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Written answers

Thursday, 22 April 2004

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • New Opportunities Fund

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

    • New Opportunities Fund

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

      Smithfield General Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will spotlist the Smithfield General Market, the adjacent fish market and Red House.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from farming groups regarding biofuels.

    • Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessments her Department has made of the effects of her proposals for single farm payments with respect to (a) tenant...

      Aggregates Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the environmental effects of the aggregates tax on Somerset.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she plans to take to deal with the threat of bovine tuberculosis to cattle.

      Coastal Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues in the Netherlands on similarities between the approaches taken...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the employment agencies which her Department and its predecessors have used to supply temporary staff in...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the (a) sampling procedures used in the Chardon LL VCU trials and (b) statistical validity of...

      Local Food Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's support for local food production.

      Methyl Bromide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what position Her Majesty's Government is taking over current applications to the United Nations for exemptions from the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her best available estimate is of the cost of answering the questions on badgers and bovine TB asked by the hon. Member...

      Temporary Staff/Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 March, Official Report, column 1391, on temporary staff, if she will list the amounts spent by...

      UK National Seed List

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her responsibilities relating to the inclusion of GM crops on the UK National Seed List as it...

      Water Supply (Nitrate Pollution)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the reasons for changes in the level of nitrate pollution in public water supplies; and what...

  • Home Department

    • Al Tawhid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the activities of Al Tawhid in the United Kingdom.

    • Al-Muhajiroun

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will proscribe al-Muhajiroun under the anti-terrorism legislation; (2) if he will make a statement on the activities of...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to ensure courts give particular consideration to the impact of antisocial behaviour on victims, witnesses and the...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many areas have been designated as an area of persistent antisocial behaviour by a senior Merseyside police officer since the inception...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the new antisocial behaviour prosecutor teams in the Crown Prosecution Service.

      Background Checks (EU)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts regarding requirements for checks on people coming to the UK from other EU countries...

      Car Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many car crimes there have been in each year since 1997; and how many resulted from the theft of car keys.

      Chromatography Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has evaluated on chromatography tests for traces of explosives in human hair.

      Correctional Policy HQ Command

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the intended size of the Correctional Policy Headquarters Command is.

      Correctional Policy HQ Command

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the Correctional Policy Headquarters' administrative requirements; and what estimate has been made of the costs.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional powers the Criminal Records Bureau would require to carry out checks on all people coming from abroad before they were able...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he made of the consistency with international law of the interrogation methods deployed by the US at Guantanamo Bay before...

      Merseyside Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions a Merseyside police officer has taken a child home after 9 pm from a designated area since the inception of this power.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which not-for-profit organisations have been invited to comment on the proposed National Offender Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish legislation to introduce a National Offender Management Service; and whether he plans for it to be subject to...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which bodies his Department has consulted on the proposals for a National Offenders Management Service.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what disciplinary measures have been taken against police officers as a result of the breach of security on the parliamentary estate on 20 March.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons were for the decision not to charge the officers who made racist comments while filmed by an undercover journalist for the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change there has been in police numbers in (a) the Avon and Somerset police authority and (b) Weston-super-Mare in each year since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in full-time police officers in Manchester Gorton has been since 1997.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the effect has been on probation areas in England and Wales of the 2 per cent. underspend imposed in December 2003; and how many areas...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons were for the increase of £47.2 million for Probation Headquarters in the Spring Supplementary Estimates; and how this...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what new money he pledged to Afghanistan at the recent Donor Conference in Berlin.

    • EU Development Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what his Department's involvement was in the 2002 project, financed by EU Development Assistance, to promote the human rights of...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the efficacy of his Department's contract with the World Food Programme to distribute food to Teso in...

  • Prime Minister

    • Committee on Standards in Public Life

      To ask the Prime Minister when he will announce new appointments to the Committee on Standards in Public Life; and if he will make a statement.

    • Food Imports

      To ask the Prime Minister which Government Departments are responsible for ensuring that (a) EU member states' and (b) EU accession states' food imports to the UK meet the appropriate EU (i)...

      Foreign Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister what his policy is on the length of time it is appropriate for Cabinet Ministers to be out of the country.

      Jonathan Powell

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reasons Mr. Jonathan Powell has the power to direct civil servants.

      Mayor of London

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last met the Mayor of London.

      Michael Meacher

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reasons the hon. Member for Oldham West and Royton left his post as Environment Minister.

      Ministerial Cars

      To ask the Prime Minister what steps he is taking to reduce the dependency of (a) himself and (b) his Ministers on ministerial cars.

      Surveillance Commissioner

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the reappointment of the Surveillance Commissioner under Part III of the Police Act 1997.

      Use of Government Property

      To ask the Prime Minister what his policy is in respect of the use of Government property by individuals other than special advisers to carry out work for New Labour.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Katharine Gun

      To ask the Solicitor General pursuant to her answer of 8 March 2004, Official Report, column 314W, on Katharine Gun, if the Attorney-General will place copies of the correspondence between...

  • Transport

    • Buses (Merseyside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what incentives have been provided to upgrade buses used within the Merseyside transport system.

    • Congestion Charge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last met representatives of (a) Transport for London and (b) the Greater London Authority to discuss the congestion charge.

      Driving Test Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average wait for a driving test is (a) at Mill Hill test centre, (b) in London and (c) in each of the other regions of the United Kingdom;...

      Electronic Vehicle Licensing System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2004, Official Report, column 1571W, on Electronic Vehicle Licensing System, when the Electronic Vehicle Licensing...

      Green Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in the last three months in that capacity; (2) what meetings his Department's Green...

      Liverpool Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to review the role of Liverpool Airport within the national airport strategy.

      Traffic Calming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has had from the emergency services since June 2001 on the removal of (a) speed humps and (b) pinch points on the road network.

      Traffic Calming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) factors and (b) statistics relating to road humps his Department is planning to monitor; and when monitoring will commence.

      Transport Services (Birkenhead)

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

      Transport Services (Birkenhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of priority bus lanes have been created in Birkenhead since 1997.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Communications

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) how many staff are employed in the Office to work in the communications field, broken down by (a) Government Information and Communication Service staff and...

  • Trade and Industry

    • EU (Recognition of Qualifications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the proposed European Directive on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications, with particular...

    • Internet Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with the Home Office about combating fraud committed over the internet.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list law companies who have not responded to the request to repay amounts overcharged to miners and their widows in respect of...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with the British Chamber of Commerce on the subject of regulatory impact assessments.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress her Department is making on promoting the environmental benefits of renewable energy.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment she has made of the operational efficiency of Royal Mail; what action she is taking to improve the standards of...

      Small Businesses (Tynemouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent action her Department has taken to support small businesses in Tynemouth constituency.

      Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the supply of steel in the UK for manufacturing industries.

      Textiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people were employed in the textile industry in 1997; and how many are employed in it now.

      Wind Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost is per kilowatt hour of electricity generated by (a) offshore wind and (b) onshore wind; and if she will make a statement.

      Wind Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the environmental impact of wind farms.

      Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the IT industry about the recommendations of the industry forum for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave...

  • Health

    • Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the extent of Government research and development programmes on allergies.

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital consultants retired in the last quarter of (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what data collection systems are in place to record the (a) number and (b) costs of drugs for dementia supplied to acute and mental health trusts;...

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what statistics will be available centrally from his Department on NHS foundation trusts.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there were per head of population in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority in each year since 1997.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole time equivalent general practitioners there were in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority in each year from September 1997 to...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of (a) medical and dental staff and (b) administration and estates staff was in each year from 1997–98 to 2002–03 (i) in cash...

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reason his Department ceased in October 2001 to collect data on the proportion of student nurses who successfully complete courses in (a)...

      Postcode Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to tackle the large local variations in the availability of chemotherapy and other systemic therapies across England identified by the...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will undertake a review of the funding allocation for the Buckinghamshire primary care trusts before 2006.

      Social Services Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many social services departments do not have an intervenor service for deafblind children.

      Supporting People Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Treasury on the overspend on the Supporting People budget.

      Supporting People Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he has given to local Supporting People teams on the implications of the budget overspend.

  • Education and Skills

    • Apprenticeships (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many residents of Manchester, Gorton have undertaken apprenticeships in each of the last five years.

    • Degree Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of students graduated from (a) skills-based and (b) academic degree courses in each year between 1997 and...

      Degree Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many and what proportion of students enrolled on (a) skills-based and (b) academic degree courses in each year between 1997 and...

      Early Years Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many playgroup places were available in each year since 1997.

      University Attendance (Greater London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people attended university from Greater London in each year since 1996, broken down by local education authority.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students have applied to take (a) foundation degrees and (b) Higher National Diplomas in each of the past three years.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of whether the proposed reforms to the funding of higher education will affect the choice of place of study of...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from England attended higher education institutions in Scotland in each academic year since 2000–01.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from Scotland attended higher education institutions in England in each academic year since 2000–01.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the level of public spending per student in higher education will be in the current financial year and each of the two subsequent...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the individual public sector budgets from which grants have been made to higher education institutions in the past two...

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the attrition rates for medical school undergraduates were in each year of training since 1997.

      Part-time Undergraduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the age profile is of part-time undergraduate students in the UK.

      School Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils in Greater London live more than three miles from the school they attend, broken down...

      Speech Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many colleges in London offer speech therapy courses; and how many places are available on each course.

      Speech Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many students started speech therapy courses at colleges in London in each year from 1997 to 2004; (2) how many students dropped...

      Student Drop-out Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the drop out rate was for each (a) higher education and (b) further education institution in the latest year for which figures are...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil servants are employed in each constituency listed in descending order.

    • New Deal

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office How many New Deal 50 plus clients were employed in each of the last three years by (a) his Department and (b) all other central Government Departments.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the 10 (a) least and (b) most indebted local authorities are.

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the Government intends to change the formula for distribution between authorities of housing revenue account and management and maintenance allowances; and...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the latest allocation of Planning Delivery Grant to each local authority and region.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he intends to cap the council tax rise imposed by Herefordshire council; and if he will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to reply to the (a) letters from the Chairman of South Cambridgeshire District Council of 30 January and 2 April and the (b) letter from the hon....

      Development Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his latest timetable is for implementing (a) regional spatial strategies and (b) local development documents.

      Drugs Litter

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether powers exist to permit officers of a local authority to enter private property to retrieve drugs litter.

      Fire Safety/Construction Products

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to consult (a) the Association of Fire Consultants, (b) the Passive Fire Protection Confederation and (c) the Active Fire Industry...

      Fire Safety/Construction Products

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on European Commission proposals to make the use of a CE mark mandatory for construction products.

      Fires

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of fires caused by cigarettes in each of the last five years; and how many deaths there were in such fires.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Government's strategy on building on the Green Belt is.

      Houses in Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultations he has had with landlords and landlords' representatives regarding the method by which licensing of houses of multiple occupation will be...

      Houses in Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to introduce a pilot scheme for licensing of houses of multiple occupation in England and Wales.

      Houses in Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultations he has had with landlords and landlords' representatives regarding the manner in which central Government will monitor licensing of houses of...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of how the Starter Homes Initiative has affected the residents of Burnley.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homes have been made available within Liverpool, Walton under (a) the Starter Homes Initiative and (b) the Abandoned Homes Initiative.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect of the Starter Homes Initiative on the residents of Manchester, Gorton.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what evaluation he has undertaken of the link between the current level of housing construction and the time it takes to obtain full planning permission.

      Housing Act 1986

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what measures are in place to assess the effectiveness of the implementation of the Housing Act 1986; and what their findings are; (2) what measures are in...

      Housing and Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the names and functions are of the organisations and agencies within his Office that relate to housing and planning; what budget is allocated to...

      Housing and Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many PFI projects have been undertaken within the remit of the housing and planning section of his Office since private finance initiative projects were...

      Housing and Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what functions the EU requires his Office to undertake with regard to housing and planning.

      Housing Bill

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Government estimates the implementation of the provisions of the Housing Bill will cost; and what funds the Government have committed to the...

      Local Development Frameworks

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made by local authorities in meeting their Public Service Agreement 6 Target to complete all their Local Development Frameworks by 2006;...

      Local Government Finance (Liverpool)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much grant has been paid to Liverpool City Council each year since 1997.

      Management and Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average management and maintenance allowance per dwelling in England was for each year from 1990–91; and what the planned figure is for 2005–06.

      Oxfordshire (Barker Report)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the implications of the Barker Report for Oxfordshire.

      Planning Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many qualified planning officers are employed by local government in England; and how many will be required to implement the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he proposes that the proposed temporary borrowing powers for cash management purposes for possible regional assemblies will be guaranteed by central...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for the years 1997 and 2003 (a) how many houses were sold under (i) the right-to-buy scheme and (ii) the right-to-acquire scheme, (b) how many council houses were...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is regarding the percentage of social housing that should be built on land released for residential use by the Ministry of Defence and the...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to amend planning guidance in relation to telecommunications masts.

      Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice he has received on the impact on appeals by travellers against planning enforcement where it can be proven that the appellants own property elsewhere...

      Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effects of the Human Rights Act 1998 on planning decisions relating to travellers' sites.

  • Treasury

    • Special Purpose Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many special purpose vehicles have been set up since October 2002.

    • Child Tax Credit (Manchester)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Manchester, Gorton have received child tax credit.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the impact on revenue of the European Court of Justice ruling concerning corporation tax for (a) 2004–05,...

      Tax Credits (Overpayments)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account is taken of claimants' weekly entitlement before tax credit overpayments are recovered.

      Tax Credits (Overpayments)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what limits there are on the recovery of overpayments for tax credits.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what powers exist to retrieve child maintenance from British citizens who leave the country and go to live in another EU...

    • Debt Recovery

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs in how many county court judgments enforcement agents have been used to recover debts where the sum of money to be...

      Debt Recovery

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the proceeds of sales of goods by enforcement agents employed by the county courts was for the payment of (a)...

      Debt Recovery

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs in how many county court judgments letters were prepared and sent advising clients that a warrant for the recovery of a...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what proportion of all house sales in England the Land Registry completes electronically; and what the target date is for...

      Legal Aid (NHS Cases)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of current legal aid arrangements for (a) patients and (b)...

      NHS Negligence Claims

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the likely levels of compensation for deaths where the deceased has no...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the activities of Hamas in the United Kingdom.

    • Immigration Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date the High Commission in Islamabad and UK Visas sent to the Home Office all papers relating to the appeal of Mr. S....

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Nigerian Government regarding the violence against Christians in the state of Plateau.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts regarding the EU-led peacekeeping force for Sudan; and if he will...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Energy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on how he plans to implement his policy of using public expenditure to reduce the costs of electricity to business.

    • Gas Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will meet with the Centrica Company to discuss the effects that the proposed rise in retail gas prices will have on Northern Ireland's...

      Gas Supply Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to ensure that a long-term agreement is reached between the...

      Gas Supply Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce competition into the natural gas industry in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether ecclesiastical exemption applies to listed buildings in Northern Ireland.

  • Defence

    • Aerospace Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to sustain employment in BAE Air Systems divisions.

    • Boscombe Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of Boscombe Down; and what the cost of the establishment has been in each year since 1997.

      Bradford University School of Peace Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether other universities were invited to tender for the contract awarded to the Bradford University School of Peace Studies by the Ministry of...

      Civilian Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Government will pay compensation to the dependants of civilians killed by UK military action in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he proposes to reply in full to the letters of 10 March and 6 April of the hon. Member for Woking concerning Warrant Officer 2 Grieves reference...

      Defence Medical Centre (Birmingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total planned cost of the Defence Medical Centre at Birmingham is; and what savings have been identified from its establishment.

      Equipment Purchases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of table 2 from the National Audit Office report Operation Telic—United Kingdom Operations in Iraq,...

      Equipment Purchases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which of his Department's management groups purchased equipment under the urgent operational requirements procedure in financial year 2002–03; and...

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to conclude his discussions with BAE Systems about the price and quantity of Eurofighter Typhoons that will form Tranche II of the Project.

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what issues prevent him from ordering Tranche II of the Eurofighter Typhoon Contract.

      Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many roll-on roll-off ferries his Department has commissioned since 1997; and how many are in service.

      Harrier GR7

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how much longer he expects to retain the Harrier GR7 in service.

      Jaguar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the RAF Jaguar Aircraft.

      Land Releases (Hampshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his Department's current programme for land releases in Hampshire.

      Qinetiq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provisions were included in the transfer of Defence Evaluation and Research Agency assets to QinetiQ for clawback in respect of development land...

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of (a) RAF Coltishall and (b) RAF Wittering.

      Suez Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long on average it has taken from a claim to an award of the Canal Zone Medal.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many objections were made by his Department against pre-applications to build onshore wind farms in each of the last five years; and how many...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disabled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the measures introduced to improve the working conditions of disabled workers in Crosby over the last seven years.

    • External Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a list of the projects on which his Department employed external consultants in each of the last six years.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) men and (b) women receiving incapacity benefit payments made on mental health grounds in relation to (i) depression, (ii)...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women receiving incapacity benefit made on mental health grounds in each year since 1997 in relation to (i) stress,...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the expansion of the specialist personal adviser service to support longer-term incapacity benefit recipients announced in the Budget...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the categories of pension credit recipient who are entitled to a level of guarantee credit in excess of the standard level.

      State Second Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from what date entitlement to the State Second Pension will accrue on a flat-rate basis; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Southern Africa: Food Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance was given to Southern Africa in 2003 from the international community to tackle food shortages across the region.

    • Southern Africa: Food Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance they plan to give in 2004 to tackle forthcoming food shortages across Southern Africa; and what total assistance they estimate will be required...

      Afghanistan: DfID Assistance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In which Afghan ministries they have provided training and capacity building; for how long, and with what results.

      Southern Health and Social Services Board Pharmacy Practices Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who are the members of the Pharmacy Practices Committee of the Southern Health and Social Services Board; who appoints these members; and in what way the committee...

      Irish Language Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultations took place between the appropriate departments and the Irish Language Agency on the issue of the agency's budget for 2004.

      Cross-Border Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the implications for the cross-border implementation bodies of the Republic of Ireland's Official Languages Act 2003.

      Cross-Border Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a cross-border implementation body may relocate its headquarters without approval from a meeting of the North/South Ministerial Council.

      Cross-Border Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How and when the locations of the headquarters of the cross-border implementation bodies were decided; and whether the North/South Ministerial Council was consulted.

      Northern Ireland Civil Service: Remuneration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11 March (WA 184), what is the salary scale for the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service in monetary...

      Northern Ireland: Targeting Social Need

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps Waterways Ireland and the Food Safety Implementation Board have taken to support the policy in Northern Ireland of targeting social need.

      Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 31 March (WA 163), whether there is any justification in international law for interpreting the...

      Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 31 March (WA 163), whether they consider British Jews to be a national minority within the...

      Defence Information Systems

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give a breakdown by salary band of the number of employees in the defence information systems integrated project team.

      War Widows

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pre-1973 war widows relinquished their war widow's pension by virtue of remarriage or cohabitation for (a) 1999; (b) 2000; (c) 2001; (d) 2002; and (e) 2003.

      War Widows

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pre-1973 war widows are in receipt of a war widow's pension for (a) 1999; (b) 2000; (c) 2001; (d) 2002; and (e) 2003.

      Disabled Children: Truancy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that local education authorities make all the family circumstances of disabled children with unemployed parents available to magistrates...

      Pensions Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received from trade unions about their concerns with regard to the Pensions Bill; what replies they have sent; and whether there is...

      Azinphos-methyl: Inveresk Study

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 29 January (WA 57) on the Inveresk study, whether a report was submitted to any department or...

      Azinphos-methyl: Inveresk Study

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 29 January (WA 57) on the Inveresk study, whether it is their policy to approve the use of...

      Azinphos-methyl: Inveresk Study

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 29 January (WA 57) on the Inveresk study, whether the experiment with the pesticide...

      DrugScope

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the nature and extent of any relationship between government departments and DrugScope; and what influence, if any, DrugScope has on policy formation.

      Orchards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many orchards and how many hectares given over to orchards have been lost in the past 50 years in Great Britain; and how many of those are traditionally...

      Orchards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek changes from the European Commission before 1 January 2005 to ensure that Britain's remaining orchards will not be grubbed up as a result of...

      Orchards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they alone among European Union member states have excluded orchards from being regarded as an environmental benefit as well as having cultural benefit and...

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