-register their vehicle, in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.

      Number Plate Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress the Government are making in combating vehicle number plate fraud.

      Pensioner Transport Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many pensioners benefit from free travel on public transport; (2) how many pensioners are not entitled to free travel on public transport.

      Pensioner Transport Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to stop the system of public transport concessions for pensioners being based on postcode.

      Pensioner Transport Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate the cost of providing free off-peak travel for pensioners.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the average number of miles to major overhaul was for each category of train rolling stock in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002; (2) what steps he is...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about the role of independent economic regulation in the rail industry.

      Railways (Subsidy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total amount of Government subsidy for the railways was in 2002–03.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the number of road traffic accidents in which use of cannabis was a contributory factor.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will list the number of (a) fatalities and (b) injuries as a result of road traffic accidents on the A54 road between Shrewsbury and...

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) serious injuries and (b) fatalities caused by road accidents have occurred in (a) Southend and (b) Southend West in each of the last 20 years.

      Road Humps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he next plans to issue a traffic guidance note on road humps.

      Road Humps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the damage to vehicles from speed humps; and what compensation is available to the owners of vehicles damaged by speed humps.

      Ryanair Decision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what implications for the air services at publicly owned airports in the UK he has identified in the decision of the European Commission in the case...

      Sea Cadet Training Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many sea cadet training posts have been funded by the Government in each of the last six years.

      Seafarer Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government have spent on seafarer training in each of the last six years.

      Shipping Strategy Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to carry out an assessment of the progress made in implementing the shipping strategy paper, "British Shipping: Charting...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which safety camera partnerships moved cameras for reasons of effectiveness between 1 January and 31 December 2003.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much money was raised in fines from speed cameras in the last year for which records are available in (a) the East Midlands and (b) West...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who appointed the members of the Lancashire Safety Camera partnership; what the length is of their term of office; and to whom they are accountable.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed cameras (a) there are and (b) there have been in each of the last five years in (i) Essex and (ii) the west Chelmsford constituency.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the safety camera partnerships in Wales and the revenue that they have raised for each year since they were created.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic speed cameras there are in each of the areas covered by each of the police forces in Wales; and what the estimated revenue from...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 22 January 2004, Official Report, column 1377W, on speed cameras (Essex), whether the sum of £1,846.480 includes the...

      Speed Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria are used to determine speed restrictions in built up areas.

      Tonnage Tax Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to widen the training requirement for entry into the tonnage tax scheme to include a requirement for the employment of...

      Train Services (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the most recent figures are for (a) reliability, (b) punctuality, (c) public performance measures and (d) complaints for each train operator...

      Transatlantic Air Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress between the European Commission and the United States Administration on liberalisation of transatlantic air...

      Transport and Works Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the decision-making process for applications made under the Transport and Works Act 1992; and if he...

      Transport for the Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the effect of the availability of transport on the well-being of elderly people.

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the extent to which vehicle excise duty reflects the environmental impact of different models of vehicle.

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on the level at which vehicle excise duty is charged.

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on vehicle excise duty.

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will re-introduce the rolling 25-year rule for exempting vehicles from excise duty; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are tagged for the purpose of a curfew order.

    • 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.

      Bribery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals are being held without trial or charge in HM Prison Belmarsh; for how long each has been held; how many hours a...

      Burglary (Sentences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average sentence for (a) house burglary and (b) burglary of a premises other than a house was in each of the last six years.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to regulate the basis on which coroners decide on the re-opening of a case.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 18 August 2003 from the hon. Member for Northavon, reference M4678/3, on behalf of Mrs. Davies, regarding...

      Crime/Police Statistics (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.

      Criminal Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to tackle the problem of persistent offenders.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will extend compensation to victims who were abused or injured by someone living in their household before October 1979.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time taken to settle applications for criminal injuries compensation was in 2003.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for criminal injuries compensation were received in each of the past four years; and what the average award was for...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish all the responses to his consultation paper, "Compensation and Support for Victims of Crime".

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in each of the last 10 years, broken down by type of crime; and what...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has collated on (a) moneys paid out by and (b) funding sources of equivalents to the Criminal Injuries Compensation...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether foreigners who are victims of crime in the UK are eligible for the criminal compensation scheme.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have now been checked by the Criminal Records Bureau; and how many checks are outstanding.

      Curfew Orders (Southend)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many home curfew orders have been made in Southend in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the number of people who have been killed in each of the last 10 years at the hands of people receiving treatment for...

      Detention and Training Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances magistrates can impose a detention and training order on an offender aged 12 to 14 years who has been convicted of...

      Detention and Training Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the changes in the costs of introduction of the detention and training orders.

      Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of drug treatment and testing orders.

      Eastern European Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what research he has based his estimates of the likely levels of immigration from Eastern European countries after accession to the EU in May.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are on electronic tags, broken down by (a) sex, (b) offence, (c) length of sentence and (d) region.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his conclusions are arising from trials involving electronic tagging of juvenile sex offenders.

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) fines and (b) other financial penalties were imposed by the courts for criminal offences during 2000–01, broken down by...

      Fines

      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...

      Highdown Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he has taken to address the shortfall of officers at HM Prison Highdown in Surrey.

      Home Detention Curfew

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has collated on the use of the satellite global positioning system for monitoring those on Home Detention Curfew programmes.

      Identity Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what safeguards will be put in place to ensure people who lose or have their identity cards stolen will be able to access basic services for...

      Identity Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what lessons have been learned from countries with operational identity card schemes on combating identity card fraud; and if he will...

      Identity Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects identity cards to become compulsory following the introduction of the proposed identity card scheme.

      Identity Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of requiring electors to show a valid identity card in order to cast a vote at UK elections following the...

      Juvenile Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times unfurnished cells have been used in each of the prisons holding juveniles in each month since 1 January 2002.

      Mentally Disordered Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the mentally disordered offenders listed in the 2003 Statistics published by the Home Office on 27 November 2003 were...

      Motoring Offences (Fine Defaulters)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people serving custodial sentences for motoring offences are doing so because of defaulting on fines.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the continuing responsibilities will be of (a) the National Probation Service and (b) the National Probation Directorate within the...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the relationship will be between local probation areas, regional offender managers, national offender managers and the chief executive...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the role of offender managers at the area level will be within the structure of the National Offender Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many additional staff will be employed in the National Offender Management Service to administer the new service at (a) national and (b)...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget is for establishing the National Offender Management Service during (a) the current year and (b) each of the next three...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the role will be of offender managers at area level under the new National Offender Management Service structure.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the National Probation Service and its Directorate will continue to function under the new arrangements for the National Offender...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the relationship will be between the (a) local areas, (b) regional offender managers, (c) national offender managers and (d) the Chief...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether local probation areas will become an integral arm of the National Offender Management Service with substantial day to day operational...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who the employer will be of probation and prison staff under the National Offender Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the National Offender Management Service will set up consultation committees with magistrates within the new structure for NOMS; what...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure the burden of administration for front line staff of the National Offender Management Service does not increase.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are expected to be employed by the National Offender Management Service (a) in headquarters and (b) in the regional offices.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the arrangements for collective bargaining will be within the structure of the National Offenders Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether individual probation areas will continue to function and have day-to-day operational freedom within the structure of the National...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the lines of accountability of probation staff will differ under the structure of the National Offenders Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role probation areas will continue to have within Multi-agency public protection panels within the National Offenders Management Service...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether inter-agency public protection work within the structure of the National Offenders Management Service will be the subject of...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the 42 probation areas under the National Offenders Management Service arrangements.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether consultative committees with local magistrates will be introduced within the structure of the National Offenders Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there will be a single employer under existing National Negotiating Committee arrangements for the purposes of collective bargaining...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the National Offenders Management Service will work on a regional level closely with complementary services, including the police.

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets have been set for the transfer of prisoners from closed prisons to open prisons; and how many (a) Category A prisoners, (b)...

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to improve communication links between the Parole Board of England and Wales and external bodies; what...

      Police Statistics (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers, (b) special constables and (c) community support officers there were in Wales broken down by (i) police force,...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many seizures of alcohol were made in London prisons in the last 12 months.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to upgrade existing prison cells over the next five years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list fires started by prisoners in 2003; at which prisons the incidents took place; and what the cost was in each case.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to change the current retirement age of 65 years for serving prison officers.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison officers failed their annual control and restraint test in the past 12 months; and what their ages were.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he intends to fund the prison service in the next (a) five and (b) 10 years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are employed in the (a) Prison Service headquarters and (b) National Probation Directorate headquarters.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list attacks on (a) prison officers and (b) probation officers in each of the last five years, broken down by (i) prison and (ii)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to ease the problem of prison overcrowding.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the connection between prison and homelessness; and what steps he is taking to ensure that prisoners have help...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the original budget allocations were for HM Prison Brixton for each of the years from 1997 to 2003.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the survey to identify new sites for prisons will be completed.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place to ensure that prisons maintain accurate records of foreign national prisoners in the establishment.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding the women's foreign national support group Hibiscus received from the Home Office in each year since 1997.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what special training and guidance is provided for prison officers working in prisons with a large proportion of foreign national prisoners.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many female prisoners are from Wales, broken down by offences for which they are held; (2) how many life sentence prisoners are...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) adult prisoners, (b) young offenders and (c) prison spaces there were in each prison in Wales for each year since 1997.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to whom the Ombudsman for Prisons and Probation will report the findings of his investigations into deaths of (a) prisoners, (b) probationers...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation his Department made of the restructuring of the Probation Service following its restructuring in April 2001.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of offenders under the management of the Probation Service have been serviced by non-qualified probation personnel over the...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many probation field staff were employed in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England in each year since 2000.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on funding available for the provision of intensive services to offenders on release by the Probation Service.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who the members of the (a) Horserace Totalisator Board, (b) Service Authorities for the National Criminal Intelligence Service and the...

      Rehabilitation Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which rehabilitation programmes have been the most effective in reducing the reconviction rate; and what plans he has to extend these...

      Risk of Sexual Harm Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many risk of sexual harm orders have been issued.

      Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on changes in sentence lengths since 1991.

      Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are taken to ensure consistency of sentencing practice.

      Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will ask the Sentencing Guidelines Council to consider reducing overall sentencing lengths for offences not involving violence,...

      Serious Criminal Offenders (Travel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were charged with serious criminal offences and allowed to travel outside in each of the last five years.

      Sex Abuse Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the updated guidelines on anonymity for those accused of historical sex abuse were sent to police forces; (2) what the terms of...

      Speeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his plans for increases in fines for drivers caught speeding; and how the extra money raised will help victims...

      Wetherby Young Offenders Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 14 January 2004, Official Report, column 762W, on HMYOI Wetherby, what the reasons were for the increase in (a)...

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women prisoners there are; and how many are imprisoned for offences relating to drugs.

  • House of Lords

    • Civil Servants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When a member of the House of Lords requests a civil servant to forward his or her views to a Minister, whether there is an obligation on the civil servant to...

    • Northern Ireland: Crime Reduction Targets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why in the Northern Ireland Office autumn performance report 2003, they have set modest targets for reducing burglary, vehicle thefts and theft from vehicles, but...

      Romania: Care Centres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the result of the recent visits by representatives of the Department for International Development to foster care centres in Romania; and whether the...

      Pakistan: Visas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the immigration and visa section at the British High Commission in Islamabad is now providing a full service.

      Pakistan: Visas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many appeals against refused visa applications were received in all categories in 2003 from Pakistan; and how this compares with appeals against refused visa...

      Pakistan: Visas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to continue to use Gerry or Fedex private courier services for future visa applications to the British High Commission in Islamabad once a full...

      Pakistan: Visas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will support the service provided by the Immigration Advisory Service in Mirpur, Azad Kashmir.

      Pakistan: Visas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all United Kingdom visa applications from Pakistani students for the 2003–04 academic year were processed in time for the start of that year.

      Pakistan: Visas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to resume the family reunion visa service in Islamabad.

      Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What response they have made to the report of the United Nations Secretary General to the General Assembly (A/58/616 of 3 December 2003), and in particular to the...

      Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have about the identity and timing of the appointment of a successor to Mr Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations Secretary General's Special...

      Eritrea and Ethiopia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the result of the visit by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Chris Mullin MP, to the Horn of Africa; and...

      Zimbabwe: England Cricket Tour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the status report on Zimbabwe outlined in the letter of 23 January from the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to the...

      Iraq: Local Councils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the local and provincial councils in Iraq are directly elected.

      Western Sahara

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take, as a member of the United Nations Security Council, to secure Morocco's adherence to the United Nations peace plan for western Sahara...

      Middle East: Gaza Settlements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are encouraging the government of Israel to develop and implement their proposals for removing settlements from the whole of the Gaza strip.

      Voluntary Work: Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to reduce burdens of liability and regulation that fall upon individuals undertaking voluntary work.

      Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 26 January (WA 5–6), whether, in accordance with the recommendation of the Newton...

      Good Practice Safety Guide

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State at the Home Office, Hazel Blears MP, on 11 November 2003 (HC Deb, col. 246W), when they intend to publish...

      Local Authorities: Local Advocacy Plans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place a statutory requirement on local authorities to produce a local advocacy plan.

      Gulf War 1990–91: Vaccines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When Ministers were first made aware of the report dated 22 September 2001 by Lieutenant-Colonel Graham Howe, of the British Forces Health Service in Germany, on...

      A400M: Defensive Aids Sub-system

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the 25 A400Ms on order by the United Kingdom will be fitted with the defensive aids sub-system.

      Obesity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the annual cost to the National Health Service of problems associated with obesity and excessive body weight; and what estimates have been made of the...

      MMR Vaccine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the research currently being conducted by the Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine in Dublin into developing a vaccine to combat measles, mumps and...

      Carers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the number of carers employed by local authorities in (a) England and (b) Wales.

      Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of people aged 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; and 18 smoke.

      Schools: Relationships Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many and what proportion of secondary schools in England and Wales are regularly delivering relationships education as part of the curriculum to all pupils;...

      Schools: Relationships Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to increase the teacher training facilities for relationships education.

      Nursery Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of annual grants to local education authorities in (a) England and (b) Wales to assist them in the provision of nursery schooling.

      Nursery Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the number of fully-qualified professional nursery teachers employed by local education authorities in (a) England and (b) Wales; and...

      Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whom they consult in order to obtain the views of parents in relation to any Green Paper or other consultation document which relates to the care, education or...

      Schools: Extended Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements are being made for the funding of extra costs incurred by "extended schools"; and Whether schools which are not able or willing to operate...

      Broadband

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given the comments of the e-commerce Minister at the Revolution at the Edge: Broadband Networks and Innovation conference, what level of importance they attach to...

      Waste Electrical andElectronic Equipment Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, requiring electrical goods manufacturers to recycle worn-out appliances, will be introduced into...

      Royal Parks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why police cars and motorcycles regularly drive along footpaths in Hyde Park; and whether they consider that this is in the interests of pedestrians using those routes.

      Drug Free Sport Directorate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the strategy report presented to UK Sport by Focus Consultancy entitled UK Sport Review of...

      Penrose Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the results of the Penrose inquiry into the collapse of Equitable Life.

      Public Finances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the United Kingdom has breached the European Commission's strict 3 per cent public deficit ceiling.

      Footpaths: Motorised Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they intend to take to combat the increasing use of bridleways and footpaths by motor cycles and other motorised vehicles.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Employees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people were employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in each of the years 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Consultations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many consultations have been issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since its inception; how many of them are complete; and how many...

      Sheep: Electronic Identification

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to issue further guidance on the use of identification boluses in lambs, particularly in respect of the size of the bolus.

      London Markets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When a decision will be taken about the future existence of the four City of London markets (Billingsgate, Leadenhall, Smithfield and Spitalfields).

      Special Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 3 December 2001 (WA 91), whether they will update the list of special advisers, envoys and...

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