Written answers

Friday, 27 February 2004

  • Wales

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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;...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many Parliamentary Questions have been tabled to his Department since 1 January 2003, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what...

  • Transport

    • Flight Delays (Terrorism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to UK businesses of flight delays between London and Washington due to terrorism alerts in recent months.

    • 10-year Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made (a) in London and (b) outside London in achieving the Ten-year Plan targets for growth of more than 12 per cent.by 2010...

      Bad Weather Disruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the cost of bad weather disruption to transport in London in each of the last five years.

      Crossrail Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether he will make changes to the ownership of Cross London Rail Links to manage the Crossrail scheme; (2) whether he will promote a Hybrid...

      Montreal Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many EU member states have yet to ratify the Montreal Convention.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve rail safety.

      Rural Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) villages and (b) towns in Lancashire have been served by rural bus services in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Food Crime

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what training (a) has been and (b) is intended to be provided for magistrates and judges on issues of food crime,...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether animal welfare agencies and charities have access to lists of (a) convicted animal rights abusers and (b) those...

    • Beef Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much beef was imported in each of the last five years, broken down by country of origin.

      Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she is taking in conjunction with other governments to aid the protection of endangered species.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what evidence she has from peer-reviewed research of increased yields of GM crops over non-GM crops grown in developing...

      Wild Ponies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many wild ponies there were on moors in each year since 2000.

      Integrated Administration and Control System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) total budget and (b) budget for administration were for the Integrated Administration and Control System panel...

      Market Towns Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment her Department has made of the impact of the Market Towns Initiative.

      Nirex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her news release of 16 July 2003, on radioactive waste management, if she will make a statement on (a) the...

      Recruitment Advertising

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

      Single Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will introduce historic payments under the Common Agricultural Policy in place of single farm payments.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to raise the Civil Service normal retirement age to 65; and if he will make a statement.

    • Government Car Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the letter from the Chief Executive of the Government Car and Despatch Agency referred to in his answer of 12 February 2004, Official...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Child Poverty

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

    • Live Music Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) budget and (b) aims of the live music task force are; and if she will make a statement.

      Scottish Football Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what responsibilities her Department has in relation to the Scottish football industry; and if she will make a statement.

  • Education and Skills

    • Individual Learning Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects the auditing of Individual Learning Account learning providers to be completed; and if he will make a statement.

    • Individual Learning Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many claims from Individual Learning Account learning providers have (a) been audited with evidence of fraud discovered, (b) been...

      Schools (Financial Management)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the ability of local education authorities to assist schools in improving their financial management skills.

      Medical Practitioner Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average annual fee is for a student studying to be a medical practitioner from (a) the UK, (b) another country in the European...

      School-University Relationship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information his Department collates on the relationship between an individual's first secondary school attended and the likelihood of...

      Sector Skills Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) cost in the last financial year and (b) purpose is of the Sector Skills Agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills with how many graduates who were in receipt of income contingent loans the Student Loans Company has lost contact since graduation; and what...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will provide a breakdown by expenditure category of the £2 billion annual Government spending on student loans referred to in...

      TeacherNet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 5 February 2004, Official Report, column 1033W, on TeacherNet, what proportion of the cost was incurred by (a) the...

      Working-age Population (Skills)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to reduce the number of people in the working age population in the North West Region with no qualifications.

      Workplace Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the role of trade union learning representatives in improving skill levels in the workplace; and if he will...

  • Scotland

    • Scottish Football Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what responsibilities his Department has in relation to the Scottish football industry; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Drug-related Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many drug-related deaths there were in people aged under (a) 21, (b) 30 and (c) 40 years in (i) the North West and (ii) Lancashire in the last year for...

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what procedures operate in cases where it is discovered that an overpayment of child tax credit has been made; and whether notification of the position is...

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the evidential basis was for his Department's decision to maintain the £30,000 turnover test for sub-contractors to receive gross payments under...

      Earnings Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for (a) male, (b) female and (c) all workers in (i) Scotland and (ii) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland the (A) weekly...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) by what rate real GDP grew in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the Republic of Ireland, (c) Denmark, (d) Sweden, (e) Finland, (f) Germany, (h) the...

      Electricity Generation (Fuel Taxation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, following the introduction of the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme, he will take steps to ensure that no fuels used in power stations for the...

      Government-guaranteed Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the instances of borrowing by private organisations since 1997–98 on which the Government have given a guarantee of any form; and what...

      Computer Initiatives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans he has to assess the proportion of private sector employees who received computers as a result of employer-provided home computer...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was raised through inheritance tax in each of the last 20 years.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list the changes in inheritance tax thresholds where the limit had been uplifted by inflation since 1997; (2) if he will list the changes...

      Project Aspire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 30 January 2004, Official Report, columns 569–70W, what the names were in each case of the individuals forming the Inland...

      Lord Butler

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when (a) Sir Nicholas Montagu KCB, Chairman of Inland Revenue, (b) Mr. Timothy Flesher CB, former Commissioner of Inland Revenue, (c) Mr. Gabriel Maklouf,...

      Mortality Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died from (a) cancer and (b) coronary heart disease in (i) Lancashire and (ii) the North West in the last year for which figures are...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much capital spending by the private sector there has been or is projected on Private Finance Initiative or associated schemes, using the same...

      Royal Mint

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the (a) net asset value and (b) annual profitability of the Royal Mint; and if he will make a statement.

      Savings Gateway Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what interim conclusions he has reached on the Savings Gateway project; and when he will report conclusions to Parliament.

      Savings Gateway Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to re-examine the introduction of a Savings Advice Gateway.

      Taxation (Self-assessment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what circumstances a person who pays tax under PAYE is also required to fill in a self-assessment form.

      Taxation (Self-assessment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what definitions of (a) employed and (b) self-employed are used by the Inland Revenue for the purpose of a self-assessment form for income tax.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 21 to 30, (ii) 31 to 40, (iii) 41 to 50 and (iv) 51 to 60 years have been unemployed for (A) less than one...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the vacancy taken up by Miss Ann Grinstead as a non-executive Director of the Valuation Office Agency was advertised; where the vacancy was advertised...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the current state of the negotiations on the island of Cyprus' future.

    • Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the initiative by Spain to challenge the extension of the European franchise to people of...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 19 January 2004, Official Report, column 924W, to the right hon. Member for Suffolk, Coastal (Mr....

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the Government are taking to encourage the Sri Lankan authorities to give full protection to religious minorities in...

      US Non-proliferation Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response Her Majesty's Government have made to the global non-proliferation and counter-proliferation initiative President...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement made by the hon. Member for Stretford and Urmston (Beverley Hughes) in Standing Committee on 27 January 2004,...

    • Citizenship/Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of applications for (a) naturalisation and (b) citizenship that will be made between January and the...

      Drug Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places are available in residential drug treatment services in England; and how many were available in each of the previous five years.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the availability of residential treatment for sex offenders in the community.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many students have been sent down from (a) the current intake and (b) each of the preceding three intakes to the Police Service of Northern...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Ballast Plc

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will establish an occupational pension rescue package for the former employees of Ballast plc following the company's liquidation; and if...

    • Direct Payment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are receiving benefits into post office card accounts, broken down by (a) Child Benefit, (b) veterans agency payments, (c)...

      EU Accession Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to provide support to citizens of EU accession states working within the UK when they cease employment, from 1 May...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners are claiming pension credit in (a) Vale of Clwyd constituency and (b) each ward in the County of Denbighshire; how many...

      Pensioner Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the pensioner population is in (a) the East Midlands and (b) England.

      Pensions (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the Pensions Bill will affect people in Northern Ireland; and whether there will be any assistance to those who have lost out in pension...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Post Office Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether interest will be paid on Post Office accounts opened for the purpose of benefit payments under the automated credit transfer system.

    • Broadband/Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry with whom she has held discussions on her strategy to encourage growth in the broadband and third-generation mobile phone sectors.

      Broadband/Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what strategy she is pursuing to encourage growth in the broadband and third-generation mobile phone sectors; and if she will make a statement.

      Business Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 6 February 2004, Official Report, column 1090W, on business link operators, which are the five business link...

      Cancun Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her policy regarding (a) the Cancun agreements on trade and (b) bilateral agreements.

      Cyber-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to deal with the threats to UK businesses from cyber-terrorism.

      F-16 Fighter Jets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many head-up display units have been supplied to the United States for incorporation into F-16 fighter jets since 2000; how many of these...

      Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 11 February 2004, Official Report, column 1476W, on fish, what the application numbers of the two transgenic fish...

      Military Equipment (Exports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the (a) amount and (b) make of (i) handguns, (ii) ammunition, (iii) weapons sights and (iv) gun mountings exported to Jamaica...

      Military Equipment (Exports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) Scorpion tanks, (b) Saracen Light Vehicles and (c) Hawk jets have been supplied to Indonesia since 1997; and if she will make a...

      Military Equipment (Exports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many of the rifles licensed for export to Nepal in 2001 were delivered; to whom; by whom they were manufactured; and if she will make a...

      Military Equipment (Exports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons 6,780 rifles licensed for export to Nepal in 2001 were not mentioned in table 4, Part III of the 2001 and 2002 annual report...

      Military Equipment (Exports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the (a) items, (b) quantities and (c) end use conditions attached to military exports to Nepal exported under licences...

      Personal Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 19 January 2004, Official Report, column 1041W, on personal computers, what steps she is taking to assess the (a)...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she plans to provide hon. and right hon. Members with a rationale for the proposed area plan in those areas that (a) are involved in...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether information from local authorities on infrastructure and regeneration projects already made available to Post Office Limited will be...

      Post Offices

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

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the contribution of renewable energy to the energy policy.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employees work for the Royal Mail; and if she will make a statement.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people work for Royal Mail in Lancashire.

  • Defence

    • Airfield Support Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2004, Official Report, column 1103W, how the public private partnership scheme for Airfield Support Services will be...

    • Anglo-French Battle Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements he will put in place for providing the necessary enabling personnel for the Anglo-French battle groups.

      Armed Forces Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his plans to raise the normal retirement age for members of the armed forces; what estimate he has made of the savings...

      Commandos (Winter Weather Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the dates on which (a) 40 Commando Brigade, (b) 42 Commando Brigade and (c) 45 Commando Brigade carried out winter weather training in...

      Commandos (Winter Weather Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Marines of 3 Commando Brigade were in Norway on cold weather exercise in January and February, broken down by commando unit.

      Commandos (Winter Weather Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Marines of 3 Commando Brigade have been sent home early from Norway due to lack of medical fitness owing to cold weather illnesses; and...

      Commandos (Winter Weather Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether cold weather sleeping bags are issued to Royal Marines of 3 Commando Brigade on winter weather training in Norway.

      Formation Readiness Cycle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his letter of 21 February, on the formation readiness cycle, whether the formation readiness cycle has met the delivery aims set out in the...

      Gulf War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Gulf War veterans of the 1990–91 campaign are estimated to be suffering from auto-immune induced osteoporosis; (2) what plans he...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements have been put in place in the southern sector of Iraq under British control to secure (a) state assets and (b) archaeological sites;...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the timing of the completion of the Status of Force Agreement for British troops in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the numbers of British service personnel based in Iraq.

      RM Condor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilians and (b) service personnel are based in RM Condor in Angus.

  • Health

    • Abortion/Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the link between induced abortion and breast cancer.

    • Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many 999 calls in the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service area have been answered by the Greater Manchester Ambulance Service in each of the last...

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many times in the past six months ambulance services have had 999 calls passed to them by BT operators who were unable to connect calls to the...

      Ancillary Medicine Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses, (b) midwives, (c) nursing assistants and (d) professionals ancillary to medicine were employed in the area of each primary care trust...

      Cancer Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards implementing the waiting time targets between referral and treatment by 2005 as outlined in the Cancer Plan; what...

      Children (Alcohol)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged between 11 and 15 years were admitted to hospital owing to alcohol-related problems in each of the last six years.

      Drug-related Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answers of 29 January 2004, Official Report, column 472W and 5 February 2004, Official Report, column 1065W on drug-related deaths, what...

      Contraceptive Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will increase funding for contraceptive services to ensure that (a) all methods of contraception including new methods are made available and...

      Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals each local authority in England funded to undergo residential drug rehabilitation in the last year for which figures are available.

      Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money each local authority in England and Wales spent on residential drug rehabilitation places in the last year for which figures are available.

      Early Intervention Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons no more than 27 early intervention teams have been established.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to establish the "Hepatitis C Strategy for England", published in consultation form in August 2002.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much he (a) has spent in each of the last five years and (b) plans to spend in each of the next five years on raising Hepatitis C awareness.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice has been issued to ethnic minority communities by the Food Standards Agency about the risk posed to human health through the consumption of...

      Lupus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialists there are who see patients suffering from Lupus (SLE).

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have died under restraint in mental health institutions in each of the last six years; and how many of these were from ethnic minorities.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trusts offer women-only mental health day care facilities in England.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average wait for a mental health bed is in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley.

      NHS Trusts (Chief Executive Misconduct)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 12 January 2004, Official Report, column 616W, on NHS Trusts (Chief Executive Misconduct), what advice was given by the Cheshire...

      Breast Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of women in (a) urban and (b) rural areas aged between 50 and 65 have undergone breast screening.

      TETRA Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to local authorities regarding health implications of TETRA masts.

      TETRA Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the findings were of the latest research commissioned by his Department is into health and safety aspects of TETRA masts; and what plans he has to...

      Welsh Hospital Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals have been closed in Wales since 1997.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Community Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what budgets have been allocated for (a) the Community Chest, (b) the Community Learning Chest and (c) the Community Empowerment Fund for each financial year from...

    • Decent Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of local authority dwellings in North Tyneside which do not meet the decent homes standard; and what estimate he has made...

      EU Structural Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2004, Official Report, column 739W, on European Regional Funding, what the level of matched funding is (a) in financial terms...

      HMOs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list those respondents to Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation in England, a consultation paper, who believed that university owned or managed...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the statutory definition is of intentional homelessness.

      Merseyside Pathfinder

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much of the £86 million which has been awarded to the Merseyside Pathfinder will go to Sefton.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 23 February 2004, Official Report, columns 27–28W, on local government finance, what the total gross English local authority...

      Non-domestic Rate Pool

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to consult on changing the operation of the national non-domestic rate pool.

      Parliamentary Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many parliamentary constituencies make up (a) the North West region, (b) the North East region and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber region.

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for how long he has been considering the planning application (SUN/2963/11 or GOSE/103/3/VALE/29) for residential development on the Foxcombe Road site of the old...

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons he submitted to judgment in the High Court the planning application (SUN/2963/11 or GOSE/103/3/VALE/29) for residential development on the...

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost of the time (a) his officials and (b) officials of the Government office for the South East spent on dealing with the...

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what targets he has set for the time taken to reconsider planning applications after a decision he has taken is legally challenged successfully.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the evidential basis was for his estimate that an elected regional assembly would have (a) running costs of £25 million a year and (b) set-up costs of...

      Regional Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2004, Official Report, column 743W, on regional funding, whether the recipient organisations were ever under local authority...

      Retirement Age

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his plans to raise the normal retirement age for firefighters; what estimate he has made of the savings from raising the normal...

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