Written answers

Wednesday, 3 March 2004

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House how many Parliamentary Questions have been tabled to him since 1 January 2003, broken down by (a) Ordinary Written and (b) Named Day; what percentage in respect of...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to his Department of administering Child Benefit was (a) in total and (b) per claimant in the last year for which figures are available.

    • Contraband/Counterfeit Goods (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the (a) quantity and (b) monetary value of (i) illegal fuel, (ii) cigarettes and (iii) counterfeit goods seized over the last year in...

      National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of real personal disposable income was in each year since 1980; and what the percentage change was in each year compared with the previous year.

      Independent Brewers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent meetings he has had with representatives of independent brewers.

      Occupational Physiotherapy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to address the different tax treatment of in-house occupational physiotherapy and a contracted service.

      Office of Government Commerce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what annual records are kept on Government Department purchases from portfolio contract holders by the Office of Government Commerce; and if he will make a...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      PFI/PPP Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) public finance initiative and (b) public private partnership contracts have been signed for Lancashire projects in each of the last three...

      Small Business Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with representatives of small and medium enterprises on changes to the taxation of small businesses.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to public funds would be of making 2 per cent. the highest rate of stamp duty levied above existing thresholds.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from (a) the Child Poverty Action Group and (b) other charities regarding (i) the administration of the Child Tax...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to public funds would be of reducing the standard rate of income tax to 21 per cent.

      Thalidomide Trust

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the current draft agreement between the Inland Revenue and the Thalidomide Trust.

      UK Presidencies (G8/EU)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the last 12 months on the priorities the Government intend to pursue when the UK assumes the...

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution his Department is making to the development of education in Bangladesh.

    • Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on aid to Haiti.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has held with the Department of Trade and Industry concerning the involvement of UK companies in the Democratic...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to increase aid to India.

      Doha Trade Round

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the significance for developing countries of completing the Doha trade round.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the extent is of collaboration with other EU donors to ensure that humanitarian aid to Uganda is effective.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the humanitarian crisis in northern Uganda; and what action he is taking to address it.

      Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's budget will be spent in Commonwealth countries in 2003–04; and what percentage change upon...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action his Department is taking to tackle HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's contribution to the global campaign to tackle AIDS.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on development assistance to Ethiopia.

      Employee Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department provides support to governments actively to develop employee ownership of business units programmes.

      Employee Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department provides to governments undertaking privatisation programmes to enable employees to buy and run businesses.

      CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the airline travel policy for the directors of (a) CDC and (b) Actis is in respect of (i) European and (ii) inter-continental flights.

      CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the total cost of the reorganisation of CDC and Actis.

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance has been given to Chad to deal with displaced people from Darfur, Sudan.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what GM crops are being grown in developing countries; and what the advantages over the comparable non-GM crops are of these crops, as...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contracts have been placed by (a) the United States of America, (b) the United Kingdom and (c) other countries and institutions...

      IT Companies (Working Conditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to encourage IT firms to ensure that all their sub-contractors in developing countries provided decent working...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to assist economic development in the Middle East.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the scale of the movement of refugees from North Korea to China since 1995.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his policy on development aid to North Korea.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of energy supplies in North Korea; and what steps his Department is taking to improve them.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much emergency (a) medical and (b) food aid was provided by the United Kingdom to North Korea in each of the last 10 years.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of food supplies in North Korea; and what steps his Department is taking to improve them.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Government of North Korea about its plans to install (a) broadband, (b) internet technology and (c)...

  • Transport

    • Air Passengers (Firearms)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what rules apply to passengers transporting guns on air journeys (a) departing from, (b) arriving at and (c) passing through British airports.

    • Chorley Railway Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government are contributing towards improving Chorley Railway Station.

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many aircraft movements there were in each period from November to October since 1980 at Heathrow.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what grants were awarded to local authorities in Dorset by his Department in financial year 2003–04 that fall outside the revenue support grant.

      Lorry Road User Charge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the net cost to hauliers of the introduction of the Lorry Road User Charge; and if he will make a statement.

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what further developments are planned to improve the (a) safety and (b) capacity of (i) junctions and (ii) carriageways on the M1 between junctions 15...

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons carriageway closures are in place between junction 1 and junction 2 of the M1 motorway; when this stretch of motorway was last subject...

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the purpose of the planned four-lane M6.

      Ministerial Speeches

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

      PowerShift Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the PowerShift project; and if he will make a statement.

      PowerShift Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the status of the PowerShift project is; how many new applications have been processed this year; how many new applications are being dealt with;...

      Road Transport Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to publish the draft regulations implementing the Road Transport Directive.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many challenges there have been to speed camera fines in the last 12 months.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the costs were of (a) purchasing and (b) operating speed cameras in Essex in each of the last six (i) financial and (ii) calendar years for which...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to remove speed cameras from non-hazardous sections of road.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the Ministers who have travelled to Big Conversation meetings in their ministerial cars.

    • Civil Service Bill

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps are being taken to introduce a Civil Service Bill in this session of Parliament.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many of the buildings for which his Office has responsibility are vacant.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what grants were awarded to local authorities in Dorset by his Department in financial year 2003–04 that fall outside the revenue support grant.

      Online Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which Government services are available online.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many appointments to public bodies were of people with party political affiliations in each of the last three years; and what those appointments were.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many special advisers occupy offices maintained at public expense.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals will be tested as a result of the proposed EU REACH legislation on chemicals; and if she will set out the...

    • Agriculture and Fisheries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made with the renegotiation of the December Fisheries Council; and whether the issue of the impact of...

      Animal By-Products Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2004, Official Report, column 1558W, on Animal By-products Regulations, what assessment...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will respond to the Farm Animal Welfare Council report of June 2003 on welfare at slaughter; and if she will make a...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what position her Department is taking in discussions within the European Union on maximum journey times for animals destined...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the levels of antibiotics being fed to animals; and what the figures were 10 years ago.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation prohibits (i) a farmer and (ii) any other person from (A) purchasing, (B)...

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will lift the six-day rule which applies to auction marts and slaughterhouses.

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many calves have been refused passports because they have not been registered within 27 days in each of the last three years.

      Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what projections she has made of the future population of (a) dolphins and (b) porpoises within (i) British waters and (ii)...

      Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the (a) dolphin and (b) porpoise populations within (i) British waters and (ii) European Union...

      Country Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress her Department is making on its revision of the Country Code; and whether the revised code will require dogs to...

      Horses and Ponies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many equines were slaughtered for human consumption in England in each year since 2000, broken down by type; (2)...

      Horses and Ponies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which EU Directive or Regulation requires horse traceability for disease surveillance purposes; (2) what recent...

      Horses and Ponies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to the Department of implementing the minimum values legislation was in each of the last three years.

      Illegal Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the establishment of a single agency to address legal and illegal imports of food.

      Illegal Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of local authorities in the detection of illegal meat imports that have...

      Illegal Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will report to Parliament on the progress of the illegal meat strategy.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the sufficiency of resources allocated to HM Customs and Excise to address illegal meat...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role her Department has played in tackling the import of illegal meat.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether the Ad Hoc Ministerial Group 23 will consult organisations outside Government when undertaking the review of...

      Knackeries/Hunt Kennels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many knackeries were licensed in the UK in each year since 2000; (2) how many hunt kennels were licensed in the UK...

      Motor Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are being taken to prevent unauthorised off-road motor cycling.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to her Department since 1 January 2003, broken down by (a) ordinary written...

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps her Department is taking (a) to collect and (b) to publish data for the regular two-yearly monitoring of the...

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the concentration was of (a) nitrogen dioxide, (b) sulphur dioxide and (c) benzene in each (i) London borough and (ii)...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to regulate public fisheries.

      Publicity Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) her Department and (b) each agency and non-departmental public body sponsored by her Department spent on (i)...

      Recruitment Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has spent on recruitment advertising in each year since 1997.

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will instruct the Rural Payments Agency to change its policy on accepting an initialled alteration of a figure on a...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces (Irish Citizens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many citizens of the Republic of Ireland are serving in Her Majesty's armed forces.

    • Army Strength

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the (a) establishment and (b) strength of all ranks above major in the Army; and if he will make a statement.

      Army Strength

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons units are receiving lists of names for manning control review.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military personnel are deployed in Colombia; and how many Colombian military personnel are being trained in the UK.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British military exercises have taken place in Kenya in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) number of troops involved and (b) length...

      Missile Defence Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenses are expected to be met from the Government's investment in the Missile Defence Centre; what expenses will be met by industry; how much...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the number of ballistic missiles (a) owned and (b) exported by North Korea; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Queen's Lancashire Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future role of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment the Government have made of the impact of the proposals in the draft Gambling Bill on consumer debt.

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of the proposals outlined in the draft Gambling Bill upon the work of social services departments.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of the proposals outlined in the draft Gambling Bill upon the number of casino planning and...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of the proposals in the draft Gambling Bill upon (a) problem gambling and (b) money laundering.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research her Department has assessed into the links between use of gaming machines by under 18-year-olds and the prevalence of...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to commission a baseline study on the prevalence of problem gambling in the United Kingdom.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the merits of adopting a harm-indexed approach to forms of gambling.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the link between levels of problem gambling and restrictions on the use of gaming machines by under 18s...

      Grants (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what grants that fall outside the revenue support grant were made available to (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley from her Department in...

      Grants (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding and grants are given for theatres in Chorley.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her plans to make the distribution of National Lottery funds more responsive to public opinion.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Heritage Lottery funding was given to each of the principal seaside towns in England and Wales from (a) the inception of the...

      Parthenon Sculptures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received from the Greek Government regarding the ownership of the Parthenon Sculptures.

      Satellite Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with service providers on access to free-to-view, commercial terrestrial channels, via satellite;...

      Television Licence (Pensioners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will fund free television licences for pensioners.

  • Scotland

    • Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what measures have been introduced to encourage use of public transport by the disabled.

    • Supreme Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received on the appropriate number of Scottish members of the new Supreme Court.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Cardiology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what benefits derive from local hospitals providing nurse-led cardiac care services.

    • Cardiology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the cost of local hospitals providing a mobile coronary care service involving (a) a senior house officer and (b) nurses only.

      Cardiology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what actions doctors can take as part of a mobile coronary care service that cardiology nurses are unable to offer.

      Departmental Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte and Touche, (c) Ernst and...

      Departmental Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte and Touche, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) KPMG have made to his Department since 2001;...

      Doctors' Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hours on average were worked weekly by (a) consultants, (b) registrars, (c) senior house officers and (d) junior house officers at each...

      Ethnic and Religious Integration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much emphasis in targeting social need is given to integrating ethnic and religious groups.

      Fatal Shootings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the circumstances were of the fatal shooting involving members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland on 29 April.

      Giant's Causeway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the timetable is for the restoration of the visitor centre at the Giant's Causeway, County Antrim; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Service (Complaints)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints were received in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months by each health trust regarding (a) hospital, (b) community and (c)...

      Autistic Spectrum Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of sufferers of autistic spectrum disorders in Northern Ireland are deemed to have a learning disability.

      Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2004, Official Report, column 946W, on physiotherapy, if he will provide six monthly totals for each of the...

      Integrated Transport System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in the development of an integrated transport system for Northern Ireland.

      Intergovernmental Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) cost and (b) number of staff was in the (i) North-South Ministerial Council, (ii) British Irish Council and (iii)...

      Intergovernmental Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many meetings of the (a) North-South Ministerial Council, (b) British-Irish Inter-Governmental Conference and (c) British Irish Council took...

      Olympic Bid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in relation to the London 2012 Olympic Bid; and what steps...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Child/Adolescent Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the longest time is for which a person has waited for child and adolescent psychiatry assessment in each board or trust area where the...

      Child/Adolescent Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals are waiting for assessment by child and adolescent psychiatry services.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what evidence he has collated on road traffic accidents caused by slow driving.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what research he has collated regarding the impact of speed cameras on the number of road traffic accidents; and if he will make a statement.

      Victims Memorial Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Government intend to provide additional funding to the Northern Ireland Memorial Fund for Victims; and if he will make a statement.

      Waste Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many district councils in Northern Ireland offer a household waste recycling service.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Business Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department has taken to reduce administrative demands of Business Link projects on small businesses.

    • Business Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the 10 projects to reform the regulatory environment for small business referred to in figure 19.3 of the...

      Business Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many firms have been helped by (a) grants for research and development, (b) grants for investigating an innovative idea and (c) knowledge...

      Business Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money has been spent on the Small Firms Loan Guarantee scheme since it was created; and of this total, how much has been spent on...

      Consumer Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the (a) responsibilities and (b) planned expenditure of Consumer Direct for each year between 2003 and 2006.

      Debt Collection Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what regulations exist for debt collection agencies regarding the amount of evidence that must be represented to them before they take up a claim.

      Department Branding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much her Department spent on branding the Department between 1997–98 and 2003–04, broken down by (a) consultancy fees, (b)...

      Dirigibles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department has conducted on the potential (a) environmental and (b) economic benefits that could be derived from dirigibles...

      Disadvantaged Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to encourage enterprise in disadvantaged communities.

      E-commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures her Department is taking to regulate the use of (a) symbols and (b) hallmarks by web-traders.

      E-commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses have been accredited with the TrustUK e-hallmark in each year since its inception; and what assessment her Department has...

      Engineering/Manufacturing Jobs (North-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many jobs in (a) engineering and (b) manufacturing have been lost in (i) the North West and (ii) Lancashire since 1997.

      Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to minimise the impact of working days lost owing to labour disputes on the (a) public administration, (b)...

      Information Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures her Department have taken to ensure that Government Departments are adequately protected from internet hackers and fraudsters.

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many inward investment decisions were made in the United Kingdom in each year between 1999 and 2003; what the expenditure of British Trade...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many away days were organised by Jobcentre Plus in 2003; and what their total cost was.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether those whose mining compensation claims have been concluded based on erroneous pension calculations will receive payment of any balance...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger have been received to date under the Coal Health...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cumulative total paid out under the Coal Health Compensation Scheme to former miners and their families in the (a) Leigh, (b)...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people in each London borough are earning the minimum wage.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list, for each bilateral meeting that she has had in the last two years with senior executives of commercial organisations, (a)...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to promote trade between the United Kingdom and North Korea.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the benefits to UK firms of North Korea's legislation to exempt foreigners from dual taxation.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the benefits to UK firms of North Korea's legislation to give foreigners investment protection guarantees.

      Paid Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the work force has less than three weeks' annual paid leave.

      Small Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many small businesses have reported access to (a) finance and (b) regulation as barriers to growth in each year since 1997.

      Small Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many national strategies for the Small Business Service have been (a) developed and (b) implemented; and how her Department intends to...

      Takeovers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received from the CBI on the proposed EU Directive on Takeovers.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the (a) costs and (b) benefits of long hours working for (i) non-manual and (ii) manual workers in the UK.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what position she plans to take in the Council of Ministers on the European Parliament's proposal to end the freedom of employees to work more...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the UN Commission on Human Rights regarding the mandate of the Special Rapporteur in respect...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the UN Special Envoy to Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the treatment of Rohingya Muslims under Burma's 1982 Citizenship Law; (2) what assessment...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the Burmese Government about the level of political detentions in the country since...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of political detentions in Burma (a) between May 2002 and May 2003 and (b) since May 2003.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of rapes committed by members of the Burmese Army in 2003.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects that the Burmese Army will complete the withdrawal of troops from (a) Karen, (b) Karenni and (c) other ethnic areas.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent of the use of child soldiers in Burma by the State Peace and Development Council.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the ceasefire agreement between the State Peace and Development...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the extent of forced labour in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last had contact with the Karen National Union; and what was discussed.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last communicated with representatives of the State Peace and Development Council in Burma; and what the content of the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Karen and (b) Karenni people who have been displaced by the Burmese Army in each...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Burma; and what representations he has made to the Burmese...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Burmese Government about the need for an independent investigation into the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Burmese Government about the fate of the 11 people sentenced to death for high treason...

      Corporate Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the co-ordination of corporate taxation within the European Union.

      Departmental Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte &...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the United Kingdom recognises the legal right of the United States to build and operate a prison camp at Guantanamo Bay...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information has been provided to him by (a) the United States Department of Defense and (b) other US authorities in respect...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the locations where British (a) citizens and (b) residents were detained before being taken to the American...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK passport holders live in Hong Kong.

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a visit by a Minister in his Department to Hong Kong will next take place; and what talks have taken place with China on a...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent elections in Iran.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials from (i) his Department and (ii) other Departments have had contact with Mr. Nadhmi...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the earliest possible date for the holding of elections in Iraq; and what steps he is...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the Israeli separation fence on health service provision in the Occupied...

      Radio Free Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the value of Radio Free Asia in (a) communicating news and (b) stimulating political debate.

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG have made to his...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to seek to end the conflict in Northern Uganda.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking to obtain the support of international organisations to address the conflict in Northern Uganda.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings his Department has had with the Ugandan Government regarding the conflict in the north of the country.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to prevent the abduction of children in Northern Uganda by the Lord's Resistance Army.

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the establishment of a United Nations council for sustainable and human development.

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will support the launch of an international convention for the reform of the United Nations in 2005.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the regulations on presidential powers issued this month by the Zimbabwe Government; and what...

  • Education and Skills

    • Basic Skills Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adults he plans should participate in learning and skills training up to their first level 2 in each year from 2003 to 2006.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have a broadband connection.

      Computer Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what successor schemes there are to the Computers in Reach scheme; and what support is in place to maintain equipment acquired under that scheme.

      Departmental Running Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the running costs of his Department were for each year since 2000–01; what his estimate is of annual expenditure up to...

      Disabled Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to improve the statistics he collects on (a) the number of disabled children, (b) the type of disability affecting each...

      Education and Youth Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the outcome was of the Education and Youth Council held on 26 February; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed,...

      Educational Maintenance Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the (a) cost and (b) likely effect on participation rates of extending educational maintenance allowances to...

      Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough achieved three grade As or above at A Level in each of the last...

      Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the value added between Key Stage 3 and GCSE/GNVQ for schools in (a) Ribble Valley and Fulwood and (b) Lancashire was excluding the...

      School Fire Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who is responsible for ensuring that fire alarms in schools comply with legislation and regulations.

      Kurdish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to allow students in UK schools to take Kurdish at GCSE level.

      Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether level 2 entitlements for adults are available to individuals who are economically inactive.

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students entered universities to study medicine in (a) 1992, (b) 1997, (c) 2001 and (d) 2003.

      Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the proposals for higher education on the number of students choosing to continue...

      Pupil Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were on the roll in each secondary school in Newcastle upon Tyne in each year since April 2000; and what percentage of those...

      Pupil Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were being educated at each key stage in the Romsey constituency in each school year since 1997–98.

      Recruitment Advertising

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

      Recruitment Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department has spent on recruitment advertising in each year since 1997.

      School Buildings (Cleethorpes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list (a) new schools, (b) major building projects and (c) major refurbishments to schools in Cleethorpes constituency since 1997.

      School Funding (Greater London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) schools funding spending share, (b) school pupil numbers and (c) schools funding spending share per pupil was in (i) Greater...

      School Sports Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions he has had with universities on the opening of their sports facilities for out-of-hours community use.

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the age profile of teachers in special schools is; and how many newly qualified teachers were recruited by these schools in the last...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of bids for specialist school status made by (a) faith schools, (b) non-faith schools, (c) faith schools with a...

      Student Drop-out Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research his Department has commissioned into (a) student drop-out rates in the poorest communities and (b) the impact of benefit rules...

      Teachers (Retirement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to raise the normal retirement age for teachers to 65; what estimate he has made of the cost savings from raising the...

      Training Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the annual cost to public funds is of the (a) Construction Industry Training Board and (b) Engineering Construction Industry Training...

      Undergraduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many undergraduate students there were in the United Kingdom on the latest date for which figures are available broken down by (a) age,...

      Transitional Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) which local education authorities have submitted bids for additional transitional funding to assist schools and local education...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of likely reasons for the increase in Income Support and Jobseekers's Allowance overpayments to non-pensioners...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures are available to the Child Support Agency to enforce payment; and in how many cases these have been invoked in each of the last...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to amend Child Support Agency regulations to disregard from maintenance calculations the service overseas allowances paid...

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether funeral payments have been made to help with costs incurred of funerals arranged overseas since 1997.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of the New Deal for Employment was in each year from 2001–02 to 2005–06 (planned); and if he will make a statement.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when elements of the Regulated Social Fund have been increased and by how much in (a) cash and (b) real terms; what research he has conducted...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether student loans can be taken into account in calculating other benefits for (a) the student and (b) the student's spouse or...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobcentre plus vacancies were filled during 2002–03 by (a) skilled and (b) unskilled migrants.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Data Protection

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) if he will require the Information Commissioner to bring legal proceedings against individuals or organisations...

    • Data Protection

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) individuals and (b) organisations which have fallen victim to bogus...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what legal aid entitlement is available to (a) UK citizens and (b) non-UK citizens when charged with (i) civil and (ii)...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his response is to the Country Landowners and Business Association report on affordable housing in rural areas.

    • Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on affordable housing in rural areas.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the level of affordable housing stock in the Vale of York was on (a) 1 January 1997 and (b) 1 January 2004.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the percentage of affordable housing stock is in the Chorley constituency.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average waiting time was in each of the last four years for a person to be rehoused in the London borough of Havering.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the waiting list figures in the London borough of Havering for old age pensioner housing were in each of the last four years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 12 February 2004, Official Report, columns 1650–51W, on housing stock transfer, what proportion of the (a) interest on and (b)...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 12 February 2004, Official Report, columns 1650–51W, on housing stock transfer, what proportion of the extra £8 billion...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 12 February 2004, Official Report, columns 1650–51W, on housing stock transfer, what proportion of the nearly £900 million of...

      Leasehold (Bogus Charges)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made towards the implementation of the provisions of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 that will protect leaseholders from bogus...

      Liveability Fund

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the sums available through the Liveability Fund.

      Local Authority Procurement

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authorities now have a procurement champion in place; and how many local authorities have completed a procurement plan to ensure best practice as...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the (a) maintenance and (b) management costs for the Millennium Dome (i) up to the date when it passes to the private sector and (ii)...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will reply to the question from the hon. Member for Gordon, on Departmental Advertising, tabled on 22 January 2004, reference 149916.

      Red Ash

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Department's guidelines are for the removal of red ash from beneath residential properties; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of securing the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Act 2003 and enabling referendums in the three northern regions has been to date.

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what budget has been allocated for the running costs of the Standards Board for England in 2004–05; what its terms of reference are; how many and what...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what requirements are placed on local authorities and the police to liaise on and co-ordinate (a) their response to and (b) regulation of...

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders were granted in each local authority in each of the last two years in (a) England and (b) Wales.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has carried out into the propensity of individuals who have been served with anti-social behaviour orders to...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Anti-Social Behaviour Orders have been made in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each of the last three years.

      CCTV (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the benefits of CCTV in Chorley.

      Credit Card Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of the quantity of credit card fraud on the internet in 2003; (2) what measures he is undertaking to...

      Credit Card Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has collated regarding altered levels of ATM fraud where the chip and PIN credit card system is used exclusively.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests were made in the Romford area of the London borough of Havering during (a) 1995, (b) 1997, (c) 1999, (d) 2001 and (e) 2003.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many criminal offences involving broken bottles or broken glasses were committed in (a) Wrexham, (b) Rhyl, (c) Prestatyn, (d) Mold,...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests were made, (b) people were charged, (c) cautions were issued and (d) convictions there were in the North West, broken...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what methods counter-signatories will be required to use (a) to obtain fingerprints from applicants and (b) to authenticate documents...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the Criminal Records Bureau (a) check and (b) authenticate with the issuing bodies identity documents submitted with applications.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many domestic violence incidents were reported in the last 12 months, broken down by (a) police authority area, (b) local authority area...

      Football Supporters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether legislation to prevent football supporters from leaving the UK to attend matches abroad applies to (a) players and (b) officials.

      Gun Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the performance of Government-funded community groups working to combat gun crime.

      Katharine Gun

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had in the last 12 months with the (a) Secretary of State for Defence, (b) Department for Constitutional Affairs, (c)...

      National Asylum Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the full independent review into the National Asylum Support Service; and for what reason it has not yet been published.

      Offender Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders have undergone an OASys assessment in the last 12 months; and what the average cost per assessment was.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the oral Question of the hon. Member for the Vale of York (ref 155764), not reached on 23 February, on the number...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police were allocated to front line duties in Hampshire in each year since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the police retirement age is; what plans he has to increase this; what estimate he has made of the cost savings that would accrue if the...

      Police Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will meet inflationary costs in employment costs, pensions, and supplies and services as part of the 2004–05 funding settlement...

      Police Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how long (a) community support officers and (b) rural policy officers will be funded centrally; and who will pay for the officers when...

      Police Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much of the cost of policing Havering is paid for by (a) central Government and (b) the local council; and what the total cost is in...

      Police/Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what surveys his Department has conducted into the views of (a) police officers and (b) prison officers in the last two years.

      Police Vehicles (Accidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) killed and (b) injured in road traffic accidents involving police vehicles in each of the past five years.

      Northern Ireland (On-the-run Terrorists)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many on the run terrorists have been apprehended and released back into the community in the last five years.

      Vandalism (Buses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted for vandalism on buses in London in the last two years; in how many cases on board CCTV footage was used...

  • Health

    • Health Service Reforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been allocated to support the national roll-out of "Agenda for Change"; and how this funding has been allocated.

    • Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of administration of the foundation hospital governance system.

      Consultant Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects that the consultant's contract will be implemented.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people used the internet to access information on NHS dentists in their area in (a) England and (b) Adur, Arun and Worthing in the last...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patient treatments were undertaken by dentists (a) in England, (b) in each NHS region and (c) in each strategic health authority area in each...

      Domiciliary Care Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which conditions have been relaxed for domiciliary care agencies registered with conditions by the National Care Standards Commission; and for what length...

      Drug-related Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in meeting the target of reducing the number of drug-related deaths since 1999.

      Equine Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many slaughterhouses are licensed for the slaughter of equines.

      Medical Training(EU Accession States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of whether medical training in the accession states conforms to the minimum EU requirements.

      Medical Training(EU Accession States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made of the number of (a) nurses and (b) midwives from accession countries who will seek to work in the United Kingdom following...

      Medical Training(EU Accession States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) nurses and (b) midwives from EU accession countries would currently be able to work in the United Kingdom using qualifications from their home...

      Flu Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the take-up rates for influenza vaccine were at 1 January (a) in England and (b) broken down by (i) primary care trust and (ii) strategic health...

      Flu Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will change the guidelines on free influenza vaccinations to include carers.

      Food Supplements Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reasons his Department opposed the application to the High Court in London brought by the Health Food Manufacturers Association, the...

      School Fruit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which schools in the Chorley constituency benefit from the free fruit scheme.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the NHS will offer genetic testing of the complete BRCA2 gene instead of the current test.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new cases of hepatitis C have been diagnosed among drug users in (a) London and (b) England in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new HIV positive cases were recorded in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; how many deaths from HIV/AIDS there were in...

      Hospital Regulators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) organisations and (b) regulators are entitled to (i) inspect and (ii) regulate NHS hospital trusts in England.

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what target he has set for intensive home care as a percentage of intensive home and residential care.

      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, how the estimates for (a) income from user charges for...

      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, whether there would be offsetting savings to the Department...

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people over 75 were admitted to long-term care following a fall in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long on average patients suffering from Lupus (SLE) waited to obtain a hospital out-patient appointment following referral to a specialist unit by...

      Lymphoedema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines are in place to ensure that non-cancer related lymphoedema patients receive appropriate compression garments as part of their treatment...

      Medical Staff (Terms and Conditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will investigate conformity with (a) his advice Amendments to the terms and conditions of service for hospital medical and dental practitioners and...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the assertive outreach teams are operational 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to increase the number of beds for mental health trusts.

      Ministerial Speeches

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

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many additional nurses have been employed in the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals Trust since (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures the Government are taking to ensure that the NHS does not employ nurses and other medical staff from developing countries with whom they do...

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing students qualified but did not join the Nursing Register in each year since 1996.

      Pharmacies (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what measures he has taken in the context of the NHS contract with pharmacists to support security measures on their premises; (2) how many...

      Retirement Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to raise the normal retirement age for NHS staff; what estimate he has made of the cost savings from raising the pension age to 65; and...

      Rural Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress made towards primary care targets set out in the Rural White Paper.

      Schizophrenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the financial cost of schizophrenia to the NHS in 2003.

      Care Workers(Statutory Requirements)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the average cost of complying with statutory requirements for each individial care worker in respect of (a) criminal...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the risk to health of sunbed use; what steps he has taken to ensure sunbed users are made aware of the health risks...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons are for the increase in tuberculosis in London; and if he will make a statement on the remedial action he proposes.

      Wanless Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which conclusions and recommendations in the report "Securing our Future Health: Taking a Long-Term View", by Mr. Derek Wanless, his Department does not...

  • House of Lords

    • Belfast Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their view of the opinion of the Eire Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Brian Cowan, expressed on 3 February, that the Belfast agreement is "part of the...

    • Chad: Sudanese Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What requests they have received from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for additional resources to care for refugees from Darfur, Sudan, now on...

      Chad: Sudanese Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will reallocate some development aid funds from Sudan to Chad.

      Uganda

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What talks they have held with the Acholi community and the Ugandan President following recent atrocities in northern Uganda, and with what results; and whether...

      Numeracy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 23 February (HL Deb, col. 4), whether they will publish a table showing for each of the age groups...

      Armed Forces: Pilots Shortfall

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current shortfall in pilots in the Army, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.

      Armed Forces: Compulsory Drug Testing Results

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many servicemen or women were required to leave the armed services for failing compulsory drug tests over the past five years.

      Government Cars: Ministers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the average cost of providing a car and driver to enable government Ministers to carry out official duties; and, if separate figures are available, what...

      Ten-Year Transport Plan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much private and public sector funding was allocated in the 10-year Transport Plan for rail freight; and, for each year, how much has been spent.

      Alcohol Excise Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have concluded their review of the use of tax strips for alcohol excise duty.

      Alcohol Excise Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the compliance cost for United Kingdom businesses in terms of (a) one-off costs and (b) annual costs if tax strips for alcohol excise...

      Alcohol Excise Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the loss of alcohol excise duty each year due to fraud; and what are the assumptions on which the estimate is based.

      Alcohol Excise Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any countries operate effective tax strip systems for alcohol excise duty; and, if so, which.

      Lord Chancellor: Cabinet Meetings and Attendance in House of Lords

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What issue is to be discussed in Cabinet Committee on Tuesday 10 February which requires the Lord Chancellor to give precedence to that duty rather than attend the...

      Vocational Rehabilitation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made to fulfil their commitment to develop and publish A Framework for Vocational Rehabilitation; and when they expect this to be published.

      Confederation of British Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 11 February (HL Deb, col. 1100), whether they regard the Confederation of British Industry as an...

      Genetically Modified Foods

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Lord Sainsbury of Turville, since appointment as Minister for Science and Innovation, has been present at any meeting or participated in any telephone...

      Community Punishment Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In each of the past five years (a) how many individuals were sentenced to community service; and (b) how many hours in total of community service were awarded by...

      Prison and Probation Services: Cognitive Skills Programmes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much has been spent by the Probation Service and the Prison Service respectively on "cognitive skills" programmes; and whether they will give comparative...

      EU Accession Treaty: Employment in UK

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 5 January (WA 2) and notwithstanding the temporary restrictions contained in the European...

      Civil Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that civil partnerships between parents who wish to make a commitment to be responsible parents, but who are either unable or unwilling to...

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