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Written answers

Monday, 19 April 2004

  • Solicitor-General

    • Bail Appeals

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many appeals against grants of bail were made in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03 by Cleveland Crown Prosecution Service; and how many were successful in...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Criminal Defence Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the Criminal Defence Service will announce the result of its consultation into the provision of funding to suspects...

    • European Parliamentary Elections

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the electorate is for each (a) constituency and (b) area for the forthcoming European parliamentary elections; how...

      High Court Judges

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the process by which High Court judges are (a) selected and (b) appointed.

      High Court Judges

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the Department's proposals for the selection and appointment of High Court judges.

      Queen's Counsel

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the QCs who received the highest overall payments (a) from the Community Legal Service budget and (b)...

      House of Lords Reform

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to propose changes to the voting rights of peers on secondary legislation.

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whom the Government consulted about the proposed establishment of a Supreme Court.

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much money has been spent on planning the Supreme Court.

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the implications of the proposed Supreme Court are for the judicial appeals process.

      Unpaid Fines (Cleveland)

      To ask the Parliamentary Under- Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the total number of overdue unpaid fines in the Cleveland Petty Sessional Division was on 1 April.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's priorities are for the forthcoming spending review.

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's priorities are for sport and physical activity funding in the forthcoming spending review.

      Information Technology Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list each information technology project being undertaken by her Department and its agencies including the (a) start date,...

      TV Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what arrangements are in place for (a) monitoring and (b) providing civil redress for unjustified actions by TV Licensing.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners he estimates have failed to claim their Pension Credit in each constituency in North Wales.

    • Pensioners (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of pensioners in Somerset who will receive the £100 payment towards council tax, broken down by (a)...

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners (a) were eligible for, (b) applied for and (c) received the Winter Fuel Payment in the constituency of Weston-super-Mare in...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to send more troops to Afghanistan to bolster NATO-led operations in the coming months; and if he will make a statement.

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which countries talks have taken place on the sale of UK aircraft carriers.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the progress of the construction of the two new aircraft carriers; what the military specifications of the aircraft...

      Army Personnel (Early Release)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many army personnel of all ranks have requested early release from their contracts in each year since 1997.

      Bosnia-Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on NATO presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina once the EU has taken over the Stabilisation Force operation there; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his Department's budgetary requirement over the next decade.

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list his Department's top level budget holders in each financial year from 1997–98 to 2000–01.

      Civilian Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many civilians are employed within the armed forces; and in what capacity; (2) how many civilians are employed by the Ministry of Defence.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff (a) have worked and (b) are working on identifying the national security implications of climate change.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether staff with responsibility for regional strategy have been asked to report on the security implications of climate change for the region for which...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will write to the hon. Member as promised in his answer of 20 January 2004, Official Report, column 244W.

      Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many destroyers were held by the Royal Navy in 1997; how many are held now; and how many are deployed on operational duty.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 24 March 2004, Official Report, column 853W, on the Eurofighter, what plans he has to discuss with the US Administration the...

      Foodstuffs/Kit Purchases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to increase the amount of UK-sourced (a) foodstuffs and (b) kit purchased for the armed services.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the date of each briefing he has received on the weapons of mass destruction capabilities of Iraq since March 2002; and what the source...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average length of a rotation in Iraq for British Service men and women has been.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Territorial Army personnel have served in Iraq; (2) for how much longer he expects that Territorial Army personnel will be required to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) part-time military personnel and (b) Territorial Army personnel are stationed in Iraq.

      Logistics Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the Department's logistics budget is spent outside the Defence Logistics Organisation; and by whom.

      Marine Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many marine patrol aircraft were held in 1997; how many are held now; and how many are operational.

      Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what medical services are available to personnel at (a) AAC Dishforth, (b) RAF Leeming, (c) RAF Linton on Ouse and (d) Alanbrooke Barracks.

      Combined Services Caving Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what advance notice was provided to the Mexican authorities of the plans of the members of the Combined Services Caving Association prior to their entry...

      Royal Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many non-civilians are on the payroll of the RAF.

      Royal Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects RAF Leeming to be equipped with the Typhoon.

      Royal Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many front-line aircraft were in use by the RAF in (a) 1992, (b) 1997 and (c) 2001; and how many are in use now.

      Royal Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF bases there were in the UK in 2002–03; what the costs were of maintaining each of them; and how many uniformed military personnel were...

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the operational status of the Royal Navy.

      Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the armed forces budget has been spent on salaries during the last seven years for which figures are available.

      Science Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to enhance science in his Department since the publication of the Government's science strategy, "Investing in Innovation".

      Service Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel are (a) deployed and (b) stationed in (i) Germany, (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) Bosnia-Herzegovina, (iv) Croatia, (v)...

      Royal Military Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the last independent quality audit of the work of the Special Investigation Branch of the Royal Military Police was completed; when the next one is...

      Surplus Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department will receive the full proceeds of the land recently agreed to be sold to Taylor Woodrow as building land surplus to that required...

      Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many main battle tanks are held by the Army; and how many are deployed in operational units.

      Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many tanks are battlefield ready in the British armed forces; (2) how many Challenger series (a) 1 and (b) 2 tanks are operational in the...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 March, to the hon. Member for Mid Sussex (Mr. Soames), Official Report, column 948, on warships, what the expiry date for...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Carmichael) of 16 March 2004, Official Report, column 204W, on wind farms, if he...

  • International Development

    • Human Rights and Democracy Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what his Department's involvement was in the 2002 European Initiative for Human Rights and Democracy project to deliver an...

  • Treasury

    • Allergies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths there were from allergic reactions in each of the last 10 years.

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate (a) how many people, broken down by income decile, would gain from and (b) the cost of a stand-alone child care tax credit that covered...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how many children would be lifted above 60 per cent. median income by 2004–05 by a £545 per annum increase in the per child...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate (a) how many people, broken down by income decile, would gain from and (b) the annual cost of an increase of £545 per year to the...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate (a) how many people, broken down by income decile, would gain from and (b) the annual cost of an increase of £1,625 per year to the...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate (a) how many people, broken down by income decile, would gain from and (b) the annual cost of an increase of (i) £260 per year and...

      Civil Servants (Relocation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average cost of a workstation is, as defined by the Lyons Report, at the Office of National Statistics in (a) London, (b) Titchfield, (c)...

      Civil Servants (Relocation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average salary is of central Government employees in (a) Hampshire, (b) London, (c) Newport and (d) Bristol.

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures his Department has taken to clarify the legal position on the use of Local Labour in Construction; and if he will make a statement.

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to update the 1996 Treasury advice to public bodies on using Local Labour in Construction to allow public bodies greater flexibility in...

      Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost, per unit, of establishing manned UK customs points at (a) EU, (b) other European and (c) other destinations from...

      Departmental Policies (Sustainable Development)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of paper for printed publications used by his Department in 2002–03 was from recycled sources; and how much post-consumer waste...

      Environmental Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what general mechanisms he has identified to internalise environmental costs in the economy; and if he will list those instances where he (a) has...

      Environmental Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what consideration is given to the cost of climate change in the determination of his economic strategy; (2) what consideration he has given to the...

      Hydrofluorocarbons

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to introduce economic instruments to reduce leakage of hydrofluorocarbons.

      London Marathon

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out his policy on imposing VAT on sponsorship payments from those entering runners in the London Marathon.

      Office of Government Commerce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of (a) the effectiveness of introducing a specialist buying agency in the Office of Government Commerce and (b) whether better...

      Passported Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate (a) how many people, broken down by income decile would gain from and (b) the annual cost of raising the threshold for eligibility for...

      Pensioners (Tynemouth)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many senior citizens in Tynemouth constituency qualified for the 10 per cent. rate of income tax in each year since its introduction.

      Premium Bonds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total value of premium bond prizes that are unclaimed; and if he will make a statement.

      Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give the savings level for each of the last five years.

      Scotch Whisky (Tax Stamps)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of how many (a) producers of Scotch whisky and (b) other companies will benefit from the £3 million fund for...

      Scotch Whisky (Tax Stamps)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the change in the volume of the business of warehouse keepers that will be caused by his proposed tax stamps scheme for...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total amount of revenue lost as a result of tax avoidance has been in each financial year since 1997, broken down by (a) VAT, (b) corporate...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which companies are known to be selling or to have sold versions of the gilts scheme used to reduce income tax bills; how many individuals and companies are...

  • Education and Skills

    • Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many looked-after children there have been in England in each year since 1994; and what proportion of children have been continuously...

    • Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of looked-after children received an annual health assessment in each year since 1994.

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of children in England spent (a) one hour or less, (b) between one and two hours and (c) over three hours per week on...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the level of Sure Start expenditure in the Stroud constituency was in 2003–04.

      Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what sources of public funding are available to cover the cost of accommodation while studying for a single, childless, full-time further...

      Adoption and Children Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what preparations are being made for the implementation of section 122 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 by the end of 2004.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what percentage of schools have an asthma policy; (2) what advice his Department gives to schools about dealing with children who...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on Government policy on the support available to unaccompanied asylum seeker children in respect of the Children...

      Chief Scientific Adviser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether his Department has a chief scientific adviser.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of children with parents who have learning disabilities were taken into care in (a) 1992, (b) 1997 and (c) the latest year...

      Children's Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether children will be involved in the process for choosing a Children's Commissioner.

      Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the citizenship curriculum includes the teaching of (a) the words of the National Anthem and (b) knowledge of the flags and patron...

      Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many advanced skills teachers for citizenship have been recruited (a) in total and (b) in St. Helens, South; (2) how many...

      Departmental Officials

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

      Devon LEA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students living in the Devon Local Education Authority area have gone into full-time higher education in each of the last seven years.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support is available for children who have been victims of domestic violence.

      University Drop-out Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students dropped out of (a) Oxford, (b) Cambridge, (c) Edinburgh, (d) St. Andrews, (e) Exeter and (f) Durham universities in each...

      Early Years Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make it his policy to ensure that funds made available to (a) private and (b) local education authority nursery education and...

      Education (Hemsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the population of Hemsworth constituency engaged in (a) vocational education, (b) non-vocational further education and...

      Education (North Tyneside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students living in North Tyneside local education authority have gone into full-time higher education in each of the last seven years.

      Education (Stroud)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of 18 and 19-year-olds in Stroud achieved university entry in each of the last seven years.

      Education Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding has been allocated to (a) Aimhigher, (b) the Children's Fund, (c) community champions, (d) early excellence centres, (e)...

      Educational Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the extent to which educational standards in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland...

      Essay/Coursework Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will conduct an urgent inquiry into the activities of companies who provide A level essays and coursework for UK students; (2)...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has (a) to promote foster care, with particular reference to advertising campaigns, and (b) to encourage people to become...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will increase payments to foster carers.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what studies his Department has undertaken to examine the effects of providing (a) free school lunches and (b) free school breakfasts.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children receive (a) free school lunches and (b) free school breakfasts, broken down by local education authority.

      Graduate Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action his Department takes to monitor the type of employment opportunities offered to graduates.

      Headquarters Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in reducing the number of headquarters staff since the Budget.

      Healthy Eating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department spent to promote healthy eating among children aged under 16 years in each of the last five years.

      Healthy Eating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of links between a healthy diet and (a) educational attainment and (b) behaviour in schools.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the financial impact of the proposed higher education reforms on graduates of medical courses from different...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of school leavers in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough went on to higher education in each year since 1997.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he has undertaken a gender impact assessment of the latest pay proposals for higher education staff.

      Learning Disabled Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of learning disabled children aged (a) between five and 10 years, (b) between 11 and 15 years and (c) between 16 and 20...

      Literacy Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what role phonics play in the Literacy Strategy at Key Stages (a) 1 and (b) 2.

      Literacy Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of phonics in the teaching of reading; and what guidance he has issued concerning its use...

      Millennium Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Government's policy is on the extension to secondary school pupils of millennium volunteers under the active citizens in schools...

      Music, Dance and Drama

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list each of the initiatives announced by his Department since June 1997 on (a) music, (b) dance and (c) drama, including (i) the...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to apply parental income tests to students entering higher education from EU accession countries; and what estimate he has...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many overseas students (a) in total, (b) from Africa and (c) from each country in Africa are studying (i) non-degree, (ii) undergraduate...

      Pre-schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assistance is available to pre-schools to enable them to (a) improve their premises and (b) move to a more appropriate location.

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of pupil referral units in (a) improving children's behaviour, (b) enabling children to...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many hours of education per week a child attending a pupil referral unit is required to receive; and what the average number of hours...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) maintained and (b) grammar schools in England have introduced healthy eating options into school canteens in the past...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children in (a) maintained and (b) grammar schools bring packed lunches into school.

      School Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what land used as playing fields by schools in Cornwall have been disposed of in the last 10 years.

      Schools (Key Stages)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the delivery mechanisms used by the Department to implement its strategies for each of the key stages.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children attended severe learning disability special schools in each of the last five years.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children attended moderate learning difficulty special schools in each of the last five years.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his Answer of 22 March 2004, Official Report, column 630W, on special educational needs, if he will make a statement on each of...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department has taken to ensure the smooth transition from the present arrangements for applications for student loans through...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will extend the student loan system to British students wishing to undertake their entire undergraduate degree in another EU member state.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what discussions he has had with Scottish Ministers regarding arrangements to ensure students from England who attend higher education...

      Sure Start (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Sure Start capital programmes have been completed in Lancashire.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the initiatives launched by the Department concerning the continuing professional development of teachers since June 1997,...

  • Transport

    • Cargo Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what quantity of consolidated cargo landing in Europe which was transported by road or rail into the United Kingdom was transported to enhanced remote...

    • Roads and Pavements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what proportion of local authorities' roads and pavements maintenance budget was paid out for compensation against claims in each of the last...

      A27

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the traffic flows on the A27 (a) through Worthing and (b) around Arundel were (i) in 1997 and (ii) on the latest date for which figures are...

      A27

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many lanes each way are justified for the A27 (a) through Worthing and (b) around Arundel.

      A27

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to propose relief for (a) traffic on the A27 and (b) residents in (i) Worthing and (ii) Arundel.

      A38

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the final cost of the remedial work undertaken on the A38 Saltash tunnel; and how the work is to be funded.

      Air Travel Trust Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make a statement on the financial status of the Air Travel Trust Fund; which types of air tickets are covered by the Air Travel Trust...

      Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what resources have been made available to the British Transport Police to meet their additional responsibilities under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and...

      Birmingham Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects Birmingham International Airport to announce a scheme of compensation for Solihull constituents adversely affected by the proposed...

      Computerised MOT Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2004, Official Report, column 1237W, on computerised MOT test, if he will make it his policy to set a final date for...

      Cycle Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new cycle lanes have been provided in the Ribble Valley and Fulwood since 1997; and at what cost.

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether people from EU accession countries will be permitted to drive in the UK using their national licence after 1 May.

      Department-sponsored Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) resource budget, (b) administration costs and (c) staff numbers were for 2003 of the (i) Northern Lighthouse Board, (ii) Trinity House...

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what impact he expects the provisions of the draft Disability Discrimination Bill to have on the measures contained in the Disability Discrimination...

      Finningley Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assistance was given to Peel Holdings to help with the Finningley Airport development.

      Freight Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of producing the Freight Future newsletter was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's assessment is of the likely greenhouse gas emissions from transport in 2010.

      Heavy Goods/Public Service Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) heavy goods vehicle and (b) public service vehicle licences (i) were issued and (ii) were revoked in each of the last 10 years.

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has received from the Highways Agency plans for widening the M6 motorway between junctions 11 and 20; and if he will make a statement.

      Port Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what training is provided to port security officers in (a) scanning ships and containers, (b) scanning of workers and (c) testing for chemical,...

      Rail Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 22 March 2004, Official Report, columns 513–14W, on rail compensation, what plans he has to ensure consistency among...

      Rail Services (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the investment required to allow Channel Tunnel Rail Link domestic service trains to use 700-seater trains from Rochester,...

      Reduced Pollution Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the administrative charges are for a company applying for a reduced pollution certificate.

      TransportEnergy Best Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of transport companies used the TransportEnergy Best Practice Programme in the last year for which figures are available.

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his assessment of the effects of energy efficient tyres on fuel consumption for (a) buses and (b) freight trucks.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Indigenous Communities (Commercial Exploitation of Traditional Knowledge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the patents of medicinal plants in the last five years she estimates were based on the traditional knowledge of indigenous...

    • Indigenous Communities (Commercial Exploitation of Traditional Knowledge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if her Department will take action to prohibit pharmaceutical companies from using traditional knowledge of indigenous communities without...

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of Post Office Limited's (a) support for the vulnerable and (b) action to maintain post offices as focal points...

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of Post Office Network's ability to maintain convenient access for all to post offices, as indicated on page 5,...

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has held with (a) Postwatch and (b) Postcomm about the role of Postwatch.

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from Postcomm about their work with key Post Office Network stakeholders to develop a shared...

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of each annual report from Postcomm on the urban network since 2001; and if she will place copies of her...

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received about line management in Postwatch.

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support her Department has offered to Post Office Limited to ensure that benefit recipients can continue to access their entitlement in...

      Renewables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the efficiency of wind turbines compared to other sources of renewable energy.

      Accountancy Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate her Department has made of the average accountancy fee for completing a company voluntary agreement as a percentage of the net...

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps have been taken to ensure that components for machine guns exported to (a) Côte d'Ivoire, (b) Nigeria and (c) Senegal have not...

      British Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Department has been given Treasury approval to retain surpluses payable to it out of the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme during the...

      Business Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 23 February 2004, Official Report, column 56W, on Business Support, if she will list the DTI funded business...

      Departmental Policies (Ilford, North)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency of Ilford, North, the effect of...

      Downloaded Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she proposes to take to combat the illegal downloading of music from the internet.

      Electricity Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role Ofgem has in ensuring security of supply when regulating the electricity industry.

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer by the Minister for the Environment of 11 March 2004, Official Report, column 1620W, on hazardous waste, how many of...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of potential business and commercial opportunities for UK firms consequent on improved relations with Libya; and...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made, for each year since the introduction of the national minimum wage, of (a) the number of employers not complying...

      Nirex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 25 March 2004, Official Report, columns 965–66, on Nirex, what the last date was on which the Department...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will be responsible for the long-term disposal of (a) intermediate level, (b) high level and (c)...

      Nuclear Safeguards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the implementation to date of Commission Regulation 3227/76 on the application of nuclear safeguards to mixed...

      Performance and Innovation Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what reports she has made to the Prime Minister on progress against conclusions in the Performance and Innovation Unit report of 2000.

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who are the key Post Office network stakeholders.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the likely impact on regional businesses of incorporation of regional development agencies into future...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2004, Official Report, column 43W, on regulatory impact assessments, how many regulatory impact assessments...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the near-crash of an RAF Hercules transport aircraft into the cooling towers for the Calder Hall nuclear...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place in the Library copies of the annual safeguards inspection reports prepared by Euratom on the B30 nuclear materials storage...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what quantities of plutonium are held in the B30 nuclear materials storage silo at Sellafield; and what methods are used to verify the...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what recent communications she has received from the European Commission in respect of the application of Euratom nuclear safeguards to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bosnia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what work has been done to delineate tasks between the EU and NATO in Bosnia once the European Union takes over the...

    • European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is the Government's policy (a) to promote and (b) to support the accession of the European Union to the European...

      European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the 2002 European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights projects...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of movement restrictions in the West Bank on the effectiveness of the EU trade...

      Bali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Indonesian authorities regarding terrorism in Bali.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in persuading the Chinese Government to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he intends to reply to the letter to him of 11 March from Mrs. Pamela Dix, Secretary of UK Families Flight 103, concerning...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he intends to reply to the letter to him from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 24 February 2004 with...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 24 March 2004, Official Report, columns 900–01W, on Cyprus, for what reasons it was not...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his assessment of the implications of the recent attempted coup in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Falkland Islands 200 mile economic zone.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether there have been recent violations by Argentinian vessels of the Falklands Island 200 mile economic zone.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of levels of (a) discrimination against, (b) rape of and (c) torture of Mandaeans in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence he has collated on the use by the former regime of Saddam Hussein of coercion to force the medical profession to...

      Ministerial Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many conferences he and his Ministers attended (a) in the UK and (b) abroad in the year to 29 February 2004; and what the...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the ministerial visits from (a) his and (b) other Government Departments to (i) Israel and (ii) the Occupied...

      Mr. Maajid Nawaz

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 23 March 2004, Official Report, column 750W, on Mr.Maajid Nawaz, what representations the Government...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the fairness of the Nigerian local council elections; and if he will make a statement.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of North Korea concerning its alleged export of nuclear technology; and...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken by the United Kingdom to encourage countries not signed up to the Non-Proliferation Treaty to reduce...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the United Kingdom plans to take over the next 12 months to facilitate global compliance with the Non-Proliferation...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many residents in each British Overseas Territory have applied for British passports since the new rules were introduced in...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice he has given the Secretary of State for Home Affairs in relation to applications for asylum from Saudi members of...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on peaceful democratic reform in Saudi Arabia; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many special advisers to his Department attended conferences (a) in the UK and (b) abroad in the year to 29 February; and...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent attempted coup in the Sudan; and what his assessment is of its implications for the...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made (a) an assessment of and (b) a response to the recommendations of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of (a) internally displaced persons in Teso in North East Uganda and (b) the number of...

  • Home Department

    • Israel (Bombings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the Government has received results obtained by Israeli scientists on samples removed from the sites of the bombings on 26 July...

    • "Reducing Crime: Changing Lives"

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which bodies his Department consulted prior to the publication of Reducing Crime—Changing Lives.

      Administrative Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost in salary of employing an administrative officer in his Department for one year at current pay levels was in the last...

      Animal Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many animal experiments were conducted in connection with (a) household cleaning products and (b) ingredients used in household cleaning...

      Animal Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the use of the LD50 test on animals for the testing of pharmaceuticals in the UK.

      Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what resources have been made available to the police to meet their additional responsibilities under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security...

      ASBOs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many breaches of anti-social behaviour orders were subject to court enforcement in Langbaurgh police basic command unit in 2003;...

      Aspect Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when since 1 January 2003 he (a) visited Aspect Court and (b) met officials from Aspect Court.

      Asylum Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much time is given to applicants for political asylum to prepare their appeal after the receipt of a letter of refusal from the...

      Asylum Applications (Burmese)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum from Burmese people were (a) received and (b) refused in 2002–03.

      Asylum Applications (Burmese)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Burmese failed asylum seekers were deported to Burma in the year 2002–03.

      Asylum Removals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons applicants for asylum who were unsuccessful in 2003 were not removed.

      Asylum Seekers (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in the past 12 months unaccompanied child asylum seekers have been detained; and what the average length of time of...

      Bail Hostels (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the nine sex offenders until recently housed at the Peterborough bail hostel next to St. George's School have been removed; and if he...

      Boarding Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many boarding schools with charitable status the Charity Commissioners have inspected in each of the last six financial years; and...

      Brace

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the policy known as BRACE was introduced; (2) when Ministers authorised the treatment of work permit applications under BRACE;...

      Carter Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date Patrick Carter was commissioned to undertake the review of the correctional service.

      Communications Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff the Communications Directorate of the Home Office had in each year from 1997–98 to 2005–06 (planned); what the...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether coroners have the power to delay the release of bodies because no funeral arrangements have been made.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter sent to him by the hon. Member for Torbay on 29 August 2003 with regard to Mr. Wyman of Preston Down Road,...

      CPS

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Attorney General about the renaming of the Crown Prosecution Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Criminal Record Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for criminal records checks have been outstanding for more than three weeks, broken down by sector.

      Criminal Record Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions applicant details supplied by the Criminal Records Bureau to the police have led to conviction details being matched...

      Criminal Record Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applications for (a) standard disclosures and (b) enhanced disclosures are currently unissued six weeks after the original...

      Deed Poll Name Changes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place to ensure that, when an individual changes his or her name by deed poll, the individual's original name is...

      Drug Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his statement of 14 January 2004, Official Report, column 277WH, on drug testing, what plans he has to market the national...

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were for electoral fraud in each year since 1994.

      European Community Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much each body funded under the European Community Action Programme received in grants in each of the last five years; how much was...

      Focus Groups/Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of total expenditure by his Department on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year from 1995–96 to...

      Girl Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many girls aged (a) 15 years, (b) 16 years and (c) 17 years are being held in prison.

      Guilty Pleas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring section 144 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 into force as a matter of urgency.

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether risk of re-offending is a criterion for not granting release under the Home Detention Curfew Scheme.

      Howard League

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the benefits to the Prison Service are of its joint project with the Howard League.

      Illegal Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons are on duty on a full-time basis to stop and search vehicles for suspected illegal immigrants at the port of Immingham.

      Illegal Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to prevent the entry of illegal immigrants through the port of Immingham.

      Illegal Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted for employing illegal immigrants in each year since 1997.

      Illegal Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the results from the research into data collection methods for assessing the size of the UK's illegal population will be available.

      Illegal Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the number of failed asylum seekers remaining in the UK.

      IND Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will re-send correspondence relating to case T27 1597 that was sent, and returned, on 5 March.

      Juveniles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children with an open F2052SH have been placed in (a) segregation and (b) special cells in each juvenile prison in the last five years.

      Juveniles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many adjudications involving juvenile girls in Bullwood Hall prison in each month since January 2003 have found them guilty of a misdemeanour.

      Juveniles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juvenile girls in Bullwood Hall prison have been adjudicated on for incidents of violence in each month since January 2002.

      Juveniles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juvenile girls and women prisoners have had their babies taken from them at birth in each of the last five years.

      Kurdish Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the treatment of Kurdish asylum seekers returned to Iran.

      Life Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in England and Wales were (a) serving a natural life tariff and (b) designated not for release in each of the last 10 years.

      Maxine Carr

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contacts have been allowed between Maxine Carr and representatives of the media while she is in prison.

      Ministerial Speeches

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

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent so far on the development of the National Identity Register.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many meetings he and his officials have held with private sector prison operating companies regarding the new National Offender...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service and his implementation team will be in a position to submit a full...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Prison Service Pay Review Body will continue to set rates of pay for the staff currently within its remit under the National...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the effect of the creation of the National Offender Management Service upon the size of the prison population...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what responses he has received to the consultation on the setting up of the National Offender Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with (a) the Association of Chief Police Officers, (b) the NHS, (c) local authorities and (d) the Local...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Patrick Carter received advice from accountancy firms in preparing his report on managing offenders.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the business case for the introduction of the National Offender Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what factors were taken into account when formulating the timetable for the introduction of the National Offender Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there will be a Gateway Review during the development of the National Offender Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons there was no three month consultation period prior to the announcement of plans to introduce the National Offender...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact the National Offender Management Service is likely to have on cooperation between the prison and...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of the creation of the National Offender Management Service on the employment status of staff; and...

      Naturalisation Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the current estimated time for processing a naturalisation application is.

      Naturalisation Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date those who participated in the first British citizenship naturalisation ceremony made their applications for naturalisation; and...

      Offender Statistics/Supervision

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men aged over 65 years and (b) women aged over 60 years are in prison (i) on remand and (ii) after sentence.

      Offender Statistics/Supervision

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether information on those deemed high or very high risk, who are covered by multi-agency public protection panels, is routinely passed on...

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the prisoners held in (a) Sudbury open prison and (b) other open prisons in (i) 2002–03 and (ii) 2003–04 were...

      Paedophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women are serving sentences for paedophilia convictions.

      Paedophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women of Afro-Caribbean origin are in jail for paedophilia.

      Parental Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what efforts his Department is making to reduce the impact of parental imprisonment on children aged under 16 years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional funding is made available to North Yorkshire Police for policing (a) in Menwith Hills, (b) in Fylingdales and (c) during...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers per 1,000 population there are (a) on establishment and (b) available for 24 hour duty without restriction in the...

      "Managing Offenders — Reducing Crime"

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date his Department received the report, "Managing Offenders—Reducing Crime".

      Prison Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many additional prison spaces he estimates will be needed beyond the summer of 2004; and what plans he has to build additional jails.

      Prisoner Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons pay prisoners who attend full-time education the same rates as those who work.

      Prisoner Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) women and (b) men were being held in prison on 9 March.

      Prisoner Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were released from prison in each of the last five years.

      Prisoner Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of prisoners obtained employment following release in each of the last five years; and how these figures are calculated.

      Prisoner Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners aged 65 years and over re-offended once released from prison in each of the last three years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates since 1999 prison service officials have accompanied representations from government departments of the Republic of Ireland on...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures have been proposed by the Prison Service to integrate vocational training into prison work to give prisoners the opportunity to...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Prison Service strategy is regarding the closure of workshops.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what factors influence the location of a workshop at a particular prison establishment.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how prisoners are assessed for vocational training and workshop placements.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what response he has made to the recommendation in the Internal Review Report 2003 that the prison working day should be increased.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what response he has made to the recommendation in the Internal Review Report 2003 that prison work should reflect the working week outside...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcome was of the Prison Service's meeting with the Correctional Service Accreditation Panel on the Focus on Resettlement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures the Prison Service is putting in place to meet the demand for new work places.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what co-operation there is between the Prison Service and the Learning and Skills Council in order to identify local labour market needs.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the link between prison work and prisoners' attitudes towards work.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the Prison Service has refocused prison industry production on the internal market.

      Project Funding

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

      Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the introduction of assessment centres for promotion to HEO and G7 grades cost his Department in each year since its introduction.

      School Buses (Sex Offenders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answers of 17 March, Official Report, columns 350–1W, on school buses (sex offenders), if he will list the instances...

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consolidate the obligation to register with the new scheme for accession countries by those nationals admitted to the UK to work...

      Sentencing (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Department's plans to review sentencing for women.

      Sex Abuse Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the terms are of the code of practice on unhelpful or intrusive reporting on cases of historical sex abuse; (2) what discussions...

      Shopkeepers (Harassment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persistent offenders of violence against and intimidation of shop workers have been convicted in each year since 1997.

      Substance Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have taken place under the Cigarette Lighter Refill (Safety) Regulations 1999; and what the resultant penalties were in...

      Substance Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the legislation relating to substance abuse; and what plans he has to amend the legislation.

      Sudbury Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum capacity of HMP Sudbury is; and how many inmates are being held at Sudbury.

      Temporary Promotions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in his Department are on temporary promotion; and how many of these have been on temporary promotion for more than (a) 12...

      Ticket Touting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been made in each of the last three years for ticket touting (a) in person, (b) through published advertisements,...

      Transco

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the roll-out of the Transco model; and which other industries are training prisoners with a view to...

      Victim Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the latest situation in relation to the funding of Victim Support.

      Violence Against Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to commit resources to a UK national strategy as agreed in the Beijing Platform for Action to eliminate all forms of...

      Women Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Women Offending Reduction Programme.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets have been set for numbers of applications for work permits processed by Home Office officials in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; and how...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits have been granted to education workers since January 2003 broken down by (a) Government office region, (b) type of...

      Workers Registration Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress made on introducing a workers' registration scheme for EU Nationals after 1 May.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to streamline the inspection regime for secure units for juvenile offenders.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 9 February 2004, Official Report, column 1262W, on juvenile prisoners, if he will provide a brief description of...

      Young Offenders Institutes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juveniles in each young offenders' institution were injured by other inmates in each month from June 2003 to the most recent month...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultations she has held with businesses affected by adding GM maize to the National Seed List.

    • GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what results she has received from the Chardon LL cattle feeding studies completed at the Reading University Centre for Dairy...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made (a) of the extent to which the 1998–99 National List Trials for Chardon LL were (i)...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Chardon LL cattle feeding studies at Reading University have cost public funds.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provision she has made to ensure that Chardon LL maize will not be added to the National Seed List before arrangements...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she was informed of the recommendation of Professor David Beever that no new maize variety should be placed upon the...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the involvement of Grainseed in the conduct of the National List trials for Chardon LL in...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the new Norwegian research on the safety of the CaMV promoter used in the Chardon LL...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence she has collated, in the absence of ruminant feeding studies, that Chardon LL has added value for cultivation...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she has taken to ensure that the Reading University cattle feeding studies involving Chardon LL fodder maize will...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she was informed that (a) Liberty on its own had proved ineffective as a herbicide used with GMHT fodder maize crops in...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has held with scientists who oppose the commercial growing of GM crops in the United Kingdom.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment was made during the GM Farm Scale Evaluations of the environmental impact of treating Chardon LL maize with...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will place in the Library copies of the letters received since 1 January 2003 from the European Commission in...

      Acre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice she has received from the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment regarding the environmental impact of...

      Agricultural Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total amount of money paid in subsidies to farmers on Exmoor was in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Air Quality Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Department of Transport on the implications of the Ten Year Transport Plan for the...

      Animal Fodder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much animal fodder has been imported into (a) the UK and (b) the EU from developing countries in each of the last three...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to meet (a) the UK Biodiversity Action Plan targets and (b) the target adopted by EU Ministers in...

      Biofuels Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contribution her Department has made to the forthcoming Biofuels Directive consultation paper.

      Biofuels Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Department for Transport on the development of a biofuels obligation for the transport...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what differences there are in the (a) epidemiological pattern and (b) success of control measures in respect of bovine TB in...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to integrate cattle health data into the British Cattle Movement Service database to assist in tracking...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to what factors she attributes the 20 per cent. annual increase in bovine TB.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the potential value of additional trade to the farming community if the United Kingdom regained...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has sold beef carcases derived from animals purchased as a result of positive TB tests.

      Carbon Dioxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list carbon dioxide levels in the earth's atmosphere for each of the last 10 years.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which (a) research on climate change and (b) climate change models her Department has used in the development of policy on...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of climate change on the yield of the principal crops grown in the United Kingdom...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her Answer of 10 March 2004, Official Report, column 1532W, on climate change, when she expects the process of...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average length of the growing season was in (a) 1974, (b) 1984, (c) 1994 and (d) 2003 (i) in England and (ii) broken...

      Coastal Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much and what percentage of revenue received from aggregate dredging has been (a) put back into the coastal defence...

      Coastal Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the effects of (a) managed retreat and (b) managed realignment in the Suffolk, Coastal constituency.

      Coastal Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the (a) speed and (b) extent of coastal erosion in the Suffolk Coastal constituency at (i)...

      Coastal Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of the value of the land and buildings in the Suffolk Coastal constituency that will be lost...

      Coastal Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) at what point between the sea and the village of Bawdsey she intends to protect the coastline; how much land she...

      Coastal Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has held with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the historic importance of...

      Coastal Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what value she places on the preservation of the line of Martello towers from Felixstowe to Aldeburgh.

      Conferences/Seminars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans have been made in the last three months for conferences and seminars by agencies of her Department; what the total...

      Conferences/Seminars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans have been made in the last three months for internal conferences and seminars to be attended by staff of her...

      Departmental Officials

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

      Ducks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to adopt the recommendation from the Council of Europe Standing Committee for the Protection of Animals...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive about the pledge made in Building a Better Scotland: Spending...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what energy rating is necessary to enable a household to be removed from fuel poverty.

      Exmoor Deer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Exmoor Deer Management Society about the condition of deer at the Baronsdown sanctuary.

      Farm Subsidies (West Derbyshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total amount of money paid in subsidies to farmers in West Derbyshire was in (a) 2001–02 and (b)...

      Fertilisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account is taken in the procedures for assessing the risks to public health from agricultural spraying of (a) long-term...

      Fertilisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Minister for Rural Affairs has seen in full the video evidence and written documentation submitted by Georgina...

      Green Landlord Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with HM Treasury on the elements of a green landlord scheme; and if she will make a...

      Green Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what work her Department's Green Minister has undertaken in an official capacity in the last three months.

      Green Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings her Department's Green Minister has attended in an official capacity in the last 12 months.

      Green Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the meetings at which a representative of her Department was present regarding the delivery of sustainable...

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with her international counterparts on the use of contraction and convergence to reduce global...

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimates she has made of the emissions of greenhouse gases in million tonnes of carbon equivalent from UK coal-fired...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2004, Official Report, column 1620W, on hazardous waste, how the predicted number of...

      HFCs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the effect of the voluntary policy of reducing leakage of hydrofluorocarbons.

      HFCs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has to reduce leakage of hydrofluorocarbons.

      HFCs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the emissions of hydrofluorocarbons in each year since 1995 from mobile and vehicle air...

      Hunting Trophies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what investigations are conducted to ascertain whether hunting trophies have been obtained illegally.

      Hunting Trophies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times in the last five years the import of hunted trophies has been refused where there was evidence that the...

      Ice Caps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what change there has been in the percentage of ice cap cover in (a) Antarctica and (b) the Arctic in each year since 1974;...

      Ivory Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the decision under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to demand that...

      Kyoto

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in the last year towards meeting the Kyoto targets; and if she will make a statement.

      Marine/Coastal Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many incidents in the last year for which figures are available of (a) marine pollution and (b) coastal pollution have...

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of the average annual cost to a waste disposal authority of the disposal in landfill sites...

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the merits of including disposable nappies in the criteria for hazardous waste.

      Organic Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will increase support for farmers to grow an increased (a) range and (b) quantity of organic produce.

      Over-thirty-month Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response she has made to the recent Food Standards Agency proposal to end the Over-Thirty-Month Scheme.

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the (a) funding and (b) resources provided for the peat replacement section of her Department.

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the figures for progress on peat replacement for 2003 will be published.

      Prittle Brook Sewerage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will investigate the operation of the Prittle Brook sewerage system; and if she will instruct Ofwat to bring forward...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to which Minister the Radioactive Waste Policy Group is responsible and reports.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the members of the Radioactive Waste Policy Group.

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers she has to implement policy arising from her Department's consultation on the use of mechanically powered...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the role of the Rural Payments Agency.

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the secondees from outside organisations presently working in her Department, stating in each case (a) the...

      Sewerage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the population in England and Wales has access to (a) mains sewage systems, (b) unadopted sewers, (c)...

      Sturgeon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations her Department made to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species with regard to the...

      Thames Barrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the occasions on which the Thames Barrier has been closed in each of the last 10 years; and what estimate...

      UN Environment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the outcome of the visit of the Environment Minister to the United Nations Environment...

      Village Halls (Stroud)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list those village halls in the Stroud constituency that have applied for (a) her Department's and (b) Lottery...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what instructions her Department issued to Warm Front scheme managers on the publication on their websites of monthly...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what resources she has provided to the Environment Agency to (a) detect and (b) prosecute the illegal disposal of hazardous waste.

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultations have been launched in the last five years into (a) the reuse and (b) disposal of waste plastics.

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the anticipated funds to be generated through the retail compliance scheme under the Waste Electrical and Electronic...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what factors underlie her decision to ring fence £5 million of the proposed retail fund for local authority collection...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how her Department intends to (a) encourage reuse of waste electrical and electronic equipment and (b) maintain the role of...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how her Department intends to protect existing retail from take-back activities and reduce the likelihood of them being...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department expects to provide definitive information to businesses with duties under the Waste Electrical and...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the regulating authorities will ensure that the visible fee shown on consumer prices represents only the collection,...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how her Department plans to (a) enable compliance and (b) enforce the regulations in the case of internet and mail order...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the potential impact of other legislation which will interact with the Waste Electrical and...

      Waste Incineration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to increase the monitoring and control of waste incinerators.

      Water Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of climate change on the quantities of water that may be sustainably abstracted...

      Water Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on average water flow data between 1994 and 2003 at sites operated by the Environmental Change...

      Water Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in reducing water leakage; and if she will make a statement.

      Water Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of households have water meters; and if she will make a statement.

      Water Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what monitoring of water quality is being undertaken by the National Rivers Authority.

      Zebra Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans she has to prohibit the sale of genetically modified (a) zebra fish and (b) other species in the UK; (2)...

  • Health

    • Heroin Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered heroin addicts there were in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough in each of the last five years.

    • Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of inpatients had their hospital stay prolonged by adverse drug reactions in the last 12 months; (2) what his latest estimate is of...

      Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) Committee on Safety of Medicines' policy on the disclosure of information about adverse drug reactions...

      Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the 10 types of drug most commonly involved in adverse drug reactions reported to the yellow card scheme.

      Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his Department's estimate is of the percentage of adverse drug reactions which are reported by (a) general practitioners, (b) hospital...

      Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation has been made of the (a) impact and (b) quality of information received on electronic yellow cards.

      Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people, broken down by age, suffered from adverse drug reactions, in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority...

      Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 22 March, Official Report, column 599W, on older people, how many adverse drug reactions occurred in individuals aged (a)...

      Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his Department's review of the Yellow Card scheme for reporting adverse drug reactions.

      Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of adverse reactions relating to herbal medicines were reported to the yellow card scheme in each year since 1997.

      Agency Nurses (CRO Checks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what risk assessment has been made of agency nurses working in care home settings without the need for a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure; (2)...

      Allergic Reactions (Latex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to require primary care trusts to establish a policy to reduce allergic reactions to latex in (a) staff and (b) patients.

      Allergic Reactions (Latex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of NHS staff adversely affected by an allergic reaction to latex; and (a) how many days work have been lost and...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish the ambulance response times for (a) England and (b) each ambulance trust for (i) category a, (ii) category b and (iii) category...

      Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the franchise plan for the Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust.

      Biometric Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to introduce a black box style system to retain key biometric data for major operations; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to his answer of 5 January 2004, Official Report, column 200W, on the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, when the findings of the...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what new arrangements are in place for patient forums to inspect care homes.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid on average per day by local authorities to independent care homes for the provision of (a) food, (b) care and (c) accommodation in the...

      Cfissa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) budget and (b) outturn figures for the Centrally Funded Initiatives and Services Special Allocation (CFISSA) were for each of the last three...

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the full results of clinical trials submitted to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency are required to be published.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the bed occupancy rate is in the community hospitals of (a) Townlands, (b) Wallingford, (c) Abingdon, (d) Wantage, (e) Watlington and (f) Didcot.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the minimum number of beds required to ensure the (a) clinical and (b) financial viability of community hospitals in Oxfordshire is.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the circumstances leading to the closure of the community hospital in Burford.

      Conflicts of Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulations are in place governing conflicts of interest on medical advisory committees, including the (a) Committee on Safety of Medicines and (b)...

      Consultants Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the specific requirements of the NHS (Appointment of Consultants) Regulations 1982 are on the appointment procedure for NHS consultants; what (a)...

      Consultants Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many appointments have been made to the New Consultant Entry Scheme; and how many appointments are expected to be made in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.

      Continuing Care Entitlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of reimbursing people who had not received NHS continuing care to which they were entitled following the Health Service...

      Continuing Care Entitlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate how many people have not received NHS continuing care because of strict eligibility criteria who will now receive such care after the...

      Cost of Accountants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to the NHS in 2003–04 of employing accountants to handle the administration of claims for VAT exemption; and if he will...

      Cots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the number of cots for (a) pre-term babies and (b) severely premature babies in the South East of England.

      Deaf People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how measures included in the initiative on choice in the NHS will benefit deaf people.

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 24 February 2004, Official Report, column 134, on dentists, what information the hon. Member for Doncaster, Central used to...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) renovation and (b) maintenance projects on buildings (i) owned and (ii) rented by his Department were undertaken in each of the last five years;...

      Departmental Policies (Ilford, North)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the impact of his Department's policies on the services for users of (a) King George Hospital, Ilford and (b) Whipps Cross...

      Departmental Policies (Ilford, North)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what improvements to users of primary care services in the London borough of Redbridge have been funded by his Department since 1990.

      Eligibility Criteria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 24 March 2004, Official Report, column 916W, on eligibility criteria, what information will be available centrally on the number...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members each foundation trust applicant has recruited.

      Health Services (Crosby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of patients on (a) in-patient and (b) day case waiting lists was in Crosby in each year since 1997; and what the percentage change...

      Health Services (Crosby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were waiting for cataract surgery in Crosby for more than (a) three, (b) six and (c) nine months in each year since 1997; and what the...

      Health Services (Crosby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the performance of health authorities in Crosby in meeting out-patient access targets since 1997.

      Health Services (Crosby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in Crosby (a) were admitted, treated and discharged within four hours of arrival in accident and emergency departments and (b) had four...

      Health Services (Crosby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) cancelled urgent operations and (b) last minute cancelled operations there were in Crosby in each year since 1997.

      Health Services (Crosby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) ambulance emergency responses were within eight minutes and (b) urgent ambulance responses to general practitioners requests were...

      Health Services (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) doctors and (b) nurses were agency staff in (i) Preston and (ii) Chorley hospitals in each of the last three years.

      Hip Replacement (Qualifying Criteria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the qualifying criteria for the patient choice scheme are for orthopaedic patients on the Royal London Hospital waiting for hip replacement.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training is provided to nationals of sub-Saharan African countries working within the NHS in treating HIV/AIDS.

      Hospital Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the efficacy of Ebiox handrub and handwash products as part of a programme of infection control in hospitals; and what...

      Hospital Shower Curtains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies he has made of hospital shower curtains as a source of micro-organisms.

      Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) current and (b) proposed private finance initiative projects for the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the risks to human health from illegal imports of meat.

      In-patient Treatment (Greater London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were waiting for in-patient hospital treatment in Greater London, broken down by hospital trust, in each month since June 2002.

      Infection Control (Care Homes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths in care homes were attributed to notifiable infectious diseases in each year since 1997, broken down by disease.

      Infection Control (Care Homes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of hospitals had implemented a ward housekeeping service in England at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that general practitioner practices will be granted at least three choices of information technology suppliers under the new General...

      IT (Dentists)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2004, Official Report, column 388W, on IT (Dentists), (1) what pilot schemes have been undertaken to facilitate...

      Khat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact on health of the use of Khat.

      Limited Registration (Doctors)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2004, Official Report, column 1540W, on doctors, what he means by a period of limited registration.

      Liver Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the incidence of undetected cases of hepatitis C in England; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he...

      Liver Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the level of need for liver transplantation in England in the next decade.

      Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his strategy for cutting inpatient and outpatient waiting times for access to magnetic resonance imaging scanners in England.

      Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with the (a) recruitment and (b) training of radiographers to reduce waiting times for access to magnetic resonance imaging...

      Medical Devices Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) fatal accidents and (b) adverse incident reports to the Medical Devices Agency there were in each year since 1997; and if he will make a...

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether any members of the expert working group of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have an interest in GlaxoSmithKline;...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on a negative impact of the four-hour target for total time in accident and emergency on the care of patients with...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were resident in mental hospitals or mental institutions in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were outpatients affiliated to a mental hospital or mental institution in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health trusts have fully established women-only day care facilities.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many episodes of mental health treatment for minors took place in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultant psychiatrists, (b) mental health nurses and (c) primary care mental health workers (i) were recruited by and (ii) left the NHS...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultant psychiatrists, (b) mental health nurses and (c) primary care mental health workers are employed by the NHS; and how many of these...

      Ministerial Accommodation Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's allowance is for the cost of a night's accommodation in a hotel for a Minister.

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation his Department has made of the safety of injectable quantum dots.

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to promote awareness of the benefits of reusable nappies.

      National Programme for Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 24 March 2004, Official Report, column 922W, on the national programme for information technology (NPfIT), what the total...

      National Programme for Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been spent by (a) primary care trusts and (b) NHS trusts on the National Programme for IT since 2001; and what spending is projected...

      National Programme for Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the EMIS IT system is one of the accredited systems for the National Programme for IT.

      National Programme for Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his Answer of 5 January 2004, Official Report, column 201W, on NHS contracts, what (a) total value and (b) duration was originally set for the...

      National Service Framework (Older People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates his Department has made of the costs of implementing Standard 1 of the National Service Framework for Older People.

      New NHS Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the new NHS hospitals built under the Private Finance Initiative have incurred penalty charges by exceeding the level of bed occupancy...

      NHS Ancillary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nursing assistants, (b) nursery nurses, (c) healthcare assistants, (d) clerical and administrative staff, (e) maintenance and works staff,...

      NHS Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds there were in the NHS on (a) 1 May 1997 and (b) 1 March 2004.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to improve access to (a) NHS dentistry and (b) NHS orthodontic treatment in the Southampton Primary Care Trust area; (2)...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have left the NHS, in whole or in part, to work in the private sector in each year since 1997 in (a) total, (b) NHS Trust areas covering...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of nurses NHS Direct will employ in England by 2006; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of calls to NHS Direct resulted in the caller being advised to attend (a) accident and emergency, (b) an NHS walk-in centre and (c) a...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the target time is in which to answer calls to NHS Direct; and what the target will be after 1 April.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the target for the percentage of calls to NHS Direct to be answered is; and what the target will be after 1 April.

      NHS Hospitals (Deficits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS hospitals built with private sector funds have deficits in this financial year.

      NHS Modernisation Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole-time-equivalent nurses he estimates will be performing non-clinical duties with the NHS Modernisation Agency.

      NHS Modernisation Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual budget of the NHS Modernisation Agency was in the last three years for which figures are available.

      NHS Modernisation Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been appointed to the NHS Modernisation Agency; and at what remuneration level.

      NHS Modernisation Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last met the head of the NHS Modernisation Agency.

      NHS Modernisation Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how often the NHS Modernisation Agency meets; and when the last meeting took place.

      NHS Modernisation Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) clinical and (b) non-clinical staff are employed by the NHS Modernisation Agency; and what the figures were for the last five years.

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS Professionals is covered by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he has received on the (a) training and (b) criminal records checks undergone by nurses used by NHS Professionals; and if he...

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS acute trusts have signed up to use NHS Professionals; and what proportion of acute trusts this represents.

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget for NHS professionals is for each of the next three years.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many support staff there were for scientific and technical staff in the NHS broken down by (a) trainees, (b) assistants, (c) healthcare...

      NHS Staff (Foreign Nationals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nationals of sub-Saharan African countries are employed by the NHS (a) directly and (b) through private agencies.

      NHS Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the net change in the number of (a) general practitioners, as defined in the NHS Plan (Cm 4818), (b) nurses, (c) consultants and (d) midwives was for...

      Nurses (Recruitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with which countries other than the Philippines, Spain, India and Indonesia his Department is holding discussions to develop bilateral agreements on...

      Nurses (Recruitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses have (a) applied for posts and (b) been recruited through the bilateral agreement with Indonesia.

      Nurses (Recruitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses and midwives and (b) medical consultants have been recruited through bilateral agreements, broken down by country.

      Nurses (Recruitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses recruited through bilateral agreements are working in the NHS.

      Nurses (Recruitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to monitor the number of nurses not trained in the UK working in the NHS.

      Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled but rescheduled within 24 hours, in the NHS in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority in...

      Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which operations are being purchased from the private sector.

      Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the price paid was for each class of operation purchased from the private sector; and what the equivalent NHS cost of those operations is.

      Opticians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 24 March 2004, Official Report, column 926W, on opticians, how many optical premises were registered as accepting national...

      Out-of-Hours Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to inform the public of the changes to out-of-hours services when the new general practitioner contract comes into...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to reply to questions tabled by the honourable Member for Sutton and Cheam, reference (a) 152306, (b) 151700, (c) 144757 and (d) 144782.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of written questions for answer by his Department on a named day received a holding answer in the period between State Opening in (a)...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the Question tabled by the hon. Member for Wells on 12 February, ref: 155796.

      Patient Experience Definition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of the research to develop the Patient Experience Definition.

      Patients Choice Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients he estimates will receive treatment under the Patients Choice Scheme in its first year; and if he will make a statement; (2) if...

      Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients received percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy in each year since 2001; and for what types of impairment.

      Pest Infestations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 10 March 2004, Official Report, column 1610W, on pest infestations, what central monitoring will occur of action area three in...

      Plasma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the projected timeline is for providing fresh frozen plasma sourced outside the UK for (a) children born in March, (b) older children born since 1996...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 17 March 2004, Official Report, column 393W, on prescriptions, if he will list the sources and types of risks and threats,...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of primary care trusts that plan to use NHS Direct to handle their out-of-hours calls from 1 April.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support will be given by his Department to primary care trusts who have had to sign early contracts with foundation trusts to manage risks involved...

      Prisons (Medical Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on ambulance and paramedic access to prisons; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what analysis he has made of the effect of the Private Finance Initiative in the NHS, with particular regard to the cost of (a) services and (b)...

      Project Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) solely state-financed and (b) public-private partnership and private finance initiative projects for which his Department is...

      Public Bodies (Health Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list the (a) budget, (b) administration budget, including payroll, (c) number of staff and (d) capital assets of the (i) Access Task...

      Radiographers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of radiographers in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Register of Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requirements there are on officials in his Department to declare current interests; and what register of interests is kept for his departmental officials.

      Seroxat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate has been made under the yellow card system of the number of people who have suffered side effects from Seroxat in each of the last...

      Shared Services Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his Answer of 23 March 2004, Official Report, column 718W, on administration, if he will set out the projected estimated savings if the shared...

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of children have developed skin cancer in each of the last seven years.

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many speech therapists posts were vacant in each of the primary care trusts in Greater London in each year since 1997.

      Substance Misuse (Advertising Campaigns)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government have spent on advertising campaigns highlighting the dangers associated with (a) alcohol misuse, (b) illegal drugs and (c) tobacco...

      Suicide Bereavement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of models of suicide bereavement support in other countries as part of its study into adopting such models...

      Suicide Bereavement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many suicide bereavement support organisations receive financial or other support from his Department.

      Teenage Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many teenage and young adult cancer patients entered into clinical trials in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Therapist Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 12 March 2004, Official Report, column 1828W, on therapist consultants, how many allied health professions consultants there...

      Timber Purchases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how (a) the Department for Health, (b) health authorities, (c) the Meat Hygiene Service, (d) the Medicines and Healthcare Products and Regulatory Agency,...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) district nurses and (b) health visitors were in training in each year since 1997.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much he estimates it costs to train (a) 250 district nurses and (b) 250 health visitors.

      Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria organisations had to satisfy to be invited to bid for independent sector treatment centre contracts; what stages the evaluation process...

      Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations have been invited to bid for independent sector treatment centre contracts; and what specific experience each organisation has in...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mortality rate for TB was in each year since 2000.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of TB there were in England in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by (a) age, (b) sex, (c) ethnicity and (d)...

      Urine-based Therapies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the possibility of urine-based drug therapies providing a route for human-to-human transmission of (a) CJD and (b) other...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the waiting time statistics for (a) inpatient, (b) outpatient, (c) community and (d) treatment centre dental treatment in (i) England and...

      Weston Area Health Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies for (a) district nurses, (b) health visitors and (c) midwives there were in the Weston Area Health Trust in each year since 1997.

      Weston Area Health Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) district nurses, (b) health visitors and (c) midwives there were in the Weston Area Health Trust in each year since 1997 broken down by (i)...

      Weston Area Health Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intensive care beds there were in the Weston Area Health Trust in each year since 1997.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 17 March, Official Report, column 396W, on the Working Time Directive, if he will list the problems raised with him caused by...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Weddings (Non-Anglican Communicants)

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what plans the Commissioners have to increase the number of (a) church and (b) church-owned premises that are...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what proposals the Electoral Commission has to encourage electoral returning officers to...

    • Voting Age

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission when the Electoral Commission's report on the age of voting and candidacy will be published.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Electricity Consumption

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what the total electricity consumption for the House has been for each year from 1997 to date;...

    • Recycling

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) what steps the Commission takes to facilitate the recycling of (a) glass and (b) cans...

      Telephone Costs

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what the total telephone bill for the House was in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Licensing Act (Circuses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she last met representatives of the circus industry to discuss the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003.

    • Motor Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and sport, what efforts she is making to promote motor sport in the UK.

      Tourism (Seaside Resorts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to promote tourism in English seaside resorts.

      Gift Aid (Museums)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on gift aid in relation to museums.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on reform of gambling laws.

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Medial and Sport how many playing fields were sold in each financial year since 2001–02.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the proportion of lottery good causes money that will go to the New Opportunities Fund.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total amount of unclaimed lottery prizes is; and what the largest single unclaimed amount is.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on Lottery funding for sports facilities for local football clubs.

      Accountancy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she last met the acting Director General of the BBC; and what was discussed.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the BBC on future funding of the Corporation.

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in her Department.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on public broadcasting provision to remote rural locations following conversion to full digital television...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of accessibility to digital television in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on plans to upgrade transmitters in Dumfries and Galloway to receive digital television services.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the population of Dumfries and Galloway are able to receive Freeview digital television services.

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the meetings at which her Department has been represented regarding the delivery of sustainable development across...

      Libraries (Greater London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money was spent on library (a) buildings and (b) books in Greater London in each year since 1997, broken down by borough.

      Libraries (Greater London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) public libraries and (b) mobile library units there were within each Greater London borough in each year since 1997.

      Library Digitisation (Birkenhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money has been spent on the digitisation of content in libraries in Birkenhead since 1997.

      New Opportunities Fund 3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations have been made in relation to the administrative burden associated with the New Opportunities Fund 3 programme; and...

      New Opportunities Fund 3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the start date was of the New Opportunities Fund 3 project; what the projected expenditure on this programme was over its period;...

      New Opportunities Fund 3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement about the progress of the New Opportunities Fund 3 initiative to improve sports facilities in schools.

      New Opportunities Fund 3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list those to whom a grant under the New Opportunities Fund 3 programme has been awarded where the award has been...

      New Opportunities Fund 3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the awards made under the New Opportunities Fund 3 programme, broken down by (a) county and (b) amount.

      New Opportunities Fund 3

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

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of (a) copying paper and (b) paper for printed publications used by the Department in 2002–03 was from recycled...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures she has put in place to ensure that her Department meets the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department expects to implement in full the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports, in each...

      SportScotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to review the maximum support available through SportScotland.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to promote the delivery of sustainable development within Government.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on her Department's Sustainable Development Strategy.

      Tourism (Birkenhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the work of regional development agencies in developing tourism in Birkenhead.

  • House of Commons

    • Plastic Bags

      To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee if he will discontinue the use in food outlets in the House of plastic bags for carrying take-away products and replace these with paper-based carriers.

  • Prime Minister

    • Accountancy Services

      To ask the Prime Minister what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte and Touche, (ii) Ernst and Young,...

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list for each civil service grade within his Office the total number of staff employed, broken down by (a) gender, (b) ethnic group and (c) age group; and how...

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Office.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what reports he has received from (a) the United States Administration and (b) the Iraq Survey Group in respect of the whereabouts in Iraq of military equipment and...

      Libya

      To ask the Prime Minister whether, during his meeting with Colonel Gaddafi, he asked Libya to provide him with details of arms and other support supplied to the IRA; and if he will make a statement.

      Lords Lieutenant

      To ask the Prime Minister what his policy is on the future of Lords-Lieutenants.

  • Health

    • "No Secrets"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implementation of the guidance in "No Secrets".

    • Accountancy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii)...

      Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of adverse drug reactions he estimates are reported; and if he will make a statement.

      Agency Nurses (Weston Area)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) resource budget, (b) administration costs and (c) staff numbers were for 2003 of the (i) Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in...

      Alcohol Treatment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol treatment centres there are in the North West.

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on trends in the occurrence of allergies in the UK; and what the Government's policy is on the alleviation of allergies.

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many allergy sufferers he estimates there are.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the provision of insurance cover for ambulance personnel in the event of death in a terrorist attack.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department has taken to prepare ambulance personnel for dealing with a terrorist attack.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many exercises simulating a major incident involving ambulance personnel took place in (a) England and (b) each region in each year since 1997; and if...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the prevalence of asthma among children under 16, broken down by health authority.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the treatment of asthma cost the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has conducted into the reasons for increases in asthma rates in the last 25 years.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has examined concerning asthma and a remodelling of the body's airways.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the minimum standard of care in a care home setting is; and if he will make a statement.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the merits of exempting people suffering from particular illnesses from the requirement to recover the costs of personal care provided...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received concerning the definition of personal care provided within care homes; and if he will make a statement.

      Competent Authorities (EU Accession States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 March, Official Report, column 934, on training (EU accession states), what assessment his Department has made of the likely...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he intends to reply to the letter to him from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 24 February with regard to Mrs. E. D....

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists per head of population there were in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear, (d) the North East and (e)...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of providing free dental checks for (a) children every six months and (b) adults every year.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a list of NHS dentists serving North Derbyshire; what the addresses of each such clinic is; and what the extent of private...

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.

      Departmental Officials

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

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned on the provision of domiciliary care in Oxfordshire.

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 22 March 2004, Official Report, column 598W, on older people, how the National Minimum Standards for Domiciliary Care Agencies...

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 22 March 2004, Official Report, column 598W, on older people, if he will place a copy of the standard on medication for...

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will break down by region the domiciliary care agencies which have applied for registration.

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health of the domiciliary care agencies which have been registered with action plans, how many are (a) in the public sector and (b) privately owned.

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health of the domiciliary care agencies which have been fully registered, how many are (a) in the public sector and (b) privately run.

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many domiciliary care agencies have been refused registration.

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many domiciliary care agencies have been registered; and how many have been registered with action plans.

      Elderly (Abuse)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of incidents of abuse of the elderly in residential and domiciliary care settings; and if he will make a statement.

      Eye Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines are in place on the quality of private laser eye surgery.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of allowing general practices to sell goodwill as part of the new General Medical Services contracts.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average general practitioner list size was in (a) Birmingham and (b) the Black Country in each of the last 10 years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many developments by general practitioner practices have been halted as a result of the Department's requirement that contracts needed to be signed by...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the average general practitioner practice case load within Camden and Islington; how many general practitioner groups are...

      Health Checks (Over-65s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what health checks are routinely performed on the NHS on people over 65.

      Health Services (Birkenhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of (a) the number of extra midwives which will be required in the NHS in the next 10 years and (b) the adequacy of the number...

      Incontinence Pads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance he has given to primary care trusts about the quantity of incontinence pads to be supplied to individuals in residential homes; (2)...

      Infection Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking to improve standards of hygiene within the NHS.

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assurances he has sought from (a) Novo Nordisk and (b) CP Pharmaceuticals about the long-term provision of animal insulin; (2) what steps he...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the efficacy of (a) human insulin and (b) animal insulin for people with diabetes.

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of people with diabetes who are (a) unwilling and (b) unable to use human insulin to manage their condition; and...

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department (a) has made available in each year since 1996–97 and (b) will make available in each year from 2004–05 to...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the number of mentally disordered offenders who are deaf.

      Musculoskeletal Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to include the management and treatment of musculoskeletal disease within the terms of reference of the National Service Framework for...

      NHS Usage Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of NHS acute service users in the last period for which figures are available were above retirement age.

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action has been taken by his Department to implement the recommendations of the Audit Commission report, "Brief Encounters", on temporary nurses.

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mandatory entry requirements are for nursing training (a) diplomas and (b) degrees.

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what (a) initiatives, (b) campaigns and (c) advisory bodies relating to older people his Department (i) is responsible and (ii) has provided funding...

      Organ Transplants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what authority controls the matching of donated organs with potential transplant recipients in the (a) NHS and (b) private sector.

      Organ Transplants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what protocols govern the selection of recipients of donated organs for transplant in the (a) NHS and (b) private sector.

      Oxygen Cylinders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the tender document to contractors for the supply of oxygen cylinders to cluster headache patients informs potential contractors of the number of...

      Pain Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department guarantees that the quality of local pain management services provided by NHS trusts and primary care trust commissioners is...

      Residential Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered beds there were in (a) residential care homes and (b) nursing homes in Leicestershire for each year since 1995–96.

      Shared Service Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 23 March 2004, Official Report, column 718W, on administration, what savings he estimates can be gained from the expansion of...

      Skin Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the proportion of general practitioner time spent dealing with skin disease.

      Social Services (Destitute British Nationals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what responsibilities social services departments have to support destitute British nationals.

      Temporary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the employment agencies which his Department has used to supply temporary staff in each financial year since 1996–97 to the most...

      Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations have been consulted on the Trent Region Access and Choice programme; how long the consultation period was; and whether copies of the...

      Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what submissions he has received regarding the location of the independent sector treatment centre in Trent as part of the Trent Region Access and Choice...

      Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether independent sector treatment centres will be subject to the same national audit framework as NHS hospitals.

      Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the protection of vulnerable adults list will be implemented in healthcare settings.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what monitoring will be undertaken by his Department on the impact of the European working time directive on emergency medical transfers at night...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Bacs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress his Department has made to manage the changeover from the Bank Automated Clearing System to the new...

    • Immigration Control (Lawyers)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many lawyers have been (a) prosecuted, (b) convicted and (c) struck off for offences related to the evasion of...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people (a) applied for and (b) received legal aid in England and Wales since 2000; and how many people had an...

      Legal Services

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to review the financial eligibility limits for publicly funded legal help.

      Legal Services

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps he is taking to improve access to community legal services.

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) how many new solicitors firms have undertaken contracts with the Legal Services Commission in England and Wales...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many press officers were employed in the Department in each year from 1990–91 to 2003–04; what the total...

      Special Immigration Appeals Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Special Immigration Appeals Commission is a court; and if he will make a statement.

      Whistleblowers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what provisions are made across departments of Government to reward whistleblowers for providing information leading to...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Ulster-Scots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people who completed the 2001 Census in Northern Ireland entered Ulster-Scots in response to the question on language.

    • A26

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average volume per day of vehicles using the A26 between Ballymena and Coleraine was in each of the last 10 years.

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many attendance allowance claims have been subject to appeal in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what the percentage...

      Car Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the change in the numbers of those owning cars in Northern Ireland over the past 10 years.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many travel warrants were issued to civil servants employed by his Department for travel between Northern Ireland and Great Britain via (a)...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of air travel for civil servants employed by his Department travelling between Northern Ireland and each of Great Britain's...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil servants flew from Belfast International Airport to (a) London Luton, (b) London Stansted and (c) London Gatwick in each of the...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil servants flew from Belfast City Airport to (a) London Heathrow and (b) London Gatwick in each of the last three years; and what...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list for each civil service grade within his Department, the total number of staff employed, broken down by (a) gender, (b) ethnic...

      Civil Service Pay Offer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the 5.57 per cent. civil service pay offer made to the trade union NIPSA for 2003 had Treasury approval.

      Complementary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget for complementary medicine in the National Health Service in Northern Ireland was in 2003.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) renovation and (b) maintenance projects on buildings (i) owned and (ii) rented by his Department were undertaken in each of the last...

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.

      Departmental Efficiency Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to pursue efficiency savings in each of the Northern Ireland Departments similar to those proposed in the Efficiency Reviews...

      Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what research has been undertaken to ascertain the level of (a) need and (b) demand for a dedicated drug rehabilitation service in Northern Ireland.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) males over 65 years and (b) females over 60 years are in full-time employment in Northern Ireland.

      Energy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has secured European Commission approval for his proposal to commit public expenditure to reduce the costs of energy to business.

      Falls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people over 60 years were admitted to long-term care following a fall in each of the last three years, broken down by health trust area.

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 18 December 2003, Official Report, column 1078W, on the fishing industry, if he will set out a timescale for the (a)...

      Health Board Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he has taken to attempt to redress the imbalance of funding through the Eastern Health Board's Capitation Formula.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what plans he has to provide a specialist paediatric epilepsy nurse in the Province; (2) if he will make a statement on the provision of...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Housing Executive single homes in Northern Ireland have been adapted for disability use in each of the last five years.

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the percentage unemployment level is in (a) Coleraine, (b) Derry (city), (c) Strabane, (d) Omagh, (e) Dungannon, (f) Cookstown, (g)...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what amount of industrial and commercial waste was sent to landfill in 2003, expressed as a percentage of the 1998 level.

      MRI Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time for an MRI scan is in each of the hospitals providing such treatment in Northern Ireland.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many National Health Service dentists have been working in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many student nurses (a) commenced and (b) completed training in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with OFCOM on unsolicited telephone calls for commercial purposes.

      Parenting Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding has been made available to education and library boards in Northern Ireland specifically for parenting initiatives in each of...

      Personal Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to address the dangers of increasing personal debt in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the cost to the public purse of free prescriptions issued in Northern Ireland has been in each of the last five years; (2) how many...

      Property Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in relation to proposed action to be taken against those allegedly responsible for the demolition of properties for...

      Public Sector Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the breakdown by community background in numbers and percentages is of those waiting for public sector housing in (a) Northern Ireland and...

      Public Sector Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the breakdown by community background in numbers and percentages is of those allocated public sector housing in (a) Northern Ireland and...

      Pulmonary Hypertension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on provision in Northern Ireland for sufferers of pulmonary hypertension.

      Redundancies (Foyle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many redundancies there were in the Foyle constituency in the past 36 months.

      Redundancies (Foyle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the education and retraining specifically tailored for textile workers who have been made redundant.

      Redundancies (Foyle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new jobs were created in the Foyle constituency in the past 36 months; and how many of those new jobs are still in existence.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the new rolling stock being tested by Translink will be used on the whole rail network.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons Royal Mail has been denied permission to erect a post box at Lansdowne Road, Newtownards.

      School Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many complaints have been received in the last five years by the Department of Education from parents concerned at the excessive...

      St. Mary's Primary School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to develop a strategy and action plan to phase out racially segregated primary education of Traveller children at St....

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many suicides there were in each of the last 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to ensure that sunbed users in Northern Ireland are made aware of the health risks arising from sunbed use; and if he...

      Tax Discs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many tax discs were issued for vehicles in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      TK-ECC Plant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to bid to retain the vacant TK-ECC factory premises at Dundonald to encourage reinvestment into the area.

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to ensure Travellers have equal access to training as education and youth workers.

      Windfarm (Tunes Plateau)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the responses to the application for the establishment of a windfarm at the Tunes Plateau off the coast of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are (a) eligible to receive and (b) receiving council tax benefit in (i) the constituency of Weston-super-Mare and (ii) the...

    • Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in (a) Scotland and (b) Dumfries and Galloway are in receipt of council tax benefits.

      Departmental Industrial Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of the two days' industrial action taken in February by staff in his Department; and what the cost was of moving priority...

      Departmental Policies (Sustainable Development)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what target is set by his Department for the (a) completion and (b) publication of Health and Safety Executive reports into leaks at the UK...

      Employment (Birkenhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the levels of long-term (a) adult and (b) youth employment in Birkenhead over the last seven years.

      Free TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people resident in Dumfries and Galloway are in receipt of a free television licence; (2) how many residents of Dumfries and...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many workers in Birkenhead have benefited from the national minimum wage.

      New Performance and Development System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons the new performance and development system for his Department does not allow staff a grievance hearing and the right to be...

      New Performance and Development System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what evidence has been gathered by his Department to show that the new Performance and Development System will improve staff (a) performance...

      New Performance and Development System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the administrative and implementation costs are for the Performance and Development System for his Department, broken down by the costs of...

      Norwich Pension Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications are waiting to be processed at the Norwich Pension Centre.

      Norwich Pension Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many letters and e-mails from customers were awaiting a response at the Norwich Pension Centre on 1 April.

      Over-70s

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the total number of pensioner households with one or more householders over the age of 70 years, within the constituency of...

      Over-80s

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioner households with one or more householders over the age of 80 years, within the constituency of Middlesbrough, South and...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost is of the recent "Pick it Up, It's Yours" Pension Credit advertising campaign, broken down by (a) television, (b) radio, (c)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost was for a full page pension credit advertisement in each publication used during the "Pick it Up, It's Yours",...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which advertising agency was used for the recent "Pick It Up, It's Yours" pension credit advertising campaign; and how much they received in...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 19 January 2004, Official Report, column 1081W, on pension credit, how much of the estimated expenditure for...

      Pension Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many automatic state pension forecasts his Department has issued to the self-employed since May 2003.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on encouraging people already receiving benefit to apply for their retirement pension.

      Sure Start Maternity Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many mothers in Birkenhead have made use of the Sure Start maternity grant.

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many senior citizens in Birkenhead have benefited from the winter fuel allowance since 1997.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many established civil servants were appointed in March.

    • Public Service Employers Forum

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) resource budget, (b) administration costs and (c) staff numbers were for 2003 of the Public Service Employers Forum.

  • Education and Skills

    • Capital Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money was allocated to Birkenhead from the capital modernisation fund.

    • School Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many rural schools have closed in each year since 1997.

      School Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been spent on computers for schools in Birkenhead in each of the last seven years.

      School Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been spent on computers for schools in Wirral, South in each of the last seven years.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in each local education authority had special educational needs in the latest year for which information is available,...

  • Transport

    • Airport Capacity (South-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the first new runway to be available to serve the south-east of England.

    • Airport Capacity (South-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether comprehensive simulation of the airspace management implications of possible runway development options for the south-east of England was...

      Office of the Traffic Commissioner (Eastbourne)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cases have been investigated by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner in Eastbourne following anonymous tip-offs in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he expects to announce his decision on the Crossrail project; and if he will make a statement; (2) when he will publish the Montague Report...

      Cycle Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new cycle lanes have been provided using public funds in Wirral, South since 1997.

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.

      Driving Instructors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will lay before the House regulations requiring approved driving instructors to pass a hazard perception test.

      East London Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to give final approval for the construction of the East London Line extensions.

      Highways Budgets (Compensation Payments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much local authorities with highway responsibilities paid in claims for personal injury or liability, as a proportion of their total highways...

      Light Rail Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 26 January 2004, Official Report, column 36W, on light rail schemes, if he will list the light rail schemes that he expects...

      Maidenhead/Twyford Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers use (a) Maidenhead and (b) Twyford stations at (i) morning peak, (ii) evening peak and (iii) off-peak hours.

      National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make a statement on the reasons for the resignation of the Chief Executive of National Air Traffic Services; and how much time was...

      Navigational Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was contributed by the General Lighthouse Fund to navigational aids in the territorial waters of the Republic of Ireland in each of the last...

      Navigational Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made with negotiations with the Irish Government on the cessation of payments from the UK General Lighthouse Fund for the...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will allow safety camera partnerships in Suffolk to release funding raised from speed cameras for local road safety projects that do not...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries there were in road traffic accidents in Suffolk in each year since 1997.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 18 March 2004, Official Report, column 408W, what percentage of the money raised from speed cameras within Suffolk since...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents have occurred on the A4 between Maidenhead and Reading in each year since 1995; how many resulted in (a) personal injuries and (b)...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many injuries have been experienced by pedestrians as a result of accidents with cyclists in the last three years.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries of pedestrians have been caused by accidents with buses in the last three years.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 18 March 2004, Official Report, column 408W, on safety camera partnerships, if he will amend the rules of the safety camera...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 22 January 2004, Official Report, column 1377W, on the road network, what the (a) date and (b) location of the most recent...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many sites there are on the UK motorway and trunk road network of chevron markings, designed to ensure motorists keep their distance from the car...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has commissioned into the effectiveness of chevrons designed to encourage motorists to keep their distance from one another.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his future plans for Network Rail.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much revenue has been raised in fines imposed as a result of speed cameras in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough since 1997.

      Station Improvements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 26 January 2004, Official Report, column 41W, on station improvements, what plans the Government have for delivering...

      Transport Services (Birkenhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the percentage change in (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries on the roads of Birkenhead has been since 1997.

      Transport Services (Birkenhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rural bus services in Birkenhead are supported by rural bus grants.

      Transport Services (Birkenhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the effect of investment in railway improvements over the next 10 years upon residents of Birkenhead.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many responses he has received to his consultation on the implementation of the Working Time Directive for mobile workers in the transport sector.

  • Trade and Industry

    • British Coal Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether, following the dissolution of the British Coal Corporation on 26 March, all the corporation's liabilities will be fully met by her...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the implications for energy demand of the rolling out of the broadband communications programme.

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in her Department.

      Energy Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment she has made of (a) gas and (b) oil reserves in the North Sea.

      Export Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how her Department assists North West businesses to export.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people were employed in the manufacturing sector in the East Riding of Yorkshire in each year since 1999.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many workers in Birkenhead have benefited from the national minimum wage.

      Nuclear Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect of the cost of nuclear decommissioning over the next 10 years on the price of energy to consumers.

      Nuclear Materials (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with the Office of Civil Nuclear Security in respect of the adequacy of security arrangements (a) at...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency in the verification of the nuclear safeguard...

      Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will issue guidance to tribunals on the test of reasonableness in relation to the award of costs between parties; (2) what plans...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the number of sites designated as derelict land, broken down by region; and what the area of each such...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce a ban on animal testing in connection with (a) household cleaning products and (b) ingredients used in...

    • Credit Card Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much he estimates businesses have lost through credit card fraud committed (a) in general transactions, (b) over the internet and...

      Crime (Humberside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on crime trends within the Humberside police authority area.

      Crime (Humberside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many burglaries per 1,000 households there have been in the Humberside police authority area in each year since 1999; and what the...

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the savings that would result from the privatisation of the Forensic Science Service in England and Wales in...

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Forensic Science Service in respect of the applications by (a) Turkey and (b) Croatia to join the...

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the European Network of Forensic Science services in connection with the possible privatisation of forensic...

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department further to the answer of 15 January 2004, Official Report, columns 886–7W, on Gurkhas, what progress has been made on the review of...

      Lancashire Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by how much in (a) percentage and (b) cash terms Lancashire police grant has increased in each year since 1997; and if he will make a...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons he rejected the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman in his report, ref.C.923/03 relating to the complaint of a...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Parliamentary Questions have been tabled to his Department since 1 January 2003, broken down by (a) Ordinary Written and (b) Named...

      Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at what age police officers are able to retire on a full pension; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours on average adult prisoners spent on (a) education, broken down by (i) literacy, (ii) numeracy and (iii) other...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost was of the movement of all prisoners from the two prisons that have been re-roled.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the prisoners who were moved from the two prisons that have been re-roled were informed they were being moved; and whether notification...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women prisoners have been transferred from the two prisons that have been re-roled; what the length of the sentences they had left...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in recording allegations and incidents of threatening and intimidating behaviour of staff towards prisoners at HM...

      Probation Areas (Budgets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which probation areas will be financially penalised during the next financial year as a consequence of failing to meet 2003–04 targets;...

      Programme Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding has been allocated to (a) building safer communities, (b) drug action teams, (c) Frameworks for Regional Employment and Skills...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has a strategy for targeting the re-allocation of sex offenders to a limited number of bail hostels.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Diamond/Uranium Mining (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policies are on (a) the upholding of human rights and (b) minimising the environmental impact in the...

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to receive the next report of the Iraq Survey Group on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which British members of UNSCOM were transferred to work in the Iraq survey group.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2004, Official Report, column 1031W, on Afghanistan (1) if he will list the (a) names and...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice to travellers to Cyprus was being issued on the Foreign Office website on 24 September 2002.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which member states of the European Union are committed to holding a referendum on the proposed European Constitution.

      Georgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Georgian Ambassador concerning the current dispute between the Ajara region and the...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance he has given to Israel to help defend itself against terrorist attacks from the West Bank and Gaza.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the steps Israel can legitimately take to defend herself against terrorist attacks from the West Bank and...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the basis is for his view that those sections of the Israeli security fence that have been constructed in the Occupied...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the NATO Secretary General's message to the Prime Minister of Kosovo on the responsibility of the...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the recent upsurge in violence in Kosovo.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether he has received a copy of the report of the UNESCO Director-General's expert mission to Kosovo in 2003 to evaluate...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with EU member states on the road map for a peaceful solution between Israel and Palestine.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Nepal; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which countries the Department is represented, including those with regional consulates; how many staff are employed in each...

      UK/Caribbean Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what organisations and individuals are entitled to attend the forthcoming UK/Caribbean Forum meeting in May.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the statement by the authorities in Uzbekistan that terrorist attacks in late March were linked...

  • Defence

    • Atomic Co-ordinating Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role and function of the Atomic Co-ordinating Offices in London and Washington.

    • Defence Medical Centre (Birmingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the new Defence Medical Centre at Birmingham will be operational.

      Defence Medical Centre (Birmingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the defence medical facilities that will be replaced by the new Defence Medical Centre at Birmingham.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date he was first informed that Dr. Brian Jones of the Defence Intelligence Staff had submitted reservations about the Government's dossier,...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 12 March 2004, Official Report, column 1773W, when he expects the Royal Military Police's Special Investigations Branch to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest estimate is of the total volume of depleted uranium shells used in Iraq since March 2003.

      Members of Parliament (Military Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether hon. Members are required to obtain permission from his Department to visit military bases in their constituencies; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Contingent Liability Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what developments have taken place in respect of the proposals made on 11 March to alter the contingent liability arrangements covering the submarine...

      Private Military Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate how many army officers have requested early leave from their contracts to work for private military companies.

      Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons mobilised reservists are not receiving timely pay statements; how many reservists are affected; and what steps he is taking to ensure...

      Tain Air Weapons Range

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hours the Tain Air Weapons Range was in use for training operations in 2003 and in each of the preceding four years.

      Tain Air Weapons Range

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many sorties were undertaken using the Tain Air Weapons Range in 2003 and each of the preceding four years, indicating (a) those flown by RAF...

      War Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he is having with the Royal British Legion on the subject of the proposed Armed Forces Compensation Scheme for war pensioners.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Allotments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance his Department provides to councils regarding budget allocations for allotments.

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of buildings occupied by (a) staff of the Department and (b) staff of the Department's executive agencies have been surveyed for the purpose of...

      Bacs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress his Department has made to manage the changeover from the Bank Automated Clearing System to the new BACSTEL-IP system for electronic payments.

      Charity Shops

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations his Department has received regarding the concessionary rate reduction allowed for charity shops.

      Coastal Marinas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning applications for coastal marinas in England have been (a) submitted, (b) granted and (c) refused in each of the last five years.

      Community Cohesion and Regeneration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what resources his Department has put into community cohesion and regeneration through sport and physical activity based programmes in the last five years.

      Community Cohesion and Regeneration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of sports and physical activity-based interventions in community cohesion and regeneration.

      Computer Misuse

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many cases of computer misuse there were in (a) the predecessors to his Department in each year between 1997 and 2000 and (b) his Department in 2003, broken...

      Council Housing (East Yorkshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the total of unpaid council house rents in the East Riding of Yorkshire in each year since 1997.

      Demotion Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what response his Department received from Merseyside's local authorities regarding demotion orders.

      Department Branding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Department and its predecessors spent on branding the Department between 1997–98 and 2003–04, broken down by (a) consultancy fees, (b)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many staff are employed in the Department to work in the communications field, broken down by (a) Government Information and Communication Service...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make changes to the eligibility for disability facilities grants, with particular reference to means-testing; and if he will make a statement.

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the total specified capital grant awarded in disabled facilities grants is for (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05 in each region of England; (2)...

      Environmental Health Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what change in the number of environmental health officers the Government estimates will be needed in England and Wales as a result of the provisions contained...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister at what age firefighters are able to retire on a full pension; and if he will make a statement.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if the Government will ensure that firemen have adequate insurance cover for (a) themselves and (b) their families against the risk of being injured or killed as...

      Football Stadium, Falmer

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the further representations he intends to take into account in respect of the planning application for a football stadium at Falmer, East Sussex, will be...

      Government Offices for the Regions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people were employed in each of the Government offices for the regions in (a) 2003–04 and (b) each of the last three years; and how many are...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to allow planning applications for replacement on a one-for-one basis in the green belt where the previous buildings have been...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his written statement of 29 March 2004, Official Report, column 73WS, on green belt statistics, when he decided to proceed with the designation of the...

      Gypsies/Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities have taken (a) legal action and (b) eviction proceedings against Gypsies and Travellers in the last year for which figures are available.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 9 February 2004, Official Report, column 1227W, on HMOs, if he will place copies of the responses to Licensing of Houses in Multiple...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reason his analysis of responses to the consultation paper on licensing houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in England and Wales did not include an...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many respondents to the consultation paper on licensing houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) (a) supported, (b) opposed and (c) did not express an opinion...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research has been undertaken to assess bad management practices within houses of multiple occupation in areas of (a) high and (b) low demand since 2001; and...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Government estimates will be the cost of an adequate monitoring scheme of licensing of houses of multiple occupation.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultations he has had with landlords and landlords' representatives regarding licensing of houses of multiple occupation; and what the outcomes were.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has received on affordable homes in the Vale of York.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of houses in multiple occupation with three or more storeys which have four or fewer occupants.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how (a) the Starter Homes Initiative and (b) the Abandoned Homes Initiative have benefited the residents of Birkenhead.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the environmental sustainability requirements are for (a) new build housing and (b) major renovation of housing.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his latest estimate is of the number of new housing units that will become available in the London Borough of Islington in (a) 2004–05 and (b)...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures are in place to assess the effectiveness of the implementation of the Housing Act 1996; and what their findings are.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures are in place to assess the impact of the Housing Act 1996 on the housing market; and what their findings have been.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures are in place to assess the effectiveness of the registration schemes provided by the Housing Act 1996; and what their findings have been.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the capacity of the labour market in the nine housing market renewal pathfinder areas to provide the skilled tradespeople needed to...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether registration schemes provided under the Housing Act 1996 will retain their legal status under the provisions of the Housing Bill.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what average annual real terms increase in the 2004–05 management and maintenance allowance would be required for the average allowance in England to reach,...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister by how (a) many percentage points and (b) much the average 2001–02 management and maintenance allowance would have had to increase to reach the level of the...

      Land Use

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total area designated for urban land use in (a) 1974, (b) 1984, (c) 1994 and (d) 2003 was in England.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) Band D council tax and (b) average council tax paid in (i) Plymouth, (ii) Torbay, (iii) Torridge, (iv) West Devon, (v) South Hams, (vi) Exeter, (vii)...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the percentage council tax change has been in (a) Plymouth, (b) Devon and (c) Torbay in each of the past three years.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) new advice he has given to and (b) new requirements he has imposed on billing authorities in relation to the council tax payment dates for 2004–05.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the level of council tax receipts collected by local authorities was irrespective of the financial year to which they relate in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk, (c)...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of council tax was collected within the North Somerset unitary authority in each year since 1997; and what the total cost of administering council...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average household council tax level was in the North Somerset unitary authority in each year since 1997.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of (a) council tax and (b) council house rents was collected in (i) Devon and (ii) Cornwall in each of the last seven years.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out the procedures of the appeals process for applications for mobile telephone transmitting masts.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many applications for telephone masts he has (a) rejected and (b) approved during the last 12 months.

      Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (Crosby)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been allocated to Crosby from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.

      North Bow

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the Tower Hamlets Housing Action Trust in the regeneration of North Bow.

      Public Lavatories

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total amount raised by the uniform business rate levied on public lavatories was in 2003–04.

      Public Lavatories

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to revise the uniform business rate in order to exclude the rating of publicly owned public lavatories.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of recruitment of civil servants for the Department was in each financial year since 1996–97, broken down by (a) delegated or contracted out...

      Regeneration Funding (Ilford, North)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding has been allocated for regeneration in Ilford, North since 1997.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated costs are of setting up elected regional assemblies in (a) the North West, (b) the North East and (c) Yorkshire.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the effect of the proposed regional assemblies on the operation of (a) town, (b) county, (c) borough and (d) city councils in the...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to paragraph 5.5 of Cm 5511, what level of additional funding will be made available for rewarding elected regional assemblies which achieve or exceed...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) officials and (b) press officers are involved in the information campaign on elected regional assemblies, "Your Say".

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he will take to encourage voter turnout for the regional assembly referendums.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library copies of the responses to the Consultation Papers on (a) regional referendums spending limits and (b) the conduct of the referendums.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total budget for the "Your Say" information campaign is; and how much he has budgeted for (a) leaflets, (b) posters, (c) broadcasting, (d) ministerial...

      Regional Devolution

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress with plans for regional devolution in areas which express an interest.

      Regional Devolution

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the process for establishing regional devolution in areas that vote in favour of the proposal.

      Room Sizes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will re-introduce minimum standards for the size of rooms in new dwellings.

      Science Strategy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he has taken to enhance science in his Department since the publication of the Government's science strategy Investing in Innovation.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on the granting by parish councils of (a) honoraria and (b) ex-gratia payments to special constables serving their area.

      Public Expenditure (Sittingbourne and Sheppey)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much public funding was spent on (a) regeneration and regional development, (b) housing and (c) planning in the constituency of Sittingbourne and Sheppey...

      Tenancy Deposit Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the policy statement being used to inform the Law Commission's indicative clauses for a statutory tenancy deposit scheme.

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Government estimates that there is sufficient urban capacity in the London part alone of the Thames Gateway Development area to accommodate up to...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of the 120,000 new homes envisaged for Thames Gateway development the Government foresees will be built on previously developed land.

  • Treasury

    • Teenage Pregnancy Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the teenage pregnancy rates were for each of the last three years, broken down by constituency.

    • National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what financial and operational criteria will have to be met before the proposed relocation of the Office of National Statistics office in Titchfield...

      National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the Office for National Statistics quantification of the impact of aligning its employees' pay with market conditions outside London as...

      National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) who owns the Office for National Statistics offices in Titchfield; (2) how much has been spent on the (a) maintenance and (b) refurbishment of the...

      Administration Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in lowering administration costs as a proportion of total spending since his Budget statement.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to pay benefits for each child rather than per pregnancy in the case of multiple births; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Tynemouth constituency receive child tax credit.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Wirral south have received child tax credit.

      Children (Overseas Holidays)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of children in England took holidays overseas in each of the last seven years.

      Capital Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in Birkenhead have benefited from the 100 per cent. tax exemption for computer and internet equipment.

      Council House Tenancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer after how many years council house tenancies will be notifiable under stamp duty land tax regulations.

      Council House Tenancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of council tenancies which will be notifiable under stamp duty land tax regulations by 2014.

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.

      Departmental Policies (Sustainable Development)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in that capacity; (2) what meetings his Department's Green Minister has attended in that...

      Departmental Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Newcastle upon Tyne, East and Wallsend constituency, the effects on...

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the (a) change and (b) percentage change was in full-time permanent jobs in Birkenhead from 1997 to 31 December 2003; (2) how many new jobs have...

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in tourism-related jobs in Birkenhead on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many job vacancies there were in Birkenhead in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many job vacancies there were in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment in Birkenhead was in each year since 1997.

      Family Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of (a) families with dependent children are headed by (i) married couples, (ii) cohabiting couples and (iii) a lone (A) female and (B) male...

      Global Recovery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how may copies of the Treasury summary leaflet, "Pre-Budget Report: the Strength to take long-term decisions for: Seizing the opportunities for global...

      Government Accounting Systems

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many accounting systems are in use in central Government; and what plans he has to reduce the number of accounting systems across central Government.

      Household Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the average (a) household debt per annum and (b) household monthly income in each year since 1997, broken down by region.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for business of the changes in the Budget to landfill tax.

      Nannies (Disabled Children)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to extend the tax relief on the employment of nannies to parents with disabled offspring.

      National Tax Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what role is envisaged for (a) drug enforcement and (b) drugs policy in the new National Tax Agency.

      National Tax Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the objectives are of the modernisation plan being implemented by the Office for National Statistics; what the expected date of completion of...

      Older People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what (a) initiatives, (b) campaigns and (c) advisory bodies relating to older people his Department (i) is responsible and (ii) has provided funding...

      Public Lavatories

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the rateable value for the purpose of the uniform business rate of a public lavatory is the same in highly rateable and more lowly rated...

      Senior Citizens (Birkenhead)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many senior citizens in Birkenhead qualified for the 10 pence rate of income tax in each year since its introduction.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) drug enforcement and (b) drugs policy functions are being transferred from HM Customs and Excise to the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

      Student Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was received by the Inland Revenue in student loan repayment in each month in financial years (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; and when the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit overpayments have arisen as a result of official errors in the last 12 months.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether claimants of tax credits receive a copy of the Code of Practice on overpayments when it becomes evident that they may have been overpaid.

      Tax Stamps

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2004, reference 164497, on tax stamps, what the responses were of the two EU or accession countries not named in the...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will update the information provided in his answer to the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell (Matthew Taylor) on taxation of 23 January 2003,...

      Wayleaves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will propose legislation to prohibit the Crown Estate from charging local authorities for wayleaves for public projects.

      Wayleaves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what powers the Crown Estate is entitled to charge a wayleave for a new bridge over the River South Esk at Montrose when a wayleave exists for the...

      Wayleaves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what powers the Crown Estate is able to charge substantial sums of money from Angus council for the construction of a temporary bridge over the River...

      Wayleaves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Crown Estate has received from local authorities in Scotland in each of the last 10 years as wayleaves for bridges and other public works projects.

      Wayleaves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what process is used to determine the value of a wayleave charged by the Crown Estate to local authorities in respect of public works projects.

  • International Development

    • Agricultural Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what changes there have been in total land area used for agricultural purposes over the last 10 years, broken down by (a) country and...

    • Deforestation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what net percentage of forest cover worldwide has been lost since 1990; and what acreage this represents (a) in total and (b) broken...

      Deforestation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of land area in (a) Africa, (b) Asia, (c) South America, (d) Europe and (e) North America he estimates was covered in...

      Land Degradation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of land area in (a) Africa, (b) Asia, (c) South America, (d) Europe and (e) North America he estimates was suffering...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many refugees have returned to Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime.

      Bosnia and Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Bosnia and Herzegovina Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees on support and return of displaced...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list for each civil service grade within his (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies, the total number of...

      Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the published objectives were of the Common, Foreign and Security Policy activity reported in the financial tables of the 2003...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government are taking to ensure that the expansion of industrial logging in the forests of the Democratic Republic of...

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.

      Departmental Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if he will make a statement on (a) the nature of the health and education projects in (i) Russia, (ii) Mongolia, (iii) Ukraine,...

      Departmental Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the (a) Good Governance and Improvement of the Law project, (b) 2002 Middle East Peace project and (c)...

      Drought

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what land area in total was affected by drought as defined by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in each of...

      EC/EU Development Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the published objectives were of the expenditure on other external charters of community policy referred to in the financial...

      EC/EU Development Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the published objectives were of the other specific actions listed as items B7–66 in the financial tables of the 2003...

      EC/EU Development Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the commitment of EU development assistance to provide support to national co-ordination units in 2002.

      EU Information and Communication Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the (a) objectives and (b) results of the (i) Mediterranean and (ii) Middle East projects on information...

      Fair Trade Movement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his most recent discussions with the Fair Trade Movement on their work with developing countries.

      Ghana

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has made available for improvements to the water supply in (a) Accra and (b) Kumasi; and what...

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the UK Government will contribute to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Good Governance (West Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the link between good governance and its relation to economic productivity in developing...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support his Department has given to military forces in sub-Saharan Africa to establish programmes to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS by their soldiers.

      Humanitarian Crises

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department takes to verify the accuracy of claims by charitable organisations concerning humanitarian crises.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what independent financial auditing is undertaken on the contracts issued by the Coalition Provisional Authority for the reconstruction...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of (a) the extent to which non-governmental organisations will exit Iraq following the scheduled handover...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations have been made to him by UK-based non-governmental organisations on the security of their aid workers in Iraq...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps will be taken to ensure the security of aid workers in Iraq following the scheduled handover of sovereignty to Iraqis on...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether training projects or preparations for Iraq proposed by (a) the Emergency Response Team and (b) the Conflict and Humanitarian...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what occasions the head of the Emergency Response Team visited (a) Iraq and (b) the Gulf region in the year to 1 May 2003.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether any training in personal health and safety for (a) the Emergency Response Team and (b) the Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance has been given to trade union bodies in Iraq; what programmes such assistance was given under; and whether those...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's total expenditure in Iraq has been since May 2003; if he will list the major projects funded; and under which...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what resources his Department will make available to the Kenyan Government in 2004–05; and if he will make representations to the...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what amount of overseas aid has been allocated to assisting Kenya in each of the last 10 years.

      Land Classification

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information he has collated on (a) the average area of land classified as wetlands, (b) the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum area of...

      Mine Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department will spend on (a) humanitarian mine clearance, (b) commercial mine clearance, (c) military initiatives in mine...

      Mine Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on (a) humanitarian mine clearance, (b) commercial mine clearance, (c) military initiatives in mine...

      Mine Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the recent review his Department made of its mine action funding policy.

      Bushmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the action being undertaken by his Department to combat the international trade in bushmeat.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the situation in Gaza, with particular reference to the movement of food into the area.

      Policy Objectives

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the published objectives were of the (a) democracy and human rights, (b) international fishing agreements and (c) bananas ACP...

      Rapid Reaction Mechanism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the published objectives were of the rapid reaction mechanism financed on the General Commission Budget in 2002; what his...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on progress in developing an airport on St. Helena.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if he will list the meetings at which his Department has been represented on the delivery of sustainable development across...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for what reason food aid to Teso in north-east Uganda was distributed through the World Food Programme.

      Vitamins and Minerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people's health his Department estimates has been damaged as a result of lacking essential vitamins and minerals.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what value for money guarantees he is seeking regarding EU aid spending in Zimbabwe.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Departments: Language Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When communications from the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety will be issued on headed paper using either three languages...

    • North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made since 1 January 2004 in the provision of pensions for civil servants working in the area of Cross-Border Implementation Bodies.

      UK Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of primary legislation arose from, or was significantly influenced by, European Union decisions in each of the past five years; and What percentage...

      United States Supreme Court

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Question for Written Answer tabled by the Lord Lester of Herne Hill on 23 February (HL1406) on whether they have intervened in proceedings pending before...

      Parliament: Legislative Powers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Goldsmith on 31 March (WA 160), whether they consider that, as a matter of British constitutional law, the legislative...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have information that militias armed by the government of the Sudan have invaded parts of the Republic of Chad; and, if so, whether they will raise...

      Former Yugoslavia: Stability Force

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What specific tasks are to be undertaken by European Union defence forces in order to support the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, once the...

      Chechnya

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will invite the Russian Government to agree to the re-establishment of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Assistance Group to...

      Krishna Maharaj

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 29 March (WA 127–8), whether the International Court of Justice has jurisdiction to...

      Krishna Maharaj

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What response they received from Florida's State Attorney following their complaint about the breach of the United Kingdom-United States bilateral agreement...

      Krishna Maharaj

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of discussions between their Consul General in Atlanta and Governor Jeb Bush about the case of Krishna Maharaj.

      Iraq: Transfer of Sovereignty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they expect that sovereignty will be transferred to Iraq on 30 June 2004.

      Iraq: Transfer of Sovereignty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What conditions and restrictions will be imposed upon the powers that may be exercised by the Iraqi authorities after the transfer of sovereignty.

      Criminal Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 5 February (WA 114), what has been the effect on the prison population of the 355 new criminal...

      Speed Cameras

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many fixed penalties and court fines have been ordered to be paid for the offence of speeding detected by camera since the inception of speed cameras in the...

      Ministry of Defence Police: Aggravated Trespass

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 25 March (WA 111), why, if the Ministry of Defence Police officers understood the law in relation to aggravated...

      Military Bands: European Anthem

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any guidance on playing the European anthem by British military bands.

      Armed Forces: Failed Drugs Tests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many commissioned officers failed drugs tests in 2002 and 2003, by service and drug type.

      North-East Regional Assembly

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the breakdown of the estimated £30 million cost of setting up an elected north-east regional assembly; and, if the reorganisation of local government...

      National Health Service Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, as a consequence of the suspension of Mr Terence Hope, any operations have been cancelled at the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham; and Whether they have...

      Adverse Drug Reactions: Yellow Card Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the yellow card reporting system is submitted to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency; and what communication patients or their carers have...

      Pregnancy: Alcohol Consumption

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any evidence of the effects of maternal alcohol consumption in pregnancy on children not exhibiting the diagnostic features of foetal alcohol syndrome.

      NHS: Foundation Trusts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the regulator of National Health Service foundation trusts has made a prudential borrowing code under Section 12 of the Health and Social Care (Community...

      NHS: Foundation Trusts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis National Health Service foundation trusts operating from 1 April 2004 may borrow money.

      NHS: Foundation Trusts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the authorised borrowing limit under Section 17(2) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 for each of the National Health...

      NHS: Foundation Trusts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the authorisations issued by the foundation trusts regulator under Section 6 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and...

      Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current annual budget of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (CPPIH), inclusive of all funding for patient and public...

      Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people are employed full-time in the head office and regional offices of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health; and how many are...

      Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many staff (measured on a full-time equivalent basis) are employed in forum support organisations to support patient and public involvement forums; and...

      Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What operational arrangements have been established to enable members of patient and public involvement forums to reclaim expenses legitimately incurred in pursuit...

      Iraq: Legal Advice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Filkin on 31 March (WA 166), whether they will retain the records of all legal advice given to the Government about the...

      Children: Deaths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of those under the age of 18 who die each year are members of families dependent on income-related social security benefits.

      Northern Ireland: Sub-Post Office Closures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the implications on social care and health of closing sub-post offices in Northern Ireland.

      Emissions Trading

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have submitted a draft national allocation plan (under the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme) which will require reductions in emissions by United...

      Miners: Vibration White Finger Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many miners or widows claiming under the British coal vibration white finger litigation died before receiving their compensation.

      EU: Lisbon 2000 Agenda

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they are doing to promote the integration of the Lisbon 2000 agenda into other key European Union policy areas, including the growth and stability pact; the...

      Alternative Investment Market: Inheritance Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, if one of the qualifying alternative investment market shares entitled to 100 per cent inheritance tax relief and held for two years, is taken over for...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 29 January (WA 56), whether a newly elected Mayor of London could under the Greater London...

      National Lottery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Since the commitment in the National Lottery funding decision document to increase the public's involvement in decisions on lottery spending, what consultations...

      Constitution Hill: Cycle Path

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the six-week closure of the cycleway alongside Constitution Hill, what risk assessment was made of the danger to cyclists of having to use the main...

      Molyneux Globes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they are promoting public access to the Molyneux globes owned by the Middle Temple.

      Ministers' Replies to Correspondence from Members of Parliament

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is accepted practice throughout government departments that letters to Ministers from Members of Parliament must be replied to by Ministers and not by...

      Ministers and Officials: Travel and Subsistence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the annual cost of travel and subsistence incurred by Ministers and civil servants attending meetings and events relating to European Union business.

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