Written answers

Wednesday, 11 February 2004

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in her Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended, (c) dismissed, (d) prosecuted and (e) convicted...

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of whether there are (a) physiological and (b) neurological differences between rabbits and...

      Crematoriums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will conduct (a) quantified and (b) qualified research into mercury emissions from crematoriums prior to reaching a...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the (a) thickness and (b) stiffness of twine on the escape...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what trials have been carried out in British waters of the Icelandic Ex-It cod excluder device.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people seconded to her Department from outside organisations are helping to draft Answers to honourable Members' (a)...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what value of payments (a) have been made and (b) remain unpaid from the Rural Payments Agency to Welsh farmers,...

      Sudden Oak Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has evaluated on whether spores of sudden oak death are carried by (a) the air, (b) water and (c) human...

      Swill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to enforce the ban on feeding swill to pigs on farms and smallholdings.

      Swill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she will take to prevent wild birds feeding at landfill sites containing disposed swill, in relation to the...

      Swill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of farms and smallholdings which may still be feeding unprocessed swill to pigs.

  • Transport

    • Aircraft Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what special safety inspections are made, and with what regularity, on the aircraft of airlines that are allowed to use UK airports but are...

    • Aircraft Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what safety inspections are undertaken on aircraft flying from the UK which are owned by airlines that are banned on safety grounds from landing in...

      Commercial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on (a) overnight parking facilities for commercial vehicles and (b) dedicated rest areas.

      Driver, Vehicle and Operator Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the resources which agencies within the Driver, Vehicle and Operator group will require from 2003–04 to...

      Edinburgh Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 19 January 2004, Official Report, column 1006W, on Edinburgh airport, if he will place in the Library a list of addresses for...

      Graffiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) Network Rail and (b) rail operators protect their (i) stations, (ii) tracks and (iii) rolling stock...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of international trends in the use of liquefied petroleum gas for road vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people are employed in the UK in the road vehicle liquefied petroleum gas industry.

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles in the UK have been converted to run on liquefied petroleum gas; and how many have been converted with the aid of a PowerShift grant.

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Chancellor about the impact of fuel taxation measures on (a) liquefied petroleum gas conversions, (b)...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many re-fuelling sites are available in the UK for (a) liquefied petroleum gas and (b) compressed natural gas.

      M5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the cost of upgrading Junction 10 of the M5 to allow northbound and southbound traffic to join and leave the motorway.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what works are being carried out adjacent to the southbound carriageway of the M1 motorway between junctions 14 and 13 in Buckinghamshire which relate...

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rail freight miles were travelled in each year since 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries there have been on the (i) A12, (ii) A134, (iii) A120 west of Colchester, (iv) A120 east of Colchester,...

      Road Improvement Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate real terms cost inflation for road improvement projects for each year since 1997.

      Roadworks (A1)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) for what reasons advance warning was not given of the closure of the exit from the A1 at Newark to the A17 and A46; (2) for what reasons 24-hour...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed cameras there were in Wales in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) police force, (b) constituency, (c) safety camera partnership...

      Uninsured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were killed or seriously injured in accidents involving uninsured cars in the last year for which figures are available.

      Uninsured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the average additional cost to car insurance premiums resulting from damage from uninsured vehicles involved in accidents.

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his policy on (a) the provision of loans and grants to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and (b) the maximum...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of (a) the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency's contribution to the improvement of road safety and environmental...

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures are in place to ensure that the owners of untaxed illegal foreign cars are traced and brought into the United Kingdom car tax regime; and...

  • Defence

    • Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he expects the training facilities for Apache helicopter pilots to be available; (2) for what reasons training equipment is not available to...

    • Benefit Fraud

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

      Civil Contingency Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Civil Contingency Reaction Forces (CCRF) reservists are allocated to each of the regional CCRF units; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      SDR (Consultation Document)

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

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the planned decommissioning dates are for (a) HMS Vanguard, (b) HMS Victorious, (c) HMS Vigilant and (d) HMS Vengeance; (2) what the (a)...

      Helicopter-borne Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to what use the additional investment to reduce the response times of helicopter-borne forces to deal with renegade shipping has been put; and if he will...

      HMS Roebuck

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the ability of HMS Roebuck to remain fully operational until its planned decommissioning in 2014.

      Human Rights Violations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will reply to the question from the hon. Member for East Carmarthen and Dinefwr of 2 December 2003, on human rights violations, reference 141740.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of British cluster bombs on (i) Iraqi armed forces during the conflict and (ii)...

      Jan Willem Matser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received about the case of former NATO employee Jan Willem Matser convicted of forgery and fraud in the Netherlands; what discussions...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to instruct the (a) Defence Procurement Agency and (b) Defence Logistics Organisation to make an annual report on their...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for replacement oilers for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

      Sea King Helicopters

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

      Sea King Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2004, Official Report, column 505W, to the hon. Member for North Cornwall (Mr. Tyler), on Sea King...

      Sea King Helicopters

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

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's definition is of a weapon of mass destruction.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Motoring Offences

      To ask the Solicitor-General in how many cases in the last five years initial charges of causing death by dangerous driving have been reduced to the charge of careless driving.

    • Sir Roy Meadow

      To ask the Solicitor-General on what occasions Sir Roy Meadow has given lectures to judges and other court officials on the subject of infanticide and harm of children at the hands of their parents.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Benefit Fraud

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

    • Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the criteria are by which the sequence by region of digital switchover will take place; and if she will make a statement.

      Graffiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what initiatives her Department has undertaken to encourage communities to become involved in graffiti prevention.

      Historic Buildings (Gift Aid Relief)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with charity owners of historic buildings on the impact of the changes to gift aid relief against admission...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the administrative costs to (a) local authorities, (b) individual licensees and (c) central government of...

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications for Lottery grant funding have been received in the last year from Cunninghame, South; what the total value was of...

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications were made for Heritage Lottery funding in (a) Trafford and (b) Altrincham and Sale, West in each of the last five...

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Heritage Lottery funding has been awarded in the Altrincham and Sale, West constituency in each of the last five years; and how...

      Repeat Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what programmes her Department has set up to encourage the reform of repeat offenders.

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the (a) technical and financial contracts, (b) technical consultants used on a call-off basis and (c) financial...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the income expected this year is from fishing licences in the British Indian Ocean Territories; and what it was in each of...

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the evidential basis was for the comment by the Minister for State, the hon. Member for North Warwickshire (Mr. Mike...

      Passports/Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of the United States on their policy that all visitors from the United Kingdom...

      Tristan da Cunha

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visits the Governor of Tristan da Cunha has made to (a) Tristan da Cunha and (b) the Ascension Islands in the last five...

      Tristan da Cunha

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many ministerial visits have been made to (a) Tristan da Cunha and (b) the Ascension Islands in the last five years.

      UK Businesses (Exports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how his Department (a) encourages and (b) assists UK businesses to export.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the extent of the clearing of landmines in Afghanistan in each of the last two years; and what...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of the number of Afghan refugees in (a) Pakistan and (b) Iran.

      Africa Forest Law Enforcement and Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what plans his Department has to assist African governments with the implementation of the Africa Forest Law Enforcement and...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure greater transparency in the Transitional Government in Liberia.

  • Prime Minister

    • Mr. Tom Kelly

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reasons he has not dismissed Mr. Tom Kelly as his official spokesman following the publication of Lord Hutton's criticism of him.

    • Cabinet Secretary

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2004, Official Report, column 713W, of the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what dates (a) the then Cabinet Secretary reported...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what the first date was on which he told President Bush that the UK would be prepared to go to war with the US against Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to (a) re-examine and (b) change the renewables obligation on electricity suppliers; and if she will make a statement.

    • Baku to Ceyhan Pipeline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the environmental impact of the Baku to Ceyhan pipeline; and if she will make a statement.

      British Nuclear Fuels Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with representatives of the US Department of Energy regarding the BNFL contract to build a nuclear processing...

      British Nuclear Fuels Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her Written Statement of 11 December 2003, Official Report, columns 93–95WS, on BNFL strategy review, if she will make a...

      Broadband (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on roll-out of broadband in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley; and how (i) urban and (ii) rural businesses will benefit.

      Building Maintenance (Door-to-door Sales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to address problems caused by the door-to-door selling of building maintenance.

      Business Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses were helped by each Business Link operator in England in 2001–02.

      Innovation and Growth Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what feedback she has received from each sectoral innovation and growth team in relation to the impact of regulation on (a) innovation and (b)...

      Civil Partnerships Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the timetable for the publication of the Civil Partnerships Bill.

      Electricity Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of projected surplus capacity of electricity supply for the next winter; and if she will make a statement.

      Electricity Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the non-disclosed conclusions of the report of her investigation into the power cuts that affected (a) areas...

      Electricity Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she has made requests to the Board of National Grid Transco to permit her to disclose the findings of the Engineering Inspectorate's...

      Employment Agencies(Migrant Worker Prosecutions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employment agencies have (a) been (i) prosecuted and (ii) fined for offences relating to the exploitation of migrant workers under...

      Employment Rights (Ministers of Religion)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure that ministers of religion have the same employment rights as other employees.

      EU Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about her request for EU Finance Ministers to commit to a timetable to...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people were employed by the Export Credits Guarantee Department in each year from 1996 to 2003.

      Faroes Vessel Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims have been submitted to her Department under the revised deadline for vessels classed as Faroes Vessels.

      Transgenic Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many patent applications are pending which relate to transgenic fish.

      Fur Trade (Domestic Animals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the European Union regarding an EU ban on the trade in domestic dog and cat fur.

      Low-carbon Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what policies she is pursuing to encourage a shift towards low-carbon technologies.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much nuclear waste has been (a) imported into the United Kingdom, (b) reprocessed in the United Kingdom and (c) subsequently exported from...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many tons of radioactive waste were shipped to the United Kingdom for storage in each year since 1997; and what the projected figures are...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the contract for the consultation paper on proposals for intermediate level radioactive waste substitution, published in January 2004,...

      Manufacturing Jobs (Shrewsbury and Atcham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many manufacturing jobs were lost in Shrewsbury and Atcham in (a) each year since 1997 and (b) each month in the last 12 months.

      Offshore Call Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the potential impact upon an individual's rights under UK data protection legislation arising from the move of...

      Offshore Oil and Gas Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the (a) Government and (b) European Commission are taking to prevent improper support payments to contractors and sub-contractors...

      Part-time Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures have been introduced since 1997 to improve employment rights for part-time workers.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many businesses have been helped by each regional development agency; what the average sum of money received by these businesses is; how...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many regional development agency projects are being evaluated; and when the results will be known.

      Research Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent by each of the Research Councils in each of the last six years.

      Small Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many small businesses increased their profits above £15,000 in each year since 1997; and what the percentage change was in each year.

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what discussions she has had with the Office of Fair Trading in respect of the supermarkets' voluntary code of practice; and if she will...

      Textiles (Pakistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions her Department has had with the Pakistan Government on the export of Pakistan-produced textiles into the European Union.

      UK Coal (Aid)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from the National Union of Mineworkers on the suspension of investment aid to UK Coal and Kellingley...

      United Kingdom Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the volume of United Kingdom trade with each of the members of the G90 was in each of the last 10 years; (2) what the volume of...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how her Department's energy policy takes account of the effect on grid security and stability of large-scale remote wind generation.

  • Education and Skills

    • Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of families have residual incomes which would mean that their children (a) would be entitled to claim a full...

    • Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what arrangements he intends to put in place to recover fees and loans paid for study at British universities to students from other...

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will announce his decisions on the Building Schools for the Future programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what procedures need to be followed to open a new faith school within the state sector.

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) women and (b) men obtained higher degrees and entered paid, full-time, permanent employment in the UK in each year since 1997,...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the consolidation of the £170 million funding to support higher education institutions' human resources policies into the main...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate was made in the regulatory impact assessment of the total cost to a higher education institution (HEI) of pursuing the new...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list proposals in the Higher Education White Paper which have subsequently been dropped by the Government.

      Schwartz Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will publish the report of the Schwartz Review on University Admissions.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Gloucestershire (a) are statemented, (b) receive special educational needs support in mainstream schools and (c) attend...

      Value Added Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the value added between Key Stage 3 and GCSE/GNVQ would have been if the results of specialist schools had been excluded for (a)...

  • Treasury

    • Eds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what amount EDS has been liable in penalties to the Inland Revenue in each year since 1998–99; and if he will make a statement.

    • Higher Education Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his plans for higher education spending in the forthcoming Public Spending Review.

      Invest to Save

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the next round of bidding for the Invest to Save budget will take place; (2) if he will make a statement on the future of the Invest to Save budget.

      Pensioners (Taxation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of pensioners paying income tax at (a) the higher rate and (b) the basic rate for each year since 1996–97; and what...

      Pensions (Tax Relief)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the amount of tax relief on pension contributions provided in each financial year since 1996–97 (a) in total and (b) broken...

      Pirate Videos/DVDs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) value of pirate (i) videos and (ii) DVDs seized by Customs and Excise since 1 January 2003; what the...

      Pirate Videos/DVDs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of the sale of pirate (a) videos and (b) DVDs at (i) car-boot sales, (ii) record fairs, (iii)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many departures from child support maintenance have been requested by non-resident parents in each year since 1997; and how many of these...

    • Disability Employment Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the turnover rate for disability employment advisers was in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      SchlumbergerSema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many SchlumbergerSema examining medical practitioners have been (a) struck off and (b) reprimanded for their work for his Department.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide additional assistance to those families on low incomes who receive a Social Fund (a) grant and (b) loan where the amount...

      Widowers (Access to Benefits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the claims of widowers bereaved before 9 April 2001 for equal access to benefits; and if he will make a statement.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Crown Court Trials (National Security Issues)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether it is possible in a Crown court trial involving national security for (a) a jury to be vetted prior to being...

    • Laganside Courts Complex

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether problems at the Laganside courts complex in Belfast with (a) water ingress and (b) sight lines for juries have...

      Laganside Courts Complex

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the public sector comparator for the Laganside courts Private Finance Initiative scheme in Belfast has been...

      Laganside Courts Complex

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many major water leaks have occurred at the Laganside courts complex in Belfast.

      Lord Chief Justice

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what proposals he has for changes in the role and responsibilities of the Lord Chief Justice; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which government departments and law enforcement agencies are represented on the cross-departmental working group looking into Part 12 of the...

    • DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA profile matches exist within the UK national DNA database.

      Drugs Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests have been made, (b) convictions have been obtained and (c) cautions have been issued in each police force area in each...

      Firearms Consultative Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what correspondence Home Office Ministers have (a) received from and (b) sent to members of the Firearms Consultative Committee during (i)...

      Firearms Consultative Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to his Department was of convening meetings of the Firearms Consultative Committee since its inception.

      Firearms Consultative Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list (a) recommendations made by the Firearms Consultative Committee and (b) actions taken by his Department in response to its...

      Firearms Consultative Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the most recent members of the Firearms Consultative Committee, indicating the companies or organisations they work for.

      Firearms Consultative Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to announce the appointment of successor committees to the Firearms Consultative Committee.

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes have been solved by the use of forensic science in each of the forensic science service laboratories in England and Wales in...

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how long DNA samples are held by the Forensic Science Service.

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the storage of DNA samples by the Forensic Science Service.

      Graffiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted of offences involving graffiti in each of the past 10 years.

      Graffiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to tackle graffiti in urban areas.

      Identity Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if, as part of the consultation for draft legislation on National Identity Cards, he will seek views on the advisability of...

      Lancashire Police Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the crime clear-up rates in Lancashire police force area broken down by (a) constituency and (b) local authority area in each...

      Ministerial Police Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many Ministers receive protection from the police; and what the cost to public funds is in this financial year; (2) how many...

      Official Secrets Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) average and (b) longest time between (i) arrest and charge and (ii) charge and start of trial has been in cases brought since...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press officers were employed in his Department in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; and what estimate he has made of the cost...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the total prison capacity in each of the next 10 years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are serving custodial sentences of (a) less than 12 months and (b) over 12 months, broken down by nationality and gender.

      Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports of suspicious transactions reported to the National Criminal Intelligence Service since the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 came...

      Public Servants (Wrongdoing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what processes are available to public servants to raise concerns about serious wrongdoings by other public servants if they have reason to...

      Recruitment Advertising

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

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there were in each London borough on 1 January of each of the last six years.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motorists were banned from driving for a period as a result of being caught by (a) speed and (b) red light cameras in (i) 1997, (ii)...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what differences there are in the calibration of speed cameras between police authority areas; and whether all authorities apply a 10 per...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Paramilitary-style Assaults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to eradicate paramilitary-style assaults on the civil population of Northern Ireland.

    • Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the work of the Parades Commission.

      Organised Crime Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the work of the Organised Crime Taskforce.

      11-Plus (Reform)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the reform of the 11-plus in Northern Ireland.

      Devolved Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in securing agreement to restore Devolved Government in Northern Ireland.

      Arms Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made on arms decommissioning.

      Belfast City Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has received an application from Belfast City airport to review the present operational planning agreement.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with his colleagues in the Home Department in relation to the extension of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims...

      Driver and Vehicle Testing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the terms were of the contract entered into between the Driver and Vehicle Testing Agency and RoMaha for the PFI to upgrade MOT centres in...

      Estate Wardens

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

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases from ethnic minority backgrounds were identified by the Housing Executive as homeless on the grounds of intimidation in 2003; and...

      Horseracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was paid in levy by bookmakers in Northern Ireland to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland in each...

      Hospital Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he is taking to reduce the number of patients who wait on a trolley longer than two hours for a hospital bed once they have been...

      NHS Trusts (Working Time Directive)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action will be taken against NHS trusts which fail to ensure their posts are compliant with the European Working Time Directive by August 2004.

      Public Administration Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the timetable is for the Review of Public Administration in Northern Ireland.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to ensure that children with special educational needs have those needs met in the education sector in Northern Ireland.

      Tennants Textiles Colours Plant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the risks to the health and safety of the local community on the lower Ravenhill Road, Belfast arising from the...

      Trading Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the initial public response to the consumer line recently launched by Trading Standards.

      Warm Homes Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what resources have been made available in Northern Ireland to assist the implementation of the Warm Homes Scheme in the past three years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Airwave Emergency Communications Network

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to ensure that local planning authorities follow planning guidance in determining applications for consent to build radio transmitters for...

    • Decent Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to ensure that local authority housing departments rated at two stars and above have sufficient resources to meet the decency standard in...

      Decent Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer of 4 February 2004, Official Report, column 748, when he expects that council houses remaining in the ownership and management of...

      Graffiti

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what strategies his Department has developed to encourage the removal of graffiti from (a) public and (b) private buildings; (2) what new programmes for...

      HMOs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations his Department has received from (a) Universities UK and (b) individual vice chancellors about whether higher education halls of residence...

      HMOs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of houses in multiple occupation which fall within the scope of the proposed mandatory licensing...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what standards have been established for the Government's plans for the redevelopment of the Thames Gateway in respect of (a) the residential density of new...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average residential density of housing developments given planning permission since March 2000 is in (a) Bexley, (b) Barking and Dagenham, (c) Greenwich,...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what standards new housing to be built in communities envisaged in the Thames Gateway will be required to meet in respect of (a) schools, (b) health care...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the purpose is of merging housing associations within the Greater London area.

      Housing Stock Transfers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer of 4 February 2004, Official Report, column 748, if he will list (a) local authorities which have held ballots of tenants in the...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what methodology he used in his calculation that South Bucks District Council is receiving an increase of 3.4 per cent. in its grant for 2004–05.

      Pathfinder Projects

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress of each of the housing renewal pathfinder projects.

      Pathfinder Projects

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to make an announcement on the Elevate Housing Renewal Pathfinder Project Programme Bid.

      Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many phone masts there are in (a) the UK, (b) Lancashire and (c) Chorley; and how many are shared between operators in each of those areas.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on devolved government in the regions.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the establishment of referendums for regional government.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent by the Department on (a) research and (b) preparation for regional referendums on devolved government.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost of running a regional referendum.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department has a special unit to organise and operate referendums.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans that regional assemblies would be able to levy taxes.

      Sellers Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress is being made on the introduction of a seller's pack for house buyers.

      Sustainable Procurement

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidelines his Department gives to local authorities on sustainable procurement.

      Thames Gateway (Housing)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of whether the scale of the development which it foresees in the Thames Gateway can be accommodated on previously developed brownfield...

      Thurrock Urban Development Corporation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what new settlements are proposed within the Thurrock Urban Development Corporation area pursuant to paragraph 24 of Sustainable Communities: an Urban Development...

  • Cabinet Office

    • SI No. 440

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the impact of Statutory Instrument No.440.

  • Health

    • Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the percentage of NHS prescriptions involved in adverse drug reactions in the last year for which figures are available; and if he...

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the need for regulation of private ambulance services to reflect practice in the NHS.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the training requirements are for (a) paramedics and (b) ambulance technicians in (i) the NHS and (ii) private ambulance services.

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress has been made in reducing the number of analogue hearing aids used by NHS patients in (a) North West Leicestershire and (b) the East...

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when digital hearing aids will be freely available on the NHS for residents of (a) Taunton Deane and (b) West Somerset.

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients are waiting for a hearing aid assessment in the (a) Taunton Deane and (b) Somerset Coast Primary Care Trust area.

      Children's Respite Care

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

      Cisapride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will conduct an investigation into the safety of the drug cisapride.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the New Consultant Entry Scheme; and whether doctors on the Scheme count as consultants for the sake of the NHS Plan...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) headcount and (b) whole-time equivalent figures are for dentists for each year since 1996 for (i) England, (ii) each NHS region and (iii)...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole-time equivalent NHS dentists there were per head of population (a) in total and (b) offering NHS treatment in (i) England and (ii) each...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the gender breakdown of NHS dentists was in each year since 1997; and what the gender breakdown is of dentists in training.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what grades of staff he proposes to remove from each Directorate of the establishment of the Department; and how many posts will remain in each.

      Desmopressin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescription items of desmopressin there were in each (a) NHS region and (b) strategic health authority in each of the last five years, broken...

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of doctors in England who have passed their Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board examination but are...

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the availability of care packages for maintaining elderly people in their own homes.

      East Surrey Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the Royal College of Psychiatrists inspected the accident and emergency department at the East Surrey hospital; what its recommendations were;...

      Elder Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to tackle abuse of the elderly.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance has been issued to applicant NHS foundation trusts on who should be installed on the electoral register for the board of governors; and when...

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether political parties will be permitted to contest elections to the board of governors of NHS foundation trusts.

      Gallstones and Kidney Stones

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

      Child/Adolescent Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) provision in England.

      Group B Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what figures his Department has collated on the number of cases of Group B Streptococcus in each of the last five years.

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the scope of the NHS National IT programme is in relation to (a) social services departments and (b) pharmacists; and if he will make a statement.

      Joint Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) hip and (b) knee replacements paid for out of NHS funds were performed in (i) the public sector and (ii) the private sector in each year...

      Joint Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost per operation was for (a) hip and (b) knee replacements in each hospital trust in financial year 1999–2000; and if he will make a...

      Joint Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the data will be made available for the financial year 2002–03 for the cost per operation of (a) hip and (b) knee replacements in each hospital...

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what circumstances junior doctors, changing hospitals as part of their normal rotation, can receive substantial pay cuts; and if he will list the...

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will visit Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital to discuss (a) the management and (b) salary payments of junior doctors on rotation...

      NHS Estates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reason the deal to sell NHS Estates surplus properties and inventures to the HBOS/Miller Consortium has not yet been completed; and when he...

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons NHS Professionals does not use agency staff supplied to it through arrangements with private agencies who have previously registered with...

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate NHS Professionals has made of the unit cost of an agency placement.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the costs were of setting up the Commission for Social Care Inspection; and what estimate has been made of the costs of operation in its first year.

      Rural Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the support structures in place to promote the well-being of the rural elderly.

      Skin Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reasons the management of chronic skin disease was not included within the directed enhanced services of the new general medical services...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the impact on the NHS of the Working Time Directive changes coming into force this year.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Civil Service: Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose that smoking chambers in the new Civil Service office accommodation near Victoria Square in Belfast should be provided for civil servants; if...

    • North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 14 January (WA 84) concerning budgets for Cross-Border Bodies, why there is an increase of 40 per cent in...

      Ulster-Scots Agency: Business Plan 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 15 January (WA 95) concerning the business plan of the Ulster-Scots Agency, why they indicated that the...

      Northern Ireland: Victims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Lord President on 13 January (WS 19–24) on Northern Ireland priorities and budget 2004–06, how their plans will...

      Northern Ireland: Police Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Lord President on 13 January (WS 19–24) on Northern Ireland priorities and budget 2004–06, whether they include...

      Questions for Written Answer: Reply Times

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 15 January (WA 101), whether the same administrative error has led to the failure to answer...

      Hutton Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the total public expenditure incurred in relation to Lord Hutton's inquiry; and how is the total made up.

      Constitutional Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Statement which the Lord Chancellor made on 26 January (HL Deb, col. 12) on constitutional reform and judicial independence reflects a compromise...

      European Council: Voting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: At which formal meeting of the Intergovernmental Conference of Member and Applicant States of the European Union requests were made to alter the voting values of...

      BBC World Service: Mandarin Broadcasts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With whom, during her visit to China, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport raised the jamming of the BBC World Service Mandarin broadcasts; how many...

      Turkey: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the findings of the report by the Kurdish Human Rights Project, Turkey's shame: sexual violence without redress—the plight of...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 3 March 2003 (WA 84), whether they will now give their current definition of weapons of...

      Regional Planning Guidance: Gypsies and Travellers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What references there are to Travellers or Gypsies in the regional planning guidance documents. Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated question.

      Nursery Classes and Pre-school Playgroups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children are now in local education authority nursery classes in (a) England and (b) Wales; and How many nursery classes there are in (a) England and (b)...

      Nursery Classes and Pre-school Playgroups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the monies given by local government annually to the pre-school playgroup movement in (a) England and (b) Wales.

      Nursery Classes and Pre-school Playgroups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further initiatives they propose to assist nursery education in (a) England and (b) Wales.

      Royal Parks: De-icing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Health and Safety Commission will take enforcement action under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 against the Royal Parks Agency for failing...

      Sport and Physical Activity: Young People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the success of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's public service agreement for the spending round 2000, to "raise...

      Green Tourism: Merseyside

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What help is being given to local authorities to further green tourism in Merseyside.

      Tidal Power

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect that the first tidal lagoon or tidal impoundment scheme will start to generate electricity; and whether they will provide funds to speed up the...

      Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many British companies are currently trading with Zimbabwe; what advice is currently given to such companies; and what restrictions are in place on them.

      Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What state aid, including tax credits, subsidies and guarantees, is available to companies trading with Zimbabwe.

      Unsolicited E-mail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will widen the opt-in provisions of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations to give companies the same legal protection against those...

      General Practitioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: lynne How many general practitioners there were in England and Wales in each of the past 10 years.

      Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Government Support for Charities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much funding has been awarded by the Department of Health under Section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 to the United Kingdom charity...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish a list of payments made to farmers under the provisions of the Common Agricultural Policy.

      Sudden Oak Death Virus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they have taken before and since 6 January to prevent the spread of oak death virus (Phytophthora ramorum) internally within the United Kingdom and...

      Sudden Oak Death Virus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will pay compensation to those suffering significant loss as a result of the destruction of plants or trees infected with oak death virus (Phytophtora...

      State Veterinary Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many state veterinary surgeons were employed in each of the years 1998 to 2003.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many new cases of bovine tuberculosis were recorded in 2002 and 2003.

      Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposed changes to the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulations affecting gas oil are required by reason of the flammability or the toxicity of...

      Speed Cameras

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (1) How many SPECS speed cameras have been installed on the motorway network; and (2) Whether SPECS speed cameras that are installed on electronic motorway signs...

      Speed Cameras

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Department for Transport guidance specifies that SPECS speed cameras should be visible.

      Railways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of their announcement of a review of ownership, operation, maintenance and finance of the railways in the United Kingdom, whether they will place in the...

      West Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 3 February (HL985), what is the base year against which the 15–25 per cent increase in...

      Heathrow Airport: Lifts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they can take to expedite the reintroduction of the lifts between the underground station and Terminal One at Heathrow, which have been out of...

      Port Waste Management Plans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all harbours and terminals have now submitted waste management plans under the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Port Waste Reception Facilities)...

      Driving Standards Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the Driving Standards Agency's target for responding to inquiries made by e-mail.

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