Written answers

Tuesday, 24 February 2004

  • Health

    • Health Facilities (Eastern England)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for (a) new diagnostic and treatment centres and (b) new acute hospitals in the eastern region of England.

    • National Service Framework forLong-term Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the progress made in preparing a national service framework for long-term conditions.

      Children's Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to change the amount of NHS funding allocated to children's hospices.

      Benzodiazepines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement regarding guidance issued to doctors concerning the prescribing of benzodiazepines.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he plans to combat obesity in school children.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to tackle obesity through increasing physical activity.

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on domiciliary care.

      Tertiary Treatment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the cost of travel and accommodation for (a) patients undergoing tertiary treatment and (b) their relatives or carers.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the provision of out-of-hours general practitioner services.

      Trauma Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of trauma consultants needed by the NHS in 2010; and how many such consultants there were on the latest date for...

      Hospital Star Ratings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the future of the star rating system for hospitals.

      Crohn's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of bone marrow treatment for those suffering from Crohn's disease.

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provison is made for ambulance drivers to receive (a) initial and (b) refresher training; and if he will make a statement.

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has published on the vision levels that ambulance drivers need to achieve and on how frequently they should receive eye checks.

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what standards of driving test ambulance drivers are required to meet; and what the failure rate was in each year since 1997.

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the guidelines published by his Department on the disciplinary code for ambulance drivers.

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what disciplinary measures are taken against ambulance drivers who are involved in road accidents.

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulance drivers in the NHS have not received additional driver training; and if he will make a statement.

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date specialist ambulance driver training became mandatory.

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accidents involving ambulances there were (a) in total and (b) involving fatalities, in each year since 1997 in (i) England and (ii) each...

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets for ambulance 999 calls in rural areas have been set; and what the latest figures for performance against these targets are.

      Cataract Operations (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cataract operations will be carried out in Kent in financial year 2003–04.

      Child Social Work Team (Gatwick Airport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the progress of proposals to fund a joint unit at Gatwick Airport between immigration officials and members of West Sussex...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Pilots

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the cost of the Electoral Commission report on Electoral Pilots at the June 2004...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal By-Products Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place the Department's guidelines on the implementation of the EU Directive on Animal By-Products in the Library.

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the proposed new EU regulation on animal transport.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether there is a central register of those convicted of cruelty to animals in the United Kingdom; (2) whether there...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the natural predators of the badger are, other than man; and what effect they exert on the United Kingdom badger population.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many badgers have been culled in each of the (a) proactive and (b) inactive cull areas in each of the selected trial...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets have been set for the bovine TB testing of herds in the last five years for which figures are available; how...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what budget was set by her Department for each year for all aspects of bovine TB research, testing, culling, compensation,...

      Beef Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much beef was not allowed into the country on health grounds in the last year for which figures are available.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the (a) operational and (b) safety impact of including steaming time in the days at sea...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the economic impact on the UK retail market of the UK fishing fleet producing a surplus of...

      Flood Alleviation (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will ensure that the plans by South Somerset District Council for a Merriott flood alleviation scheme (phase 2)...

      Game Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the impact of game licences on (a) the sport of shooting, (b) the quarry species and...

      Poultry Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2004, Official Report, column 1301W, which EU countries ban the import of chickens...

      Water Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the water supply and urban and rural drainage bodies in England which are companies where a holding company...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Amendments

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will ensure that amendments to Bills which appear on the Order Paper are available at the...

  • International Development

    • Recruitment Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's expenditure on recruitment advertising was in each of the last three years, broken down by publication; and what...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Child Murders (Drugs)

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether investigations into the criminal cases in which a parent has been convicted of murdering a child will include an assessment of whether (a) cisapride and (b)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what is being done to raise levels of internet usage among those sectors of the population whose usage is under the national average, with particular...

    • Better Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list executive board members appointed to promote better regulation, broken down by department; and what their respective private sector...

  • Transport

    • A35

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to upgrade the A35 between Dorchester and Honiton.

    • A35

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to improve (a) traffic flow and (b) road safety at Raymond's Hill on the A35.

      A404

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he will set a date for the resurfacing of the A404 Marlow by-pass; (2) whether the A404 Marlow by-pass meets the criteria for remedial...

      Aviation Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with counterparts in the Transport Safety Authority of the US Administration concerning matters of...

      Central Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will investigate the disclosure to the Sunday Telegraph of the Strategic Rail Authority's latest study of the Central Railway proposal; and if he...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will list for each local authority the financial support given by the Department to support cycling proficiency tests in 2003–04; (2)...

      Eurotunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who pays the minimum usage charge paid to Eurotunnel.

      Infrastructure Improvement Schemes (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the infrastructure improvement schemes in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley; and what their projected cost is.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what reports from judges the Government have received in relation to concluded cases of failure to stop after a road crash.

      Road Resurfacing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the latest criteria for prioritisation of resurfacing of roads are.

      Road Resurfacing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the criteria for categorisation of sites for each level of noise reduction road resurfacing programmes; and what the effect of each...

      Road Resurfacing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what change there has been in estimated costs of resurfacing the M1 between junctions 20 and 21 since the initial announcement; and if he will make a...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) actual and (b) percentage increase in power supply is required to operate an eight-car new third-rail train compared with its slam-door...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2004, Official Report, column 1235W, if he will introduce primary legislation to revise the eligibility criteria...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2004, Official Report, column 1242W, if he will make a statement on the progress made towards implementing the...

      Snowfall Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidelines his Department issues for local authorities in respect of measures to deal with snowfall.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding his Department has provided for each speed camera partnership in England and which partners are involved in each partnership.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his oral answer of 3 February 2004, Official Report, column 616, how many people were (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in the three...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Retirement Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria are in place to determine the (a) minimum and (b) maximum armed forces retirement age; and if he will make a statement.

    • Consultation Documents

      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...

      Defence Estates Core Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Defence Estates Core Sites Report of March 2003 will be published.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures United Kingdom forces have taken in the area of Southern Iraq under British control to ensure no weapons of mass destruction, their...

      Missile Defence Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 19 January 2004, to the hon. Member for Hereford (Mr. Keetch), Official Report, column 920W, if he will make a statement on the...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated costs of plans to upgrade nuclear weapons design and production facilities at Aldermaston are; how much has been allocated for this...

  • Scotland

    • Benefit Fraud

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

    • Census Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland in which years each of the 1851 to 1901 decennial censuses of population for Scotland were released for public inspection; and if he will make a...

      Civil Servants

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

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last used a train in connection with his ministerial duties.

      Security Passes

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Gift Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations her Department has received from (a) the museum and (b) the heritage sectors in relation to introducing Gift Aid...

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the ministerial visits (a) she and (b) her Ministers have made in the last 12 months.

      Railway Carriages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she received concerning the campaign to retain Wagon-Lits railway carriage 2757 in the UK prior to its purchase by...

      Recruitment Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's expenditure on recruitment advertising was in each of the last three years, broken down by publication; and what...

      Tobacco Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received from motorsport interests in connection with the cessation of tobacco advertising.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is Home Office policy to resist applications for adjournments of asylum cases where applicants prima facie fall within the amnesty.

    • Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to make provision for children who are not offered temporary residence but whose parents are; (2) what factors...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers were resident in Glasgow in the last year for which figures are available.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he intends to track the outcomes of unaccompanied children returned under the new pilots to ensure that the return is in the best...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the current backlog of cases is at each directorate of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports in the care of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate for the processing of applications have been (a) lost and (b)...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum length of time is that a child has been detained in (a) Dungavel, (b) Tinsley House and (c) Oakington.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was imposed in fines on (a) airlines and (b) other carriers for transporting illegal immigrants in the last year for which figures...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the benchmark street price for cannabis used when calculating the value of seizures by his Department was in each of the last five...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Manchester, Central dated (a) 16 September 2003 re: Mrs. MG, references PO14031/3...

      Crime (Havering and Romford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to reduce levels of youth crime in the London Borough of Havering.

      Crime and Disorder Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the crime and disorder steering groups that include hon. Members; and if he will make a statement on the involvement of hon....

      Criminal Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines his Department has issued to police forces on the use of (a) criminal pattern analysis and (b) comparative case analysis.

      Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many volunteers working in athletics have (a) applied for and (b) been approved by Criminal Records Bureau checks in each year since...

      Hen Harriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 for persecution of hen harriers in England and Wales in...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he will ensure that (a) human rights and (b) civil liberties will not be violated under the proposed identity card scheme.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he will ensure that the central register used in the identity card scheme will be more (a) accurate and (b) transparent than existing...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the effect of the initiative to deactivate stolen phones upon mobile phone theft.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are undergoing firearms training; and what the figure was five years ago.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serving police officers are qualified in the use of firearms; and what the figure was five years ago.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what offences arrests can be carried out by a police officer only in uniform; and what the reason is for this condition.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police cells are in use in Lancashire.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police cells are available per head of population in each police force area.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cells were used for housing prisoners in each police force area on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what basis he has calculated the provisional increase in direct Home Office grant to police authorities for 2004–05.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he has put in place to ensure that police authorities receive sufficient funding to meet their commitments under their...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been provided to each police authority from Airwave grant in 2003–04; and what the planned provision is from Airwave...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Government's policy for the funding for 2004–05 and future financial years of police authority...

      President Bush (Visit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimate of the cost of security for the recent visit of President Bush to the UK is; and whether he expects that figure to change.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last used a train in connection with his ministerial duties.

      Unaccompanied Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the piloting of removals of unaccompanied children will involve their detention.

      Unaccompanied Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision he intends to make to ensure that appropriate reception arrangements are in place for unaccompanied children who are removed...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were awarded to health workers to work (a) in the UK National Health Service and (b) the non-NHS sector for each of the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost to public funds of setting up devolved government in Northern Ireland was.

    • Agreed Behaviour Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many agreed behaviour contracts (ABCs) have been issued in Northern Ireland since their introduction; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the dangers to the environment from batteries containing mercury and other toxic metals, being dumped in local...

      Cross-Border Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to increase the number of cross-border bodies.

      Dental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the standard of dental health of the Province's population.

      EU Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many European Union regulations relating specifically to Northern Ireland have been published in each year since 1997.

      European Year of Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action was taken in Northern Ireland to support the United Kingdom theme for the European Year of Disabled People to promote rights and...

      Orthopaedic Surgeons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to increase the number of consultant orthopaedic surgeons in Northern Ireland.

      Pension Books

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average length of time taken to replace pension books when they expired was in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are...

      Pension Books

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pension books were issued in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Pension Books

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the impact of the introduction of automated credit transfer for payment of pensions in Northern Ireland.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the determination of the application for planning permission, reference number P/2000/2176 was; when it was made; and when it was...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will revoke the decision to disband the full-time police reserve in the light of on-going activity of terrorist organisations in Northern...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of maintaining the prison population in Northern Ireland was in the past three years; and what the average cost per prisoner was...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to reinstate the Braille Unit at HMP Maghaberry; and if he will make a statement.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the impact of the introduction of variable top-up fees on university students in Northern Ireland.

      Work Force Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the composition of the monitored full-time work force was, broken down by religious designation, in (a) 1992 and (b) 2002.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Advisers' Discretionary Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on the Advisers' Discretionary Fund in each year since it was set up; what figures his Department collects on the...

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2004, Official Report, column 957W, on pensions, if he will estimate the net Exchequer effects of the...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the (a) operational and (b) advertising costs of the National Benefit Fraud Hotline in each of the last six years.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2004, Official Report, column 731W, how many people have been found to have committed benefit fraud...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2004, Official Report, column 731W, how many people have been (a) investigated and (b) prosecuted for...

      Economic Inactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures are in place to address the causes and effects of economic inactivity; and if he will make a statement.

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place an obligation on companies to publish, within their annual report, a statement containing (a) their health and safety policy...

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to lift Crown immunity with regards to health and safety legislation.

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget was in (a) cash and (b) real terms of the Health and Safety Executive for each year since 1997; and what the forecast budgets...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans the Government has to promote the use of Post Office card accounts in Scotland.

  • Treasury

    • Alcohol Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the level of duty is in (a) the UK, (b) France and (c) Spain on (i) beer, (ii) wine and (iii) spirits; (2) if he will estimate the effect on...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many days on average his Department took in Session 2002–03 to give a substantive answer to a parliamentary question for ordinary written answer;...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • EU Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2004, Official Report, column 157W, whether the difference in the figures between already allocated EU funds and the total...

    • Government Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister from which financial year the (a) £780 million Government grant for the North West, (b) £350 million grant for the North East and (c) £570 million...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many responses have been received to date in response to the consultation on the future configuration of local government in the North West Region from...

      Public Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what sources of public funding are available to local authorities other than Council Tax and central Government grant.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the size of central government grant to an elected regional assembly in (a) the North East, (b) the North West and (c) Yorkshire and...

      "Supporting People"

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the funding of "Supporting People" in Lancashire.

      Thurrock Urban Development Corporation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons greenfield green belt land has been included within the boundary of the area of the Thurrock Urban Development Corporation.

      Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) estimate and (b) provision he has made for expenditure by local authorities on opening sites for temporary accommodation by Travellers in the coming...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Expert Witnesses

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, for the Home Department what proportion of criminal cases involved evidence from expert witnesses in each of the last five years; and what proportion of these...

    • Court Fees

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) how the existence of the judicial power to waive or remit fees in the small claims track is publicised; (2) how...

  • Education and Skills

    • Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Connexions Partnerships have established their working arrangements with voluntary youth services by way of a partnership agreement.

    • Contingency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what terrorist contingency planning advice is available to schools and headteachers via the recently updated Teachernet website; (2)...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in (a) North Lincolnshire and (b) North East Lincolnshire which ran a deficit budget in 2001–02; and how much each...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total education budget is in Gloucestershire in 2003–04; what percentage of that budget is spent in schools; and if he will...

      Faith Schools

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

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children were entitled to free school meals in each school in a principal seaside town on the latest date for which...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils were eligible for free school meals in 2002–03, broken down by region; and if he...

      Homeless Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what arrangements are made for the continuation of social services support for a young person who has been refused a home by his or her...

      Jenny Gray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 30 January 2004, Official Report, columns 579–80W, under which section of the Code of Practice on Access to...

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what instruction he gives learning and skills councils on the extent of their written communications with hon. Members.

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to provide additional places for UK students wishing to train as a medical practitioner; and if he will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many days on average his Department took in Session 2002–03 to give a substantive answer to a Parliamentary Question for ordinary...

      School Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on new capital investments in each school in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne including private finance initiative...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in which year each (a) language college and (b) specialist school achieved specialist status; how many and what percentage of pupils at each...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in which year since 1992 each specialist school was established as such; in which year each of those schools which ceased to have specialist...

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of graduates in receipt of income contingent student loans who will take career breaks to bring up...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what financial assumptions were made in calculating the provision of £25 million to cover the cost of writing off outstanding student...

      Temporary Mobile Classrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in each London borough make use of temporary mobile classroom accommodation; and what the timetable for replacement of this...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Bankruptcies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many individuals in the East Riding of Yorkshire were declared bankrupt in each of the past five years.

    • Bankruptcies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) personal and (b) corporate bankruptcies there were in East Devon in each of the past seven years.

      Bankruptcies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) personal and (b) company bankruptcies in (i) Greater London and (ii) each London borough there were in each of the last three...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people in London have access to (a) broadband internet via satellite service and (b) average variable cost broadband; and if she will...

      Business Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 2 February 2004, Official Report, column 642W, on Business Link, when her Department will publish the gross...

      Business Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 2 February 2004, Official Report, column 642W, on Business Link, how many studies have been commissioned; what their...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes of 9 December 2003 concerning Mr.Trevor Sams of Totnes and business...

      Departmental Functions (Beer)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department's policy is on the serving of beer at official functions.

      EU (High Level Group)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list outstanding European Union issues due to come to the High Level Group under the International Accountancy Standards Board;...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many illegal fireworks were seized in (a) 2003 and (b) the past five years.

      Grocery Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment the Office of Fair Trading has made of the potential impact of encroachment by multiple stores into the convenience sector of...

      Ministerial Speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many speeches she made between 9 June 2003 and 1 February 2004; and where a copy of each speech can be obtained.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department has commissioned since 1998–99 to assess the impact of the National Minimum Wage on 16 to 17-year-olds...

      Offshore Oil and Gas Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arrangements are in place to enforce the provisions of the EU Social Chapter throughout the supply chain in construction projects for...

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the balance between the supply of (a) high, (b) intermediate and (c) lower level qualifications in the...

      Scientists (Productivity)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on levels of productivity amongst scientists in the UK.

      Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many small and medium- sized enterprises she estimates have started business in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

      University Science Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on (a) current and (b) future funding levels for university scientists in the UK.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the potential cost of prohibiting employees from working longer than an average 48 hours per week to (a) small...

  • House of Lords

    • Belfast Education and Library Board

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Belfast Education and Library Board calculates the amount of money that it allocates to primary schools.

    • Belfast Education and Library Board

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which primary school attracts the most money from the Belfast Education and Library Board per number of pupils in the primary school sector; and which school...

      Northern Ireland: Pre-Employment Consultancy Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average time taken to disclose relevant non-conviction police information following a Pre-Employment Consultancy Service check in Northern Ireland.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will take to facilitate the design of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank projects to help to fight corruption in the Democratic...

      Belfast: Waterways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 22 January (WA 145), which public authorities are adjacent landowners to the Knock and Connswater Rivers;...

      Northern Ireland: Public House Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 22 January (WA 145), whether they are aware of the percentage of subsisting public house licences held by...

      Northern Ireland: Teachers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether each of the five Education and Library boards in Northern Ireland advise their staff and interview panels that they are not governed by fair employment...

      House of Lords: Government Documents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will instruct departments that, when the Printed Paper Office of the House of Lords requests for Members' copies of documents published by them, these...

      Northern Ireland: Railways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to promote the railway line between Coleraine and Londonderry as a tourist attraction.

      Northern Ireland: Railways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When was the track on the railway line between Coleraine and Portrush relaid; and at what cost.

      House of Lords: Declarations of Interests

      asked the Chairman of Committees: When the Sub-Committee on Lords' Interests will report whether Members who are or have been employees of the European Union should declare that fact when...

      Asylum Appeals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How frequently during each of the last three years have asylum appeals been decided by adjudicators in the absence of Home Office presenting officers; and Whether...

      British-Irish Council: Minority Languages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the communique following the recent British-Irish Council Meeting in Cardiff, what were the agreed areas where enhanced co-operation at governmental level would...

      Traffic Courts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many specialist traffic courts there are; whether they intend to carry out a full evaluation of these courts; and if so, when the evaluation will be completed.

      Adoption

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any guidance has yet been issued to social services departments of local authorities in the light of the judgment delivered by the European Court of Human...

      Pensioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What number and proportion of pensioners are (a) homeowners with a mortgage; (b) homeowners without a mortgage; (c) tenants; and (d) living in other circumstances.

      Pensioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What number and proportion of pensioners who are receiving one or more income-related benefits are (a) homeowners with a mortgage; (b) homeowners without a...

      Pension Credit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether workers in the call centre handling applications for the new pension credit answer an average of seven calls per day; and, if so, why and how they intend...

      Pesticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How frequently Health and Safety Executive inspectors expect to examine the records of pesticide purchase and use required to be maintained by farmers and other...

      Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money Sport England has spent each year on capital and revenue costs at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre since 1997

      Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What services are currently offered by the English Institute of Sport to those athletes who use the facilities at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

      Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the relationship between the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and the English Institute of Sport.

      Licensed Premises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that witnesses to crime and disorder associated with licensed premises give evidence when licensing magistrates consider...

      Camelids: Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) whether they intend to test camelids (commonly known as alpacas and llamas) in the United Kingdom for tuberculosis; (b) if so, and if any subsequent tests...

      Customs and Excise: Veterinary Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the number of veterinary personnel working for Customs and Excise and port health authorities at international airports and major ports.

      Wild Boar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What wild boar in the United Kingdom feed on.

      Wild Boar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether wild boar have been known to attack persons in the United Kingdom.

      Wild Birds: Border Inspections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, without the requirement for a veterinary inspector's input, the current inspection regime for wild birds at border inspection points of the European Union...

      Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Economic Secretary on 22 January (HC Deb, 1420W), how much of the tax revenue raised from fuel duties was contributed by...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Where illegal meat seized at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports are incinerated.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy on passengers entering the United Kingdom at airports with illegal meat for their own consumption.

      Railways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 5 February (WA 120) in respect of Channel Tunnel services, to whom licensed railway undertakings...

      Railways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the level of profits made by rolling stock companies, they will take steps to refer the three rolling stock companies to the competition...

      Railways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to ensure an adequate supply of rolling stock over the next 10 years; and Whether present shortages of rolling stock in some sectors indicate...

      Railways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to overcome overcrowding of rolling stock in many provincial cities in England.

      Computer Monitors: Excise Duties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What view they take of the proposal of the European Union Committee on Excise Duties to reclassify computer monitors thereby permitting Customs authorities to...

      Ambulances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why ambulance services which maintain in-house vehicles leased to them by commercial firms will from 1 April 2004 be disqualified by Customs and Excise from...

      Statutory Instruments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list, by department, the number of statutory instruments issued each year since 1997.

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