Written answers

Wednesday, 17 March 2004

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when combined heat and power was last discussed at the Sustainable Energy Policy Network; and if she will make a...

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to use combined heat and power to cut fuel poverty.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government's combined heat and power strategy will be published.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's progress in meeting its target to achieve 10GW of combined heat and power by...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what policies her Department has introduced since the publication of the Energy White Paper to encourage investor confidence...

      Environmental Sustainability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the change in costs to local authorities of the Household Waste Recycling Act 2003.

      Environmental Sustainability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with local government on local authority performance on waste recycling.

      Environmental Sustainability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of local authority performance on (a) waste recycling and (b) waste disposal.

      Euratom Treaty (Inspection Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the Euratom Treaty Article 35 verification visits to (a) Sellafield and (b) Dounreay to take place; and if...

      Agricultural Support(Severely Disadvantaged Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the change in support which will result from the introduction of single farm payment to farmers...

      Agricultural Support(Severely Disadvantaged Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the (a) severely disadvantaged areas and (b) number of farmers in each.

      Agricultural Support(Severely Disadvantaged Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is towards providing assistance to farmers in severely disadvantaged areas following the introduction of the...

      Agricultural Support(Severely Disadvantaged Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the financial cost would be of restricting single farm payment at the lower rate to farmers in the hill farm allowance...

      Agricultural Support(Severely Disadvantaged Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will rescind her decision to pay single farm payment at a lower rate to all farmers in severely disadvantaged areas;...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made (a) in the Council of Ministers and (b) to the European Commission to include the minimum...

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) biosecurity and (b) other mechanisms are available to farmers to prevent badger damage to forage crops.

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated cash value of damage done to growing maize by badgers was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports her Department has received of predation by badgers on newly born lambs.

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost is of undertaking the National Badger Survey; and from which departmental budget it is financed.

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence has been collated on localised effects on ground nesting bird populations of badger predation; and which...

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether increased farm biosecurity in areas of high badger population (a) deprives badgers of a high value food source and...

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to what extent badger groups are distinct entities; whether mixing occurs between social groups; and under what circumstances.

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to what extent and under what circumstances non-resident badgers will visit setts inhabited by social groups to which they do...

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from the (a) Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and (b) Royal...

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 10 December 2003, Official Report, column 523W, on badgers, what the scientific basis is of her...

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures can be taken to disinfect badger setts after the clearance of TB-infected inhabitants.

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether specific TB spoligotypes are more prevalent in badgers than they are in (a) bovines and (b) other reservoirs.

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether instances of the detection of multiple TB spoligotypes in single herds have been reported to her Department.

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the reliability of the badger TB ELISA test in determining infection in individual badgers.

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) existing treatments for TB in (i) cattle and (ii) badgers and (b) the potential for...

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to what extent the requirements for the development of BCG vaccination regimes for badgers have been satisifed.

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her best estimate is of how long it will take to develop a suitable badger vaccine to the point where field trials may...

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether an application has been made for European Union funding to assist in the development of badger TB vaccines.

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the infective dose range for badgers in respect of M. bovis is in terms of the different portals of entry.

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether bovine TB is a natural feature of the ecosystem inhabited by badgers.

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for how many years a breeding badger sow can excrete M. bovis bacilli; how many progeny a sow on average produces each year;...

      Badgers/Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 8 December 2003, Official Report, column 219W, on bovine TB, whether provision has been made for...

      Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information she has collated on the effect of predator control on the sustainability of ground nesting bird populations.

      Export Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is the Government's policy to eliminate all agricultural export subsidies under the Common Agricultural Policy;...

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2004, Official Report, columns 1149–51W, on single farm payments, what (a) assessment...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to refuse permission for the planting of GM crops in the UK until after (a) a co-existence...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will ensure that new scientific evidence from Norway on the Cauliflower Mosaic Virus promoter is taken into account...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she was informed that (a) the transgenic insert used in Chardon LL is unstable and (b) the variety would be incapable of...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of the Chardon LL feeding trial involving broiler chickens in relation to...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has communicated the shortcomings of the farm-scale evaluation maize trials to the lead competent authority in...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she was informed that the dry matter content for Chardon LL averages 27.3 per cent.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her oral statement to the House of 9 March 2004, Official Report, columns 1381–96, on GM policy, what...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her oral statement to the House of 9 March 2004, Official Report, columns 1381–96, on GM policy, what...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her oral statement to the House of 9 March 2004, Official Report, columns 1381–96, on GM policy, what rules...

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how her Department is working to make new parents aware of the environmental implications of using disposable nappies.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions she has had with (a) the Scottish Executive, (b) the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and (c)...

      Slaughtered Stock (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the cumulative savings that her Department will achieve over financial years 2003–04 to...

      Radon Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what proportion of UK housing stock has been tested for radon gas; (2) how many houses have been tested for radon gas...

      Sakhalin Oil and Gas Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation has been undertaken by her Department and the Export Credits Guarantee Department on the Sakhalin II phase...

      Voles/Hedgehogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated population was of (a) voles and (b) hedgehogs in Great Britain in 1990; and what the current estimate of...

  • Transport

    • Channel Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the operators of the Channel Tunnel rail services; and if he will make a statement.

    • Disciplinary/Grievance Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether each agency in the Department for Transport has disciplinary procedures which comply with (a) the ACAS handbook on discipline and grievances at...

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money has been spent (a) settling and (b) contesting claims registered at employment tribunals since the beginning of 2003 in the Department...

      Infrastructure Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the transport infrastructure improvement schemes for which he is responsible in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough; and...

      Motorised Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce requirements for (a) eyesight tests, (b) a road test and road awareness programme, (c) a requirement to have insurance, (d) a set...

      Steer Davies Gleave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many contracts, and of what value, the Strategic Rail Authority has placed with Steer Davies Gleave in each of the last five years.

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many days have been lost owing to stress in (a) the Department for Transport and (b) Transec Division.

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what has been the change in costs of travelling by (a) car, (b) train and (c) bus in each year since 1974, taking 1974 as a base figure of 100, and...

      Way to Go Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress with the Way to Go campaign.

  • Prime Minister

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister what his policy is in respect of providing substantive answers to written parliamentary questions where he concludes that to provide such answers would be detrimental to...

    • United Nations Charter

      To ask the Prime Minister what proposals he has for reform of the United Nations Charter to allow the United Nations greater rights (a) to intervene within the territory of member states and (b)...

  • Scotland

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what conclusions he has drawn for Scotland from the writings of the Government Chief Scientist on climate change.

    • Departmental Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff are employed in the Department to work in the communications field, broken down by (a) Government Information and Communication Service...

      Departmental Officials

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

      Secondments

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

      Temporary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff the Department employs on a temporary basis through employment agencies; what percentage this is of total staff employed; and how much...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the progress of the current talks about the future of the Belfast agreement.

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had on the restoration of devolution in the Province.

      Decommissioning

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

      Employment (Strangford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on job prospects in Strangford.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the expansion of higher education in Northern Ireland.

      Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the development of the Northern Ireland economy since the Good Friday agreement.

      Burns Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress he has made in implementing the recommendations of the Burns report on post-primary education; and if he will make a statement.

      Ambulance Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what legislation or regulations prevent diabetes sufferers from serving as ambulance drivers in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what precautions have been taken to counter an outbreak of avian influenza in Northern Ireland.

      Belfast City Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the outcome of his Department's meeting with representatives of Belfast City Airport on 10 March.

      Birth Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many birth defects there were in Northern Ireland in each year since 1999.

      Ceasefire Breaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 2 March 2004, Official Report, column 836W, on ceasefire breaches, what criteria he uses to assess whether there has...

      Citizenship Ceremonies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether citizenship ceremonies taking place in Northern Ireland will follow exactly the same format as in the rest of the United Kingdom.

      Civil Contingencies Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with his colleagues in the Cabinet Office in relation to the Civil Contingencies Bill; and if he will make a statement.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many posts in the Northern Ireland Civil Service of the grade equivalent to that of the post of audit manager for the Northern Ireland Court...

      Costello Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the (a) meetings and (b) discussions he has with (i) school principals and (ii) other interested parties since the publication...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to facilitate urgent dental procedures in children with special needs.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to ensure that young adults with complex medical needs have equality of access to dental care.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on availability of dental services for young people aged 14 years and above with complex medical needs.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the withdrawal of dental services for young people at Muckamore Abbey Hospital.

      Disability Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures he plans to tackle discrimination against people with disabilities in the areas of (a) transport and (b) access to public buildings.

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what quantities of hard drugs were seized by (a) the police, (b) Customs and Excise and (c) other agencies in Northern Ireland in each year...

      Equality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what reports he has received from (a) consultants and (b) the Northern Ireland Audit Office on the outcome performance of the Equality...

      Equality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the Equality Commission's outcome performance in relation to equality of opportunity.

      Fruit and Vegetable Subsidy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will introduce a fruit and vegetable subsidy scheme for low income families in Northern Ireland.

      General de Chastelain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many full days General John de Chastelain has spent in Northern Ireland during 2004.

      Health Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what precautionary steps are to be taken to ensure that health professionals from other EU member states are fit to practice on arrival in...

      Health Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to enhance (a) co-operation and (b) communication between local agencies involved in health promotion.

      Health Service Employees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the contribution made by health service employees aged 65 or over to the NHS in Northern Ireland.

      Health Service Employees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many health service employees were aged 65 years and above in Northern Ireland on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will extend the term of one or more of the Commissioners due to leave the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission on 29 February; and if...

      Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons his Department has decided to continue to pay those members of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission who withdrew from...

      Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects to make a definitive response to the Review of Powers which was submitted to him by the Northern Ireland Rights Commission on 28...

      In-patient Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staffed inpatient beds there were in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

      Insurance Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what powers are available to him to ensure that those insurance companies operating within Northern Ireland who are not members of the...

      Police Training College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what funding has been allocated to the construction of the new Police Service of Northern Ireland training college; and if he will make a...

      Medical Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses there were per head of population in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

      Medical Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were practising in Northern Ireland per 1,000 population in each year since 1997.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many deaths were attributable to MRSA in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Musgrave Park Hospital (Brain Injury Unit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the funding of the new Acquired Brain Injury Unit at Musgrave Park Hospital.

      Olympic Bid 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) meetings and (b) communications he has had with the organisers of the 2012 London Olympic bid in relation to promoting Northern Ireland...

      Paramilitary Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many paramilitary offences have been committed by (a) Republican and (b) Loyalist groups in Northern Ireland since the signing of the...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Police Service of Northern Ireland has paid to recruitment agencies since its formation; and how much was paid to recruitment...

      Punishment Beatings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to eliminate punishment beatings.

      Radiographers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the most recent figures are for the numbers of (a) employed radiographers and (b) vacancies for radiographers in Northern Ireland.

      Refuse Dumping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions there have been between the Minister for the Environment and his counterpart in the Republic of Ireland, regarding the illegal...

      Segregation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of facilitating segregation between Loyalist and Republican prisoners has been in the last 10 years; and what estimate he has made...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what sanctions are available to penalise taxi drivers who intentionally (a) turn off the meters in their vehicles and (b) overcharge passengers;...

      Teenage Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of births were to teenage mothers in each of the last 10 years, broken down by health board area.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Death Penalty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to (a) Pakistan and (b) the United States of America regarding their use of the...

    • Family Reunification (DNA Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make statement on the (a) DNA testing requirements, (b) DNA testing procedures and (c) the (i) normal and (ii)...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the level of discrimination faced by Christians in the states of (a) Madhya Pradesh and (b)...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of inter-religious violence in Orissa India with reference to the treatment of evangelical Christians.

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department last met members of the (i) Government of the Maldives and (ii) Maldivian...

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received about the activities of the National Security Service of the Maldives; and what assessment...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received from (a) Amnesty International and (b) the international community on gender-based...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of (a) indigenous Tibetans and (b) Han Chinese in (i) the Tibetan Autonomous Region and...

      UN International Covenant on Economic,Social and Cultural Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in what ways the Government is carrying forward its commitment to the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government has had with the Government of South Africa on the export of electricity to Zimbabwe by Eskom;...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which representative of the Zimbabwe Government approached his Department to seek assistance in respect of the trial of Mr....

  • Wales

    • Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the manufacturing sector in Wales.

    • Project Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) solely state-financed and (b) public-private partnership and private finance initiative projects for which his Department is responsible have...

      Project Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent by (a) the Government on solely state-financed projects and (b) the (i) Government and (ii) private sector on public-private and private...

  • Solicitor-General

    • CPS

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on the responsibility for oversight of the Crown Prosecution Service of (a) the Attorney-General and (b) the Home Secretary.

    • CPS

      To ask the Solicitor-General what plans she has to change the name of the Crown Prosecution Service; and if she will make a statement.

      CPS

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on the basis on which the Director of Public Prosecutions advises the Home Secretary on the Crown Prosecution Service.

      Katharine Gun

      To ask the Solicitor-General what discussions the Attorney-General has had in the last 12 months with the Secretary of State for Defence on the Katharine Gun case.

      Katharine Gun

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to her answer of 2 March, what the evidential deficiency was to which she refers as reason in the case of Katharine Gun for having exercised discretion not...

  • Minister for Women

    • Equal Opportunities Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women what grants have been allocated to the Equal Opportunities Commission over the last five years; and if she will make a statement on changes in the level of funding...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Commercial Radio Mergers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how she will operate the public interest test in proposed commercial radio mergers.

    • Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what reports she has received from the Digital Televisions Consumer Expert Group.

      New Opportunities Fund (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money from the New Opportunities Fund was allocated to Chorley in each year since 1997; and how the money was spent.

      Sports (Honours)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the honours which have been awarded to surviving members of the Great Britain Rugby League World Cup winning sides of...

      Sports (Honours)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many honours were awarded for sporting involvement or achievement in the last five years, broken down by sport.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a family's ability to buy healthy food is taken into account in the Government's measurement of child poverty.

    • EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether there is a website giving advice and guidance for citizens from EU accession states wishing to work in the UK from 1 May; and if he...

      Maternity Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to his Department of administering Maternity Allowance was (a) in total and (b) per claimant in the last year for which figures...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Pension Credit recipients have reported a significant and material change in their circumstances in each month since October 2003; and...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Pension Credit applications have been made (a) through the pension credit application line, (b) in writing, (c) via the internet, (d)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received concerning shortages of paper versions of the Pension Credit application pack; what discussions he has...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 23 February 2004, Official Report, column 320W, on Pension Credit, how many home visits involving Pension Credit have...

      Pension Surgeries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many regular pension service drop-in and appointment surgeries have been established (a) in each region, (b) in each local authority...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Administration Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the transparency of the position of the administrator in administration proceedings.

    • Archiving Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what responsibility her Department has in developing (a) permanent, (b) secure and (c) digital archiving technology; and if she will make a...

      Beer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to ensure that beer drinkers receive a full pint of liquid.

      British Nuclear Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) pursuant to her answer of 11 March 2004, Official Report, column 1675W, on British Nuclear Fuels, what discussions officials have had...

      Building Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what action her Department is taking to tackle rogue builders; (2) what steps her Department is taking to (a) promote awareness of the...

      Business Start-Ups (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses have received assistance in starting-up from Government schemes and initiatives in (a) Greater London and (b) each London...

      Clean Coal Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what incentives she has planned to encourage investment in clean coal technology.

      Coal Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people have been employed in the coal mining industry from 1954 to date.

      Competitiveness Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the outcome was of the Competitiveness Council on 11 March; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its...

      Energy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total value of tax reliefs and subsidies was in each year since 1990 for use in (a) nuclear, (b) oil, (c) gas, (d) electricity and...

      Energy Suppliers (Disconnections)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) guidance and (b) instruction is given to domestic energy suppliers on disconnection of vulnerable consumers from supply during the...

      Holiday Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of (a) the legal protection afforded to people who become involved in holiday clubs which fail to deliver what is...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the differences between compensation for pension loss in mining compensation claims made using the interim...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for compensation have been lodged by former mineworkers for injuries sustained while handling explosives during the course of...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on compensation available for former NCB workers who have sustained injuries whilst handling explosives during...

      Nirex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2004, Official Report, column 1683W, on Nirex, what the last date was on which the Department discussed the...

      Nuclear and Coal Liabilities Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the (a) role and (b) powers of the Nuclear and Coal Liabilities unit; when the unit was established; and what...

      Post Office Closures (Tesco)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date the Post Office was notified by Tesco of the proposed closure of the sub-post office on Lisieux Way, Taunton.

      Post Office Closures (Tesco)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (1) assessment the Post Office has made of (a) Tesco's decision to close a number of post offices and (b) the impact it will have on...

      Post Office Closures (Tesco)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many former T & S Stores plc post offices have been closed by Tesco since it took over T & S Stores plc; (2) how many post...

      Postwatch/Postwatch Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether Postwatch Scotland is required to inform relevant stakeholders about (a) the lodging of an objection to a post office closure and (b)...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will break down, by programme, the budget for renewable energy for the period 2002–03 to 2005–06.

      Royal Mail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Royal Mail's postage paid service in relation to (a) the fine imposed by Postcomm for next day delivery...

      Small Business Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many regional development agencies have established links with the Small Business Research Initiative; and what the nature of the...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make it her policy to propose legislation to provide for (a) the right of trade unions to extend collective bargaining issues to...

  • Home Department

    • Airguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate he has made of the number of owners of self-contained gas cartridge airguns who will apply for licences before becoming...

    • Airguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what information he has collated on the number of self-contained gas cartridge airguns converted to fire live ammunition which have...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many meetings the Home Office Inspectorate has held in the last six months at which discussions were held about scientific issues related...

      ASBOs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued by (a) Hampshire Police and (b) local authorities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to improve the removal system for failed asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of how many children will go into care each year under the provisions of Clause 7 of the Asylum and Immigration...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the objectives of his Department's campaign to advertise the reclassification of cannabis were; and what assessment he has made of the...

      CCTV (Crosby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much public funding has been spent on CCTV security cameras in Crosby since 1997.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 27 January 2004 with regard to Mr.Guhar Ali Khan.

      Crime Reduction Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Written Statement of 10 March 2004, Official Report, columns 101–2WS, on crime and disorder reduction partnerships, if...

      Crime Reduction Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the contribution of situational crime prevention techniques to recent reductions in crime.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what compensation is given to schools that incur costs to cover classes while new teachers were awaiting Criminal Records Bureau clearance.

      Disorder Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to extend the penalty notice for disorder pilot to all forces.

      Dna

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which companies act as suppliers of DNA profiles to the National DNA Database.

      Dna

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how intellectual property rights relating to DNA sequences in samples stored by suppliers to the National DNA Database are assigned; and if...

      Dna

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many research projects have been (a) approved and (b) refused by the National DNA Database Board since 1995.

      Dna

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many research projects involving (a) behavioural genetics and (b) ethnic or racial profiling have been approved by the National DNA...

      Dna

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many research projects using the National DNA Database (a) records and (b) samples have sought the informed consent of participants since...

      Dna

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what suppliers of profiles to the National DNA Database have undertaken research projects using (a) the database and (b) DNA samples...

      Dna

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many patent applications have been (a) made and (b) granted relating to research projects approved by the National DNA Database Board...

      Dna

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide summaries of all the research projects approved by the National DNA Database Board since 1995.

      Dna

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of compiling a national DNA database including records for (a) all those convicted of an offence,...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hits have been recorded on the www.talktofrank.com website.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) calls and (b) e-mails have been received by the Talk to Frank team; and how many (i) calls and (ii) e-mails have been sent by...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what public funds were spent on tackling drugs misuse in Crosby in (a) 1997–98 and (b) 2003–04.

      DrugScope

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much grant was given to DrugScope in 2003–04; and what evaluation has been made of its work.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what occasions Serco personnel have been invited to the Forensic Science Service establishments in the last year; and for what purpose.

      Huntingdon Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what severity limits were allocated to (a) Study DKN 112/033062 and (b) Study DKN 137/033686 conducted at Huntingdon Life Sciences; what his...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether personal data stored on a national identity database will be exported or made available abroad.

      Impairment Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the impairment tests which do not require the use of equipment will be introduced; and when the code of practice will be published.

      International Rights Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what cross-departmental discussions involving his Department have taken place regarding the International Covenant on Economic, Social and...

      National Dog Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will reinstate a national dog register.

      Online Crime Reporting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many minor crimes have been reported online in each year since the service became available.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many accidents involving police vehicles took place in each London borough in 2003.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in England and Wales in (a) May 1993 and (b) May 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the reasons for requiring the returns of police officer numbers from constabularies for the purpose of...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what his Department estimates would be the necessary increase in funding to Leicestershire Police Authority to rectify the current...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by how much in (a) percentage and (b) cash terms Leicestershire Police grant has increased in each year from 1997–98 to 2004–05.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether revenues raised from speed cameras were included in the calculation of the Thames Valley police budget for (a) 2002–03 and (b)...

      Safe Third Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers he will bring forward to remove a country from the list of safe third countries.

      School Buses (Sex Offenders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) in what circumstances a convicted sex offender would be able to drive a school bus without having a Criminal Records Bureau check...

      Suspended Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of the case brought against the prison officers Mr. Rowland, Mr. Kerry and Mr. Watkins by the Prison Service.

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimates he has made of the cost of introducing the Tetra telecommunication system for the Police Authority in Wales in each year from...

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what Government resources have been expended on the 02 Airwave Tetra project, including preparatory work.

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what budgetary provision has been made for further expenditure by the United Kingdom Government on the O2 Airwave Tetra project.

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what account was taken of the precautionary principle in the setting of the United Kingdom safety limit on Tetra.

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has been involved in discussions with third countries about Tetra.

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which emergency services for which his Department is responsible do not use the Tetra system.

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what account was taken of the non-thermal effects of Tetra radiation, such as low-frequency pulsing, by his Department prior to the setting...

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who he consulted prior to the setting of the UK's safety limit on Tetra radiation.

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department received adverse comment on the proposed UK safety limit on Tetra radiation.

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he received from the Scottish Executive prior to the setting of the UK safety limit on Tetra radiation.

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will commission an urgent review of the health implications of Tetra radiation.

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research commissioned by the Government is being carried out concerning Tetra radiation.

      Travel Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to ensure that passengers with inadequate documents are intercepted on their arrival in the UK.

      Travel Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the evaluation of the Netherlands' powers to require carriers to copy travel documents; and how this has...

      United States (Visa Vetting)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what facilities are granted to the US Department of Homeland Security to share information on criminal convictions required for the vetting...

  • Defence

    • Continuous Attitudes Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many times per annum the questions and response options included in the Continuous Attitudes Survey for the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Army and (c)...

    • Defence Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the (a) expenditure and (b) number of staff employed for each defence agency and organisation in (i) Wales and (ii) England in each year...

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the (a) military bases, (b) Ministry of Defence sites and (c) docks under consideration for (i) run-down and (ii) closure.

      Departmental Minutes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if, prior to putting in place the planned increase in public insurance liability to cover the submarine reactor fuel core factory and associated Neptune...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 5 January 2004, Official Report, columns 29–30W, on Iraq if he will (a) give the date and (b) describe each of the events...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings ministers and officials in his Department have had with relatives of Iraqi civilians allegedly killed as a result of Coalition action.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts have been awarded to UK firms for the reconstruction of Iraq; and how many of these are (a) Welsh firms and (b) firms with operations...

      Merchant Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future protection of the Merchant Navy.

      New Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many new (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) RAF bases are being considered for opening; and in what areas.

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what actions he has taken to promote the role of reservists arising from their contribution in Iraq; how many reservists have been recruited to the armed...

      Rest and Recuperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel serving on operations abroad had their rest and recuperation period reduced as a result of military transport difficulties in...

      Second World War Anniversary Celebrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role he envisages for local authorities in marking (a) VE Day and (b) VJ Day outside London.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the decommissioning of (a) HMS Norfolk and (b) HMS Iron Duke.

  • Education and Skills

    • Condover Hall School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children at Condover Hall School have been found alternative school places for when the school closes.

    • Education (Ribble Valley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many spare places have been available at the beginning of each school year since 1997–98 at each school in the Ribble Valley...

      Free Places (Burton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many free places were available for (a) three-year olds and (b) four-year olds in the Burton constituency in each of the last seven years.

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what services are contracted out to external providers through the Learning and Skills Council; and if he will make a statement.

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he has given the Learning and Skills Councils on consulting (a) hon. Members and (b) local communities on the provision of...

      National Childcare Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children have gained from the National Childcare Strategy in Chorley; and if he will make a statement.

      Neighbourhood Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what budget (a) was set for 2003–04 and (b) has been allocated for 2004–05 and 2005–06 by each relevant Government...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new nurseries have been established in Chorley since 1997.

      School Funding (Staffordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much total capital expenditure has been spent on schools in (a) Burton constituency and (b) Staffordshire in each of the last 10 years.

      School Sports Halls (Burton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money has been invested in school sports halls in Burton constituency in each year since 1996, broken down by school.

      SEN (Performance Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to introduce performance targets for pupils with special educational needs.

  • International Development

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the Israeli Government regarding water supplies to people living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the provision of clean water to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the sources of water in the West Bank appropriated by Israel during the construction of the security fence.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the work of the Parents' Circle in the West Bank and Gaza.

      Civil Society Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the UK-based civil society organisations that received contributions from his Department in 2002.

      Civil Society Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding was received by each UK-based civil society organisation from his Department in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

      Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to his statement of 26 February 2004, Official Report, column 55WS, on the Commission for Africa, what further commissioners...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will include in the Departmental Report for 2004 a statement on (a) the progress made on and (b) the resources invested in the...

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the implications for UK aid to Tanzania of Tanzania's decision to purchase an aircraft for its President.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what account he takes of the domestic budget priorities of the Zimbabwe Government when assessing humanitarian aid to the country.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Emergency Planning College

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what arrangements he will make for hon. Members to visit the Emergency Planning College to see the training taking place.

    • Better Regulation Task Force

      Tony Wright: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to his written Statement on 9 February 2004, Official Report, column 61WS, on the Regulation Task Force Report, Independent...

      Better Regulation Task Force

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on the action taken by the Government in response to recommendations made by the Better Regulation Task Force.

      Better Regulation Task Force

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to his answer of 9 March 2004, Official Report, column 1397W, on the Better Regulation Task Force, if he will break down the cost of the task...

      Disabled Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to change the target for recruitment of people with disabilities to the Civil Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Disabled Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent steps he has taken to increase the number of people with disabilities in the Civil Service.

      Lord Birt

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether Lord Birt has an office in Government premises.

      Permanent Secretary of Government Communications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he expects the Permanent Secretary of Government Communications to become operationally functional.

      Red Tape

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to his answer of 9 March 2004, Official Report, column 1399W, on the Regulatory Impact Unit, on what statistical basis the statement that the...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Freedom of Information Act (Annual Report)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many copies of the annual report on the bringing into force of provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000...

    • Freedom of Information Act (Costs)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what has been the cost to date to (a) Government Departments and (b) non-Departmental public bodies subject to the...

      Guantanamo Detainees

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the British former detainees held at the prison camp in Guantanamo in Cuba would be eligible to claim financial...

      Northern Ireland Court Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what authority there is for the exclusion of Irish nationals are from reserved posts in the Northern Ireland Court Service.

      Rape

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on the action he is taking to improve the administration of rape cases in...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his Answer of 2 March 2004, Official Report, column 820W, on council tax, what total additional revenue support grant has been allocated to Durham as...

    • English Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what energy efficiency targets he has set for English Partnerships.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) cost of redundancies that would arise from merging Fire and Rescue control rooms into nine...

      Houses in Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received on extending the definition of houses in multiple occupation to include student houses occupied by fewer than five persons;...

      Houses in Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much is being paid to Charnwood borough council through the Revenue Support Grant in 2003–04 to compensate for council tax revenue lost as a result of...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what information he collects on the percentage of annual local authority staffing costs spent on training.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the aggregate revenue expenditure of councils in England was in each year since 1993–94; and what percentage of that expenditure was funded by (a)...

      Planning Applications (Greater London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average length of time is for processing planning applications in Greater London.

      Port Clarence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his Answer of 4 March 2004, Official Report, column 1106W, on Port Clarence, Stockton, whether future involvement of English Partnerships and One...

      R and D

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister to whom his Department distributes expenditure on research and development; how many staff are employed as a result; and how many research establishments (a) his...

  • Health

    • Drug Treatment (Crosby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Crosby are receiving drug treatment.

    • Biomedical Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what bursaries are available for the training of biomedical scientists in the NHS; and on what criteria bursaries are awarded to support (a) paramedical...

      Breast Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence he has collated about the relationship between breast feeding and obesity.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects his Department's cancer genetic risk assessment trials to be completed.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to ensure that appropriate procedures are being put in place to monitor the quality and effectiveness of methods for dealing...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he plans to take to investigate price differentials between self-funded and publicity-funded residents in care homes, in order to establish...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the decision by the Office of Fair Trading to undertake an investigation into the care home market.

      Children's Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what children's hospices are open in England; and where they are situated.

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2004, Official Report, column 1160W, on cholesterol, if he will estimate the prevalence of raised blood cholesterol in...

      Cystic Fibrosis Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made to implement his commitment to introduce new-born screening for cystic fibrosis in England in 2004.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when amendments to the Dentists Act 1984 to recognise professional complementary dentists will come into force; (2) when he expects registrations...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimates he has made of the number of dental technicians who illegally provide dentures direct to the public; how many successful prosecutions...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to offer training programmes to prospective clinical dental technicians; and how long the training programmes will take to...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the implementation of IT in pilot schemes for dentists; and if he will make a statement.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have been recruited to the NHS in each year since 1997 in (a) total, (b) NHS Trust areas covering Portsmouth and (c) NHS Trust areas...

      Department Branding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department and its predecessors spent on branding the Department between 1997–98 and 2003–04, broken down by (a) consultancy...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public money has been spent on health in Chorley in each of the last seven years.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses and (b) doctors are training in Chorley Hospital.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list new medical services available at Chorley Hospital since 1997.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been treated in the Renal Centre at Chorley hospital since it opened; and if he will make a statement on the effects on local people...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women with suspected breast cancer saw a specialist within two weeks in each year since 2000.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many constituents in Chorley over 60 years of age (a) benefited from free eye tests and (b) were eligible for free eye tests in 2003.

      Immigrant Medical Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what bodies have responsibility for inspection and scrutiny of the medical inspection of immigrants function.

      Infant Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations his Department has received regarding the ingredients used in infant formula; (2) what representations his Department has...

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of medical students failed to graduate or complete their courses in each year since 1990.

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department collects on the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service.

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps have been taken to monitor the performance of Mersey Regional Ambulance Service since 26 November 2003; (2) what discussions his...

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many calls Mersey Regional Ambulance Service (a) failed to answer within two minutes and (b) took more than five minutes to answer in each month since...

      National Service Framework for Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to set further milestones for the National Service Framework for Older People; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Funding (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much additional money will be allocated to (a) South Manchester Primary Care Trust and (b) Central Manchester Primary Care Trust as a result of the...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the potential for fraud in the use of electronic transmission of prescriptions.

      Primary Care Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long he expects it to take fully to implement the new funding system for primary care trusts.

      Radon Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths were attributable to radon gas exposure in each of the last five years.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to minimise adverse effects of second hand smoking on the respiratory health of children; (2) what information is available...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to reduce the level of smoking in children under the age of 16.

      Stress Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of women suffer from continence problems as a direct result of childbirth; and if he will make a statement.

      Sunsmart Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department will take to support the Sunsmart campaign organised by Cancer Research UK; (2) what steps his Department will take to...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his Answer of 11 February 2004, Official Report, column 1548W, on the Working Time Directive, if he will list the concerns which have been...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 March, Official Report, col. 1119W, on the Working Time Directive, how he will (a) monitor compliance with the Working Time...

  • House of Lords

    • Official Secrets Act: Defence of Necessity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will describe the essence of the defence of necessity in cases involving the Official Secrets Act indicating the origins of this defence and the main...

    • Bangladesh

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assurances were given to the last two meetings of Bangladesh donors by Ministers of the Bangladesh Government regarding the implementation of the Chittagong...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they provide assistance or redress for foreign nationals in the event that their passports have been lost or mislaid by the Home Office; and, if so, of...

      Electoral Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions in how many counties since 2000 the Boundary Committee of the Electoral Commission has proposed two or three-member electoral divisions when...

      Fire and Rescue Authorities

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

      Armed Forces: Fitness Tests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of new recruits to the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force passed the initial fitness tests in the most recent year for which figures are available; and...

      Armed Forces: Swimming Tests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of new recruits to the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force passed the initial swimming tests in the most recent year for which figures are available;...

      Ministry of Defence: Fire Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to privatise the fire fighting section of the Ministry of Defence; if so, on what basis and when; and what benefits they expect as a result.

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their timetable for the publication of guidance by the Department for Constitutional Affairs on the exemptions from the right of access and on procedural...

      Electoral Bodies: Employment of Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people (full-time equivalent) were employed in 2000 for purposes relating to elections (a) by the Home Office, (b) by boundary commissions for England and...

      Dental Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many civil servants currently work in the dental section of the Department of Health; and how many have worked in a similar capacity during the tenure of the...

      Dental Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which primary care trusts the Ministers with responsibility for dentistry have met in the past nine months regarding access to National Health Service dentistry in...

      Dental Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the ratio of National Health Service dentists per head of population in each year since 1997.

      Dental Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list the current pilot sites which are testing the new National Health Service dentistry-based contract.

      Dental Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the current salary is for a community dental service dentist with: (a) one year's experience; (b) two to five years' experience; (c) five to 10 years'...

      Dental Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions the Department of Health has had with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Homelessness Unit regarding the provision of dental services to...

      Children's Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total amount of grants made by the child support fund in each of the past five years.

      International Sports Federations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was UK Sport's budget for encouraging and maintaining United Kingdom influence within international sports federations; and how much was spent on the...

      Housing Benefit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many private tenancies in the Borough of Allerdale are in receipt of housing benefits; and How many private tenants in the Borough of Allerdale are in receipt...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to introduce legislation to enable the public to have a right of direct access to the Parliamentary Ombudsman for complaints of maladministration.

      Aircraft: Seat Spacing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What conclusion the Joint Aviation Authorities reached on the need for common European standards for airline seat spacing; and whether their findings took account...

      International Ship and Port Facility Security Code

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many vessels there are in the United Kingdom flag fleet; and how many have been issued with a security certificate under the International Ship and Port...

      International Ship and Port Facility Security Code

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will compensate the owner of a United Kingdom flag vessel who suffers financially if upon inspection that vessel is found to have a flawed security...

      International Ship and Port Facility Security Code

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many ports in the United Kingdom need to be assessed to meet the requirements of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code; how many have already...

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