Written answers

Wednesday, 25 February 2004

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will take steps to ensure that the texts of ministerial letters sent to hon. Members in respect of written answers are printed in the Official Report.

  • Transport

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many days on average his Department took in Session 2002–03 to give a substantive answer to a parliamentary Question for Ordinary Written...

    • Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the relative effectiveness of (a) inconspicuous speed cameras accompanied by high-profile advertising and road signs and...

      Speed Cameras

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

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes to (a) emission levels, (b) fuel consumption, (c) accident rates and (d) severity of accidents he estimates would result from an increase...

      Road Resurfacing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of the trunk road network has been (a) re-surfaced and (b) re-surfaced with lower noise surfacing in each of the last three years.

      Vehicle Insurance/Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures his Department is taking to reduce the number of motor vehicles on the roads (a) without insurance and (b) without road taxation.

      Vehicle Insurance/Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures he plans to take to reduce the number of uninsured drivers.

  • Wales

    • Structural Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Treasury on matching the funds of Objective 1 payments.

    • Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received about the crime figures in North Wales.

      NHS Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales Government on the funding of the NHS in Wales.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to provide fiscal incentives to support the manufacture of renewable energy products in...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many Welsh residents are in English prisons.

      Toxic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the transfer of toxic waste from Wales to England.

      Cockle Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary regarding the Dee Cockle Regulation Order.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Home Office on the use of legislation to tackle anti-social behaviour in Wales.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has held with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales on flooding in Wales.

      Recruitment Advertising

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

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what (a) opinion polling and (b) market research projects have been carried out by the Government on the issue of military action against Iraq since 2001, broken down by...

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what assessment he has made of whether Iraq could launch a chemical, biological or nuclear attack against the UK mainland before publication of the September 2002...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what assessment he made of whether Iraq (a) had provided chemical and biological weapons to al-Qaeda and (b) intended to conduct chemical and biological terrorist...

  • Defence

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British Service personnel (a) have committed suicide in Iraq or since returning to the UK from Iraq and (b) have been returned to the UK from...

    • Operation Telic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will investigate the concerns expressed by Justin Bowen, a Royal Army Medical Corps Private, and Vicky Bowen, a member of the Queen Alexandra Royal...

      Recruitment Advertising

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

      Service Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will reassess the eligibility criteria for the award of gallantry medals in relation to operations in Iraq.

  • Treasury

    • European Council of Finance Ministers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held on 10 February; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and...

    • Financial Instruments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on its use of derivatives and related financial instruments.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people (a) have taken-up and (b) are entitled to tax credit in (i) the North West, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) Chorley.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many abandoned vehicles have been recovered in South Yorkshire in each of the last three years.

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what aircraft pollution monitoring arrangements are in place in the vicinity of Heathrow airport; and who operates each site.

      Asbestos Cement Pipes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance her Department offers on the use of asbestos cement pipes to carry drinking water.

      Aviation Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the Government's target figure of carbon dioxide emissions in 2050 she estimates will be taken up by...

      Carbon Sinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the environmental benefits accruing from the ability of (a) sugar beet and (b) other crops to...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to achieve the Government's targets of (a) ending child poverty by 2020, (b) halving it...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on Common Agricultural Policy reform and help provided to poorer farmers under the policy.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Spelthorne of 6 January 2004 regarding Mr. M. Gillard of Staines.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to her reply to the hon. Member for Pendle of 6 November 2003 on the dedication of land under section 16 of...

      Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

      English Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to promote English (a) beef and (b) lamb.

      English Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the spend of her Department is on the promotion of English (a) beef and (b) lamb in the current financial year.

      Equine Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the impact of the proposal that veterinary surgeons complete silhouettes for equine...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect on farm diversification of pre-1983 agricultural tenancy conditions which refer to...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the total amount of Common Agricultural Policy subsidy paid to English farms in 2003, broken down by county;...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Common Agricultural Policy payments were made to farmers in each English county in 2003; and what the total area was...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the reliability of catch landing figures obtained by her Department is in determining fish stocks in British fishing...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the effect is of the removal of large cod from a fishery on the overall levels of recruitment to a fishery.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the EU (a) Necessity and (b) Recovery research programme on selective gear is scheduled to start; what the cost of each...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate how many properties have benefited from flood defence funding since 1997 broken down by constituency.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what flood defences were funded by her Department, broken down by constituency, since 1997.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to protect houses that have been built on flood plains.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the recommendations of the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group in its second annual report to...

      Gangmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage employees to be proactive in preventing illegal working, as stated in paragraph 24 of...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations the Devolved Administrations in (a) Wales and (b) Scotland have made to her Department regarding the...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the acceptable threshold under EU law is for the contamination of non-GM crops planted in the UK with GM traits.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to refuse permission for the planting of GM crops before bringing laws into effect on (a)...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she will make in the Council of Ministers regarding the European Commission's decision to support a...

      Hen Harriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the population of hen harriers in the UK was (a) at the latest date for which figures are available and (b) in...

      Hen Harriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she last met (a) English Nature and (b) the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to discuss hen harriers; (2)...

      Hen Harriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions she has had with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee on (a) hen harriers and (b) Operation...

      Ivory Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the proposed sales of ivory stockpiles do not conceal illegal trade.

      Large Combustion Plant Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how she will implement the Large Combustion Plant Directive; and if she will make a statement.

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) beef and (b) lamb was imported into the United Kingdom from countries outside the EU in each of the last three years.

      Migrant Workers (Cockle Industry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to tackle the illegal exploitation of migrant workers in the cockle industry, with...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of milk imports to the UK came from Poland in the latest period for which figures are available; and what...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much milk was imported in the last three years, broken down by country of origin; and what percentage of the total milk...

      Ministerial Visit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she last visited a grouse moor in an official capacity.

      Organic Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many organic farms there were in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each of the last three years.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who the members of the (a) Joint Nature Conservation Committee and (b) Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee were...

      Raptors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) the impact of the UK Raptor Working Group and (b) the health of the raptor population;...

      Raptors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what means of control are available to a landowner where biodiversity on his land is endangered by an excess population of...

      Raptors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the current estimated population is of (a) buzzards, (b) peregrine falcons, (c) hobbies, (d) merlins, (e) ospreys, (f)...

      Raptors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what systems her Department has for monitoring the (a) numbers and (b) impact of raptors in the UK; (2) what analysis...

      Raptors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) cost and (b) efficacy of English Nature's raptor programmes.

      Raptors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the outcome of the red kite reintroduction programme in England.

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the first Single Farm Payments to be made.

      Trophy Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on trophy-hunting.

      Warm Front

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she is taking to improve the effectiveness of the Warm Front programme following the recommendations of the Fifth...

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she plans to commission into the effects on health of low frequency noise from wind turbines.

      World Environment Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to mark World Environment Day on 5 June; and if she will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Minutes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is her Department's policy to make notes of (a) meetings and (b) telephone conversations involving Ministers; and under what...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many days on average her Department took in Session 2002–03 to give a substantive answer to a parliamentary question for...

      Tobacco Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects the Tobacco Task Force to (a) report next and (b) be wound up.

  • Home Department

    • Work Permits (Health Workers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued to health workers for each of the top 10 medical specialties in each of the last 10 years.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will make a decision on the asylum application ref: R333201 of the Saudi Arabian constituent of the hon. Member for Putney.

      Car Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) car thefts and (b) thefts from cars were reported in Worcester in each year since 1997.

      Crime (Havering and Romford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons under the age of 18 were convicted of criminal offences last year in (a) Romford and (b) the London Borough of Havering.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 28 January 2003, Official Report, column 440W, regarding the Criminal Records Bureau, if he will place a copy of...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to enable the Criminal Records Bureau to access information from Customs and Excise and Immigration authorities.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will commission research to assess the effectiveness of the Criminal Records Bureau in protecting children.

      Female Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many girls aged (a) 15, (b) 16 and (c) 17 years were held in prisons in England and Wales in each of the last five years; in which...

      Fixed Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices have been issued by community support officers; and for what offences.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Oral Answer of 19 January 2004, Official Report, column 1073, on the Forensic Science Service, what extra resources the...

      Identity Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the individuals arrested in operations against identity theft of British passports have been (a) charged and (b) convicted; what...

      Leyhill Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the events which led to the escape of Mr. Roddy Maclean from Leyhill Prison.

      New Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who is carrying out the survey to identify suitable sites for new, large prisons; and what the terms and conditions of the survey are.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many plain-clothes officers are deployed by police forces in England and Wales.

      Police

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

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has published on (a) the vision levels that police drivers need to achieve and (b) how frequently they should...

      Police

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

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines are published by his Department on the disciplinary code for police drivers.

      Police

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

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what Government criteria there are for (a) siting of police cells, (b) the number of police cells and (c) conditions of police cells.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the displacement of crime from areas subject to intensive policing...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the prison health care centre in Liverpool has entered into a commercial cleaning contract.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many suicides there have been in safe cells in each of the last two years; (2) what estimate he has made of the average costs of a...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners escaped from prisons in each of the past six years, broken down by (a) date, (b) category of offender and (c) prison; and...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list by prison the number of out-of-cell hours that prisoners are permitted.

      Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 9 February 2004, Official Report, column 1290W, on sentences, whether the extension of penalty fines to 10 to...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the proposed total headcount is for (a) agents, (b) management and (c) administrators for the Serious Organised Crime Agency; and what...

      Women Prisoners (Drug Offences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women are in prison for (a) drug offences, (b) drug trafficking offences and (c) supply offences; and of these groups of women, what...

      Young Offenders Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether resources available for young offenders institutions will be increased during 2004.

  • Education and Skills

    • Child Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what resources are available under the Children Act 1989 for local authorities to care for child victims of trafficking; and if he will make...

    • Children's Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what reductions he intends to make in the allocation of funding to the Children's Fund; what consultation has taken place with the key...

      Civil Servants

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

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent from central government funds per pupil on (a) primary and (b) secondary education in (i) the East Riding of Yorkshire...

      Employer Training Pilot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the roll-out of the Employer Training Pilot.

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students have started Foundation Degrees since they were introduced; and what proportion have completed the courses.

      Millennium Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the Department will announce which organisations will deliver the Millennium Volunteers programme.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) specialist schools and (b) non-specialist schools are designated under section 102 of the School Standards and Framework Act...

      Student Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2004, Official Report, column 1030W, by the Minister for Education (Lifelong Learning and Higher...

      UK Students Overseas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many UK students studied abroad on full-time courses in (a) the EU, (b) the USA and (c) the Commonwealth in the most recent year for...

      Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the age profile is of first degree entrants to UK universities (a) in 2003–04, (b) five years ago and (c) 10 years ago, broken...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Cyprus Travel Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice he provided to tourists inquiring about the safety of travel to Cyprus in mid to late March 2003.

    • European Union (Criminal Injuries Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what schemes are available for UK citizens injured in (a) an EU member state and (b) an EU accession state to have access to...

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent of human rights abuses by Russian forces in Chechnya.

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Japan on the current human rights situation in (a) North Korea and (b) China.

  • International Development

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many days on average his Department took in Session 2002–03 to give a substantive answer to a parliamentary question for...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • House Prices (Seaside Towns)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average house price was in each ward in each principal seaside town in England and Wales in the latest month for...

    • Outstanding Debt (Preston Courts)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much outstanding debt is held in the Preston courts.

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs on what evidence he based his decision that (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the North West region was suitable to...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Business Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding has been allocated by her Department to supporting (a) science, (b) innovation, (c) enterprise and (d) competition for each...

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2004, Official Report, columns 642–43W, to the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) if she will...

      EU Structural Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure was provided through (i) EU structural funds and (ii) by regional development agencies in each of...

      EU Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has made to European commissioners on the strengthening of multilateral trading systems; and if she will make a statement.

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Export Credits Guarantee Department has been approached for political risk insurance claims by (a) ANZ Bank, (b) Standard...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether (a) Kier International and (b) Whessoe have approached the Export Credits Guarantee Department for a claim in relation to the Dabhol...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Export Credits Guarantee Department will next produce a report on the comparison of export credit agencies; and if she will make a...

      Gas Network System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what plans she has to work with industry to extend the gas network system; (2) if she will make a statement on the use made of European...

      Near Earth Objects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Government's contribution to the funding of the Minor Planet Centre.

      Near Earth Objects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to establish a British centre for near earth objects; and if she will make a statement.

      Near Earth Objects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress in seeking partners to build in the southern hemisphere an advanced new three metre-class survey...

      Near Earth Objects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress in dedicating the one metre Johannes Kapteyn Telescope on La Palma to follow-up observations of near...

      Regional Selective Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses in (a) London and (b) England applied for regional selective assistance in each year since it came into existence.

      Sakhalin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what account she will take of the potential impact on endangered grey whales in considering requests for export credit guarantees in...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Fenestration Self-assessment Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 5 January 2004, Official Report, column 142W, on the Fenestration Self-assessment Scheme, whether the scheme requires its members to...

    • Retail Stores (Extensions)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when his Department will complete its research into the extent to which retailers are using internal extensions to expand their stores without planning...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the population of England and Wales was claiming Incapacity Benefit on the latest date for which figures are available; (a)...

    • Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost is of running two systems side by side during the Jobcentre Plus rollout in (a) Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and (b) the South...

      Medical Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many doctors have had approval to carry out assessments on behalf of the Department revoked in each of the last five years, broken down by...

      Pensioner Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the proportion of the value of means-tested benefits unclaimed by pensioners.

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost to his Department of payments to employers in respect of statutory sick pay was in each of the last five years.

  • Health

    • Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking with respect to those suffering from allergies; and if he will make a statement.

    • Brachytherapy Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer, 16 December 2003, Official Report, column 877W, to the hon. Member for Christchurch (Mr. Chope), on brachytherapy treatment, by...

      Carbonated Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the dangers to young people's health of regularly drinking carbonated soft drinks.

      Child Health Surveillance Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of (a) 8-year-olds, (b) 9-year-olds, (c) 10-year-olds, (d) 11-year-olds, (e) 5-year-olds, (f) 6-year-olds and (g) 7-year-olds were...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to achieve the Government's targets of (a) ending child poverty by 2020, (b) halving it by 2010 and (c) reducing it by...

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) in what ways eligibility criteria for chiropody waiting lists have changed in the last two years; and how many patients have been removed from...

      Coronary Care

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

      Coronary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many coronary artery bypass graphs were undertaken by each NHS hospital trust in each of the last three years.

      Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients with haemophilia there are in (a) England and (b) the South West; and if he will make a statement.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rationale was for the decision to disallow compensation from the Hepatitis C ex gratia scheme for the dependants of those who died of the disease...

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 20 January 2004, Official Report, column 1110W, on long-term care, whether the methodology used to arrive at this figure is the...

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2004, Official Report, column 559W, on long-term care, which specific benefits are referred to in point seven of the...

      Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines, other than International Commission Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection emission levels, are used by (a) the Health and Safety Executive...

      Medical Research (Animals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 2 February 2004, Official Report, column 1129W, on medical research (animals), how much the Government contributed to the 2002...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidance on recommended procedures for control and restraint of mental...

      MMR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged between five and 15 years developed (a) measles, (b) mumps and (c) rubella in each of the last 10 years.

      Obesity-related Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology his Department used to estimate the number of deaths from obesity-related diseases; and if he will make a statement.

      Podiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will collect a sample of the discharge rates, whether complete or not, of NHS podiatry services, to enable the Government to estimate how many...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases was in the areas covered by (a) the Greater Peterborough Primary Care Trust and (b) the Norfolk,...

      Soft Drinks (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has made to the United Kingdom soft drinks industry about distribution of soft drinks in schools.

      SPIRIT Trial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) by what date the National Cancer Research Network expects to have all 300 patients recruited for the SPIRIT trial; (2) what the status is of the...

      Tendring Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on plans to close general practitioner surgeries in (a) Holland-on-Sea and (b) Great Clacton in Tendring Primary Care Trust.

      Tendring Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation has been undertaken by Tendring Primary Care Trust regarding the proposed closure of general practitioner surgeries in Holland-on-Sea.

      Tendring Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what sites were considered by Tendring Primary Care Trust for its new headquarters; (2) what sites were considered by Tendring Primary Care Trust...

      Tendring Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost is of the new surgery general practitioners centre in Kennedy Way, Clacton-on-Sea; and what proportion of the site will be...

      Tendring Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the recommendation of Tendring Community Health Council was in the consultation on (a) moving the Primary Care Trust headquarters and (b) closing (i)...

      Tendring Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to close further general practitioner surgeries in the Tendring Primary Care Trust area after the proposed closure of Frinton Road...

      Tendring Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds are being provided by Tendring Primary Care Trust to transport residents of Holland-on-Sea to the new Kennedy Way general practitioner surgery...

      UK Medicines (Name Changes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for implementing the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency awareness campaign for nurses about the recent name changes...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the latest estimate is of the cost of the Saville Inquiry; (2) which Departments will meet the costs of the Saville Inquiry; and in...

    • Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many lawyers have been employed during the course of the Saville Inquiry; and what the latest estimate of the costs of employing lawyers...

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether there is a Northern Ireland-based strategy to address childhood and adult obesity; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland: Relevant Non-conviction Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions the Police Service of Northern Ireland disclosed relevant non-conviction information following a Pre-Employment Consultancy Service check in...

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland: Relevant Non-conviction Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all relevant non-conviction information relating to the protection of children has been back-recorded to the Police Service of Northern Ireland Integrated...

      Poultry Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any poultry products from countries from which imports are banned have been seized in the United Kingdom over the last four months.

      Government Information Technology Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the eight most common causes of failure in respect of government information technology projects referred to recently by Peter Gershon, head of the Office...

      Railway Rolling Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of allegations of oligopoly pricing in the provision of rolling stock to the railway industry, whether they will consider leasing outside the present...

      Museums: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the Goodison report: Securing the best for our Museums: Private giving and Government support.

      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...

      Fire and Rescue Authorities: Risk Management Plans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the national 1985 standards of fire cover will be withdrawn and replaced by fire cover arrangements based upon individual integrated risk management plans...

      Computer Hackers: Sentencing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they respond to the call from Len Hynds of the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit for reform of sentencing policy in respect of hackers breaking into computer systems.

      Terrorist Offences: Arrests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of those arrested in November and December 2003 on suspicion of terrorist offences had at some point applied for asylum in the United Kingdom.

      Afghan Hijackers: Immigration Status

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the Afghans who landed at Stansted Airport in February 2000 in a hijacked aircraft are still in Britain; and what their immigration status is now.

      Midwifery Students

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many student midwives there were in each of the past 10 years for which figures are available; and for each of those academic years: (a) how many student...

      Cockle Fishing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider organised, large-scale commercialisation of cockle harvesting is sustainable.

      Access Rights: Local Signage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the consultation on the draft framework and guidance on local signage required to implement the new access rights, which was issued in December 2003, had a...

      Defra: Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs budget overspend last year; and what is the expected overspend for this year.

      Wild Boar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated number of wild boar in the United Kingdom; and In which areas of the United Kingdom they believe wild boar may be located.

      Animal Imports: Live Wild Caged Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy on trade in live wild caged birds.

      Animal Imports: Live Wild Caged Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many live wild birds have been imported directly into the European Union during the past five years from each of Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos,...

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