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Written answers

Monday, 26 April 2004

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Accountancy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i)...

    • Central Lobby Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the work she has commissioned from Central Lobby Consultants since 1 June 2001.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the fruit growing industry in respect of Common Agricultural...

      Over-30 Month Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress in bringing the Over Thirty Month Scheme to an end.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what peer-reviewed and published UK studies she has received that have measured actual exposures to pesticides for people...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what peer-reviewed and published UK studies she has received that have provided direct measurements of pesticide levels in...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the impact of the introduction of the Single Farm Payment on fruit growers; and if...

      Voluntary Initiative on Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to make an evaluation of the success or outcome of the Voluntary Initiative on Pesticides.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made on the introduction of Regulations to deliver the (a) Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • J. M. W. Turner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received about the use of the insurance money received by the Tate Gallery following the theft of Turner...

    • J. M. W. Turner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received about the establishment of a dedicated Turner gallery; which organisations and individuals have...

      J. M. W. Turner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to ensure that the works of Turner currently at the Tate and National galleries are (a) placed under the same...

      J. M. W. Turner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will introduce legislation to amend the Museums and Galleries Act 1992 so that it is consistent with the requirement of Turner's...

      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...

      Visual Arts Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many proposed new visual arts facilities her Department has been advised of since 1 January 1998; in which cities and towns they are...

      Visual Arts Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures she has taken to check projections of visitor number attendances at the new visual arts facilities against the actual...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the reasons are for the abatement of pensions under Armed Forces Pension Scheme rules; on what grounds those rules are applied for those in...

    • Army (Self-harm)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 7 April, to question reference 165755, what the reasons are for the delay in collecting and analysing information with regard...

      Defence Bills Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was paid by the Defence Bills Agency to contractors in 2003–04.

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many consultants were employed in the Defence Medical Services in each of the last five years.

      First Gulf War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will instruct the Medical Assessment Programme to test for (a) squalene anti-bodies and (b) mycroplasmal infection in servicemen who served...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what checks are carried out on private military companies supplying guards to British interests in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what security checks are carried out on (a) Iraqi nationals, (b) Third Country nationals and (c) international employees of private military companies...

      Journalists (Conflict Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what rules journalists working with British forces abroad in conflict areas must abide; and if he will make a statement.

      Memorial Cemetery (Korea)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make representations to the UN to replace on the Memorial Wall in the UN Memorial Cemetery, Pusan, Korea, and in official documents, the words...

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make an announcement concerning the use by the US Administration of RAF Menwith Hill in the US missile defence system.

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the purpose is of the latest planning application for another radome at RAF Menwith Hill.

      Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessments have been made of the dangers of exposure to radiation for MOD personnel.

      Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provisions for medical check-ups are provided for (a) current radiation workers and (b) retired and former radiation workers in his Department.

      Suez Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Army Medal Office to complete distribution of the General Service Medal for those who served in the Suez Canal Zone between 1951 and...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current strength of the Territorial Army is; and what its projected strength is for the next 12 months.

      US Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the US bases for each year from 1997 to date where the Ministry of Defence Police Agency operates.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Office Premises (Improper Use)

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what representations the Commission has received on improper use of office premises for...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Manchester, Gorton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the effect of recent trends in investment in renewable energy upon residents of Manchester, Gorton.

    • Manchester, Gorton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many and what percentage of women in Manchester, Gorton have taken 26 weeks maternity leave since 1997.

      Manchester, Gorton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the effects of the EU Social Chapter on the residents of Manchester, Gorton.

      Manchester, Gorton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the effects on residents of Manchester, Gorton of new rights for night-shift workers.

      Manchester, Gorton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many residents of Manchester, Gorton qualify for paid leave entitlements.

      Manchester, Gorton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many residents of Manchester, Gorton have benefited from a reduction of the working week to 48 hours.

      State Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2004, Official Report, column 1363W, on state aid, what definition she uses of the term block exemption;...

      Burnley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effects of the EU Social Chapter on the residents of Burnley.

      Burnley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many and what percentage of women in Burnley have taken 26 weeks maternity leave since 1997.

      Burnley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the benefits to residents of Burnley of new rights for night-shift workers.

      Burnley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many residents of Burnley qualify for paid leave entitlements.

      Burnley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many residents of Burnley have benefited from a reduction of the working week to 48 hours.

      Burnley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many new businesses have started up in Burnley since 1997; (2) how many new businesses have been established in Burnley since 1997.

      Cammell Laird

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she intends to take against directors of Cammell Laird at the point when the company was moved into administration.

      Car Advertisements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will take steps to prevent car advertisements from referring to maximum speed levels achievable where these are in excess of the...

      Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will publish research carried out or commissioned by her Department which compares the level of (a) secured and (b) unsecured debt in...

      Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya's debts to the Export Credits Guarantee Department, broken down by sector, are; if she will list the top five...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will make a statement on the timetable for the Export Credits Guarantee Department becoming a capitalised trading fund; (2) what...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether an assessment of the effects of fully privatising the Export Credits Guarantee Department was made before the decision that it should...

      Gasified Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to encourage the gasification of coal.

      Gasified Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of power was derived from gasified coal in 2003.

      Low Pay Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the terms of reference for the Low Pay Commission's Report of 2004; why the monitoring of enforcement and...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many inspections have been undertaken where no complaint has been made about an employer to ensure that they are complying with the...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what targets have been set for the national minimum wage compliance teams with regard to the investigation of complaints; and whether these...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reason there has been no systematic evaluation of the use and efficacy of the formal powers available to national minimum wage...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the progress being made by, and conclusions drawn from, the local enforcement pilot projects for the national...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will break down those employees affected by cases of underpayment of the national minimum wage brought to the attention of the Inland...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will break down by industry the employers found to be not complying with the national minimum wage provisions by industry for each year...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the prevalence of re-offending in relation to employer non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage Act 1998.

      Newspaper Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the newspaper distribution network.

      Night Shift Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the benefits to residents of Birkenhead of new rights for night-shift workers.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the outcome and lessons learned review of the Post Office Urban Reinvention programme following its conclusion will include an...

      Recognition Ballots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many allegations of intimidation by (a) trade unions and (b) employers during recognition ballots were made in the last 12 months.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many planning applications for wind farms in coastal waters of the United Kingdom have been made in (a) the first round and (b) the second...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the risk of obstruction to the Port of London from the London Array wind farm; and what representations she ...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the extent of interference with maritime navigational instruments from wind farms placed in UK territorial...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will require that the costs of any navigational aids required to prevent collision with windmills positioned in UK territorial waters...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultations she has (a) undertaken and (b) planned with maritime groups concerned about the impact of offshore wind farms on maritime...

  • Treasury

    • Annuities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has recently received about the reform of annuities.

    • Birth Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total number of live births was in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each year since 1992.

      Child Carers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether nannies count as registered child carers for the purposes of the Budget proposal whereby companies' contributions of up to £50 per week to the...

      Children (Statistics)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total number of children in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland aged under five years was in each year since 1992; and...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the towns and cities which have been assessed by Sir Michael Lyons for possible relocation of civil servants from London which have been...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate for (a) 1997 and (b) the latest date for which figures are available the number of householders paying more in council tax than income tax.

      Sea Bass

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to ensure that sea bass (a) served at functions at which he is the host and (b) used in Treasury catering outlets is sourced...

      Economic Inactivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men aged 50 to 64 years and (b) women aged 50 to 59 years were not in employment in each year since 1997.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the figures for (a) adult and (b) youth long-term unemployment in Liverpool, Walton were in each year between 1997 and 2003.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many job vacancies there were in Liverpool, Walton in each year from 1997 to 2003.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Liverpool, Walton were registered unemployed in each year between 1997 and 2003.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many job vacancies there were in Heywood and Middleton in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment was in each year since 1997 in Heywood and Middleton.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the (a) change and (b) percentage change was in full-time permanent jobs in Heywood and Middleton from 1997 to 31 December 2003; (2) how many...

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in tourism-related jobs in Heywood and Middleton on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many job vacancies there were in Stalybridge and Hyde in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.

      Full-time Jobs (Manchester)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the (a) change and (b) percentage change was in full-time permanent jobs in Manchester, Gorton from 1997 to 31 December 2003; (2) how many new...

      Gershon Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Gershon Report will be published.

      Gilts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the value of gilts maturing in each year from now on.

      Job Vacancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many job vacancies there were in Burnley in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.

      Job Vacancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many job vacancies there were in Manchester, Gorton in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the life expectancy at age 65 of (a) a man and (b) a woman (i) 30 years ago, (ii) now and (iii) in 30 years' time.

      London Marathon (Sponsorship)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether charitable and voluntary organisations in receipt of sponsorship money raised by participants in the London Marathon on 18 April 2004 will be...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many workers in Heywood and Middleton have benefited from the national minimum wage.

      Offshore Jobs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department had with the Department of Trade and Industry concerning off-shoring of UK jobs.

      Press Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many press officers were employed in his Department in each year from 1990–91 to 2003–04; what the total cost was in each year; and if he...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Law Society and other solicitors' representative organisations on the introduction of stamp duty land tax with specific...

      Tax Coding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) correct and (b) incorrect notices of coding for those on PAYE were issued for the 2004–05 tax year in (i) January, (ii) February and...

      Tourism-related Jobs (Manchester)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in tourism-related jobs in Manchester, Gorton on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Unclaimed Assets (Charitable Use)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of unclaimed assets he will be able to apply to charitable purposes; and if he will make a statement.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) percentage and (b) actual change in unemployment was since 1997 in each constituency listed in descending order according to percentage drop...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the level of unemployment was in Burnley in each year since 1997; (2) what the level of long-term (a) adult and (b) youth employment in Burnley...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment was in each year since 1997 in Manchester Gorton.

      The Shadow Economy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of how much revenue has been lost by the Exchequer as a result of the shadow economy in each year since 1997.

  • Home Department

    • Adventure Capital Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Adventure Capital Fund.

    • Asylum Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a delay to the date for an appeal hearing with the Immigration Service can be granted if a claimant has not received a decision...

      Capacity Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he defines the term, capacity building.

      Child Sex Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for (a) sexual offences involving minors, (b) prostitution and trafficking involving children and (c) possession of...

      Closure Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions Merseyside Courts issued a closure order in the past four months.

      Crime (Wirral, South)

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

      Futurebuilders Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the timescale for the implementation of the proposed Futurebuilders investment programme; what the mechanism...

      Offenders (Supervision)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of whether multi-agency public protection panels have sufficient resources to ensure that those offenders deemed...

      Paedophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding has been made available for the (a) monitoring and (b) treatment of paedophiles leaving jail.

      Pardons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes in policy have taken place since 1997 on the use of free pardons.

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons were for the increase of £6.5 million in the grant to the Parole Board in the Spring Supplementary Estimates.

      Police

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

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the work of the Sentencing Guidelines Council will contribute to the stabilisation of the prison population.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were released on 10 March.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the prisoner rehabilitation programmes; and at whom each is aimed.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 1 March, Official Report, column 721W, on prison education, if he will make a statement on increased partnership...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on local strategies and initiatives developed by prisons for older prisoners.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the capital reductions costs for the private finance initiative prison contract became overstated; and what measures will be...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of prisoners were sharing cells designed for single occupancy in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to transfer the Foundation Training Company resettlement programme following the re-rolling of Edmunds Hill Prison.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the annual average population of (a) HMP Liverpool and (b) HMP Altcourse was in each of the last six years; and what the present...

      Suicide (Websites)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will proscribe websites which promote suicide; (2) what discussions he has had with internet service providers concerning...

      Vehicle Data Recorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many road traffic prosecutions used evidence based on black box vehicle data recorders to indicate the speed of the vehicles involved in...

      Women in Jail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women were in jail on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Wormwood Scrubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure has been incurred to date by the Home Office as a result of (a) injuries, (b) legal costs and (c) damages arising from...

      Youth Offending Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the statistical base is for the allocation of resources to youth offending teams for (a) drug and (b) alcohol programmes.

  • International Development

    • Contraception (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking through (a) bilateral programmes, (b) EU development assistance programmes and (c) other programmes...

    • EU Development Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if he will list the non-governmental organisations involved in the delivery of 2002 EU Development Assistance projects in (a)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the delivery of aid to (a) Falluja and (b) Najaf in Iraq in April.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the recent flooding in Western Kenya.

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of new jobs that need to be created annually in the developing world if the Millennium...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of progress towards the Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality by 75 per cent....

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of progress towards the Millennium Development Goal of reducing infant mortality by 66 per cent. by 2015.

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance is being given to help women who were raped during the genocide in Rwanda and who now suffer from HIV/AIDS.

  • Scotland

    • Boundary Commission for Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects the recommendations of the Boundary Commission for Scotland to be implemented.

    • Commission on the Scottish Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the remit of his Commission on the Scottish Parliament.

      Commission on the Scottish Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what budget has been set for the operating costs of his Commission on the Scottish Parliament.

      Departmental Computers

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

      Whisky Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Treasury on the proposed introduction of the whisky strip stamp.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Colombia on tackling organised crime.

    • England Cricket Tour (Zimbabwe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met representatives from (a) the England and Wales Cricket Board and (b) the International Cricket Council to...

      EU, Latin America and Caribbean Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if his Department will press for the issue of human rights defenders to be on the agenda of the EU-Latin America and Caribbean...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of the coalition's strategy for replacing soldiers with Iraqi police for law...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of President Gayoom's support for the Ba'athist Party of Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the second source referred to in Paragraph 93 of the Intelligence and Security Committee's report, "Iraqi Weapons of...

      Irish Waters (Navigational Aids)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with the Irish Government regarding the cessation of payments from the UK General Lighthouse...

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have taken place with the Government of (a) Guatemala, (b) Mexico, (c) Peru and (d) Chile; and if he...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations have been made to the Israeli Government in respect of concluding arrangements for the return of...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 31 March 2004, Official Report, column 1449W, on the gifting of military equipment to Nepal, what the...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) cost of and (b) charge for an overnight stay is at each ambassador's and high commissioner's official residence;...

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many seasonal agricultural workers scheme students are awaiting visa processing from (a) Romania and (b) Bulgaria.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in Darfur region and the allegations of acts of genocide committed by the Sudanese...

      The Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will meet representatives of the Maldivian Democratic Party.

      The Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Maldivian nationals are being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

      United States Entry Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice is available to UK citizens wishing to travel to the US on the requirements of the US Administration for (a)...

      United States Entry Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking to protect the interests of UK citizens wishing to travel to America, with particular reference to visa...

  • Transport

    • Bus Lanes (Burnley)

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

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list for each civil service grade within his (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies, the total number of staff employed,...

      Cycle Lanes (Burnley)

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

      Cycling (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to encourage cycling in (a) the City of Gloucester and (b) the rest of Gloucestershire.

      Green Transport Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made on the Department's strategy towards the implementation of green transport schemes.

      Motorcycle Diesel Spillage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in how many (a) accidents and (b) fatal accidents involving motorcycles diesel spillage has been found to be a cause or a contributory factor in each...

      Rail Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will make a report on the current rail review.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many peak-time train services serving (a) Chelsfield, (b) Knockholt and (c) Dunton Green (i) there are at present and (ii) are proposed by the...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the passenger usage data for (a) Chelsfield, (b) Knockholt and (c) Dunton Green that the Strategic Rail Authority used in their...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assumptions were made by the Strategic Rail Authority in the Integrated Kent Franchise document about (a) current and (b) future capacity in the...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assumptions were made by the Strategic Rail Authority in the Integrated Kent Franchise about the number of peak-time passengers who will be...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Rail Review is expected to be completed; and when he plans to make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the owners of rolling stock leased by train operators.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make a statement on the progress being made in improving disabled access to trains; (2) if he will bring forward the end date for...

      Rural Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rural bus services in Burnley are supported by rural bus grants.

      Rural Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rural bus services in Heywood and Middleton are supported by rural bus grants.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the Government has not yet complied with the EU Directive on vessel traffic monitoring and information systems.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action the UK Government will take against ships entering UK ports without International Ship and Port Security Code certification after 1 July.

      Taxis (Regulation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will respond to the Transport Committee's Report on the Regulation of Taxis and Private Hire Vehicle Services in the UK.

      Unmanned Railway Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were killed on unmanned (a) pedestrian and (b) vehicular railway crossings in each of the last five years.

      US (Visitor Visas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to publicise the requirements of the US Administration for visitor visas for UK citizens.

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the upgrading of the Liverpool spur of the West Coast Main Line.

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total estimated cost is of the West Coast Main Line upgrade; and what proportion of this cost is accounted for by (a) construction, (b)...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish his response to the consultation into the implementation of the Working Time Directive for mobile workers in the transport...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his proposed changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme.

    • Balance of Funding Review

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether interim financial measures will be put in place pending the outcome of the Balance of Funding Review.

      Balance of Funding Review

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with National Assembly for Wales Government on the (a) Balance of Funding Review and (b) the parallel exercise in Wales.

      Diesel Spillages

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost has been to each fire brigade to clean up diesel spillage in each of the last three years.

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the Government intend to allocate the council tax received from empty homes.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact of a Public Service Comparator solution to the Ministry of Defence Airfield Support Services Project on the commercial...

      Green Minister

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in that capacity in the last three months.

      Green Minister

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what meetings his Department's Green Minister has attended in that capacity in the last 12 months.

      Green Minister

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the meetings at which a representative of his Department was present regarding the delivery of sustainable development across Government, as...

      Gypsies/Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the costs to Chelmsford local authority of the eviction of Gypsies and Travellers in the last six months.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many people are registered as homeless in North Tyneside; (2) what recent steps his Department has taken to tackle homelessness in North Tyneside.

      Housing (Manchester)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect of the change in the level of council funding for housing on the residents of Manchester, Gorton since 1997.

      Local Authority Confidentiality Rules

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authorities had complaints upheld against them for the breach of rules on confidentiality in 2003–04.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which authorities receive area cost adjustment; on what basis it is calculated; how much each receives; and what plans he has to review it.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department includes fire authority, police authority and parish council precepts in calculations determining the level of increase in council tax...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average council tax bill for a Band D property in Herefordshire was last year; what it is expected to be in the forthcoming year; what percentage change...

      Local Government Reorganisation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress with stakeholders on potential arrangements for local government re-organisation.

      Operation Fresco

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what costs of the Defence Fire Service, incurred during Operation Fresco, were charged to his office's budget.

      Torbay Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he will cap Torbay council in the year 2004–05.

      Traveller Pitches

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what guidance he has issued to (a) planning authorities and (b) the Planning Inspectorate regarding the number of traveller pitches which should be...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Buckingham Palace Garden Parties

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reason the nomination form for garden parties at Buckingham palace excludes Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK from being nominated;...

    • Contingency Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent representations he has received on funding for contingency planning.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Accountancy Services

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms...

    • Debt Recovery

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many (a) state-employed bailiffs and (b) enforcement agents are employed by county and magistrates courts for the...

      Debt Recovery

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the bailiff firms and enforcement agencies each magistrates court uses; and what fees and charges...

  • Education and Skills

    • British National Party

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether British National Party members have become school governors.

    • Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools Capita has entered as part of the Fresh Start scheme in each year since 1997; and how much funding they received for this.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) free nursery and (b) pre-school places were available for (i) three and (ii) four year olds in Manchester Gorton in each of the...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places providing wraparound care linked to early education have been provided since 2000.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many child care places have been created in Manchester, Gorton since 1997; (2) how many children in Manchester, Gorton have...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what mechanisms he will put in place to ensure that the additional £669 million to fund one children's centre in each of the country's...

      Children's Commissioner for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make it his policy that the Children's Commissioner for England should have powers equivalent to those of the Children's...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Greater London were taught in classes of more than (a) 25 and (b) 30 in each year since 1997, broken down by local...

      Classroom Assistants (Liverpool)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many classroom assistants have been employed in schools in Liverpool, Walton in each year from 1997 to 2003.

      Criminal Records Bureau Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received on requiring people coming from abroad to work with children or young people to have checks equivalent...

      Criminal Records Bureau Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will require people coming from abroad to have Criminal Records Bureau checks before they can take up positions working with...

      FE Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the changes he is proposing for the funding of new buildings for further education, with specific reference...

      FE Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many child care places there were in North Tyneside local education authority in each of the last seven years.

      Education Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the standard spending assessment funding was per child in (a) England and (b) the North Somerset local education authority in each year...

      Failing Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in Burnley deemed to be failing since 1997 have since reached satisfactory standards.

      Failing Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in Manchester, Gorton deemed to be failing since 1997 have since reached satisfactory standards.

      Failing Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in Preston deemed to be failing since 1997 have since reached satisfactory standards.

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 15 and 16-year-olds in Manchester, Gorton achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C or GNVQ equivalent in each of the...

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils in Manchester, Gorton reached the (a) mathematics and (b) English standard in each of the last...

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils in England achieved grades A*-C at GCSE in (a) mathematics, (b) English and (c) mathematics and English in each...

      Further Education (Cleethorpes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people attended (a) university and (b) further education from Cleethorpes constituency in each year since 1995.

      Gloucestershire Local Education Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much extra money in net terms is provided to the local education authority in Gloucestershire through the area cost adjustment; and if...

      GNVQs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the future of intermediate and foundation GNVQs.

      Graduate Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many graduates left university in each of the last five years; and how many went into full-time employment.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures are in place in the proposed higher education reforms to ensure that students from (a) less advantaged and (b) other family...

      University Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the level of Government funding for university-based research in each of the past 10 years.

      Jobs (Burnley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people were employed in tourism-related jobs in Burnley on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Learning Disabled Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many learning disabled children there are in England.

      Local Education Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many local education authorities have been taken over by an improvement team in each year since 1997.

      Mothers with Learning Difficulties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what level of IQ would as a general rule indicate that a pregnant woman, without a partner, is so severely learning disabled her child...

      National Childcare Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many children in Birkenhead have gained from the National Childcare Strategy; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many child...

      New Deal for Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much funding each school in Manchester, Gorton has received from the New Deal for Schools; (2) how much public funding has been...

      Newcastle Children's Fund Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will set out the sequence of changes in financial allocations to the Newcastle Children's Fund Partnership for 2004–05; whether...

      Non-Pathfinder Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what additional resources will be made available to non-Pathfinder schools after 2005–06 to provide for additional staff to meet the...

      Pathfinder Children's Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what basis the contribution from each relevant service to each pathfinder children's trust was determined.

      Pre-school Provision (Birkenhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) free nursery and (b) pre-school places were available for (i) three and (ii) four-year-olds in Birkenhead in each of the last...

      Primary Schools (Administrative Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the job evaluation schemes carried out in primary schools for administrative staff.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 22 March 2004, Official Report, column 626W, on school meals, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils...

      School Standards (Liverpool and Berkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 15 and 16-year-old pupils in (a) Liverpool and (b) Berkshire achieved five or more GCSEs at Grades A*-C or GNVQ...

      Schools (Capital Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much capital funding for schools has come from (a) private and (b) public sources in each year since 1997.

      Sexual Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what requirement there is on head teachers in private schools to report to the police allegations of sexual abuse of pupils by school employees.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average full cost per child care place at a children's centre operating under Sure Start is for children aged (a) 0 to six months,...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate the full annual running costs of a typical children's centre operating under the Sure Start scheme.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new teachers entered full-time teaching in each year since 1990.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many registered teachers were recorded as working in a non-teaching capacity in each year since 1997; (2) how many registered...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people have qualified as (a) teachers and (b) advanced skills teachers in each year since 1997.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in Manchester, Gorton on the latest date for which figures are available; and what steps he is taking...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures he is taking to ensure that fully-qualified teachers employed by Social Services have parity of pay and conditions with...

      Teaching Assistants (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching assistants there were in schools in Manchester, Gorton (a) in each of the last seven years and (b) on the latest date for...

      Universal Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the additional cost of offering universal day care for children under five.

      University Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of students attending university were from each of the lowest two social classes in each of the last 10 years.

      University Students (EU Member States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many undergraduate students from other EU member states have been accepted at United Kingdom universities in each of the past 10 years.

      Urban Education Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his policy is on Urban Education projects, with particular reference to the St. Cuthbert's Care project in Byker.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Academic Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the alternative forms of academic selection to the 11-plus assessed by the Department of Education in the last year.

    • Assembly Elections (Malpractice)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Electoral Office has received complaints about malpractice following the latest Assembly Elections in Northern Ireland.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what plans he has to designate the Home Office under section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, with particular reference to functions...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what training student teachers receive on the needs of children with autistic spectrum disorders.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) arrests and (b) cautions there have been in Northern Ireland for (i) the possession of and (ii) the sale of cannabis since its...

      Cross-Border Bodies (Salaries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the salary of each chief executive of the cross border bodies was in the last financial year; when the salaries were last revised; and what...

      Curriculum Classification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the Department of Education's definition and criteria are for classifying curriculum subjects as (a) vocational and (b) academic in...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the increase has been in housing executive rents in Northern Ireland over the past five years.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland housing industry regarding the possible introduction of home information packs.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the total of unpaid housing executive house rents in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average financial assistance offered by Invest Northern Ireland was per job retained in each of the last five years.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the quantity of arms and explosives supplied by Libya to the Provisional IRA in the last 30 years.

      Motorcar/Motorcycle Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public sector money has been allocated to (a) motorcar racing and (b) motorcycle racing in each of the last five years in Northern...

      Nitrates Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has been made of the effects of the Nitrates Directive on the (a) pig, (b) poultry and (c) dairy industry in Northern...

      Planned Maintenance Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the amount of planned maintenance work suspended in each education area in Northern Ireland.

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many constables have joined the Police Service of Northern Ireland since the recent change in transfer arrangements from other police...

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total expenditure on recruitment advertising by the Police Service of Northern Ireland has been in each year since its formation; what...

      Psychiatry Services (Prisoners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the general psychiatry service to prisoners in the Province.

      Public Holiday Entitlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to abolish the public holidays on (a) 17 March and (b) 12 July in any part of the public service in Northern Ireland.

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he will take to ensure that legal protection of Travellers is enhanced by the EU Race Directive.

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in (a) giving legal effect to and (b) promoting a Code of Practice to Promote Racial Equality in Housing and...

      Tree Preservation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the target length of time is between submissions of a request for a tree preservation order and a decision on such a request; and whether...

  • Prime Minister

    • Lyons Report

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on Sir Michael Lyons' report's recommendations to set up a Cabinet committee with a lead Minister.

    • Phillips Review

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress with the Phillips Review of the honours system, and on the methodology being employed.

      Chemical and Biological Weapons

      To ask the Prime Minister what response he has given to the submission of the Royal Society on the case for a research centre to investigate the dangers from chemical and biological weapons.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister how many letters he has received from members of the public in each year since 1997–98.

      Europe

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral statement of 20 April 2004, Official Report, column 156, what the evidential basis is for his statement that the myths that (a) the EU will be...

      Flooding (Lewes)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will visit the Lewes constituency to inspect those areas which were subject to flooding in 2000 and where no flood defence works have yet been proposed.

      G8 Summit

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make representations at the G8 summit for funds to be committed to implement the strategic framework by UNAIDS on Orphans and Vulnerable Children.

      Global Warming

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he has accepted the advice of his Chief Scientist that global warning represents as big a threat to the world as terrorism.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will call for support for children affected by HIV/AIDS to be made a priority at the G8 summit.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister when the director of the CIA first advised the British Government not to use the allegation that Iraq could ready weapons of mass destruction in 45 minutes.

      Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the environmental groups he has met since 1 January 2003.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the towns and cities in the UK he visited in 2003, giving in each case the purpose of the visit.

      National Security

      To ask the Prime Minister what definition of national security is used by the Government.

      Washington Meeting

      To ask the Prime Minister what matters in respect of (a) compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and (b) ratification of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change were discussed during...

      Yemen

      To ask the Prime Minister what steps the British Government is taking to keep allies informed of developments in the fight against terrorism, with particular reference to the Yemen.

  • Health

    • Social Services Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that local authority social services departments abide by confidentiality guidelines.

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were admitted to the accident and emergency departments at (a) Weston General Hospital, (b) the Royal United Hospital, Bath and (c)...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available for the accident and emergency departments at (a) Weston General Hospital, (b) the Royal United Hospital, Bath and...

      Agency Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on agency nurses in each year from 1997–98 to 2003–04; and if he will make a statement.

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues in relation to the maximum time which ambulances should take in transporting pregnant mothers to hospitals in...

      Autopsies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking to encourage hospitals to carry out autopsies.

      CFS/Me

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what evidence he has collated to indicate that CFS/ME is a neurological disorder; (2) what has been learned from studies of the effectiveness of...

      Conception Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many conceptions there were in Southend-on-Sea in each year since 1997, broken down by month; and if he will make a statement.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultancy posts were filled in the last 12 months with non-British trained specialists in cases where British trained specialists had applied.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the revised good practice guidance on the appointment of consultants will be published; and if he will make a statement.

      Delayed Hospital Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average delayed hospital discharge time was for (a) England and (b) the Weston Area Health NHS Trust in each year since 1997.

      Health Service Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases are being investigated by the Health Service Ombudsman; what the duration of an investigation by the Ombudsman from start to finish has...

      Hip Replacements (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting times for hip replacements on the NHS are in each hospital in Essex.

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that (a) adult and (b) children's hospices receive a fixed proportion of public funding.

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current arrangements are for funding hospices; what plans there are for changes in these arrangements; and if he will make a statement.

      Intermediate Care Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) intermediate care beds and (b) non-residential intermediate care places there were in March; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many students completed their studies in medicine at each university in each of the last six years; and how many in each year chose not to continue...

      Mid and South Bucks Health Community

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the definition is of the Mid and South Bucks Health Community; and whether this body has a statutory basis in law.

      Minimum Data Setting Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress in the use of minimum data setting software in the care sector.

      Minimum Data Setting Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those local authorities which have been trialling minimum data setting software; and when they are expected to make an evaluation of its...

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his plans for (a) research into and (b) treatment of motor neurone disease.

      Neurosurgical Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many neurosurgical registrars are due to obtain a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in each six month period over the next three years.

      NHS Wages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average wage of NHS laboratory technicians was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003; (2) what the average wage of NHS cleaners was in (a) 1997 and (b)...

      Paediatric Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what attempts were made by Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust to recruit paediatric staff in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his plans for (a) research into and (b) treatment of Parkinson's disease.

      Patient Choice Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he is making available to patients who have been waiting for surgical procedures on the NHS for six months or more on how they can use the...

      Private Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations have been purchased from the private sector in the last 12 months.

      Private Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the impact of purchasing operations from the private sector on NHS waiting lists.

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many sexually transmitted diseases were diagnosed in Southend-on-Sea in each year since 1997, broken down by disease; and if he will make a statement.

      Surgical Instruments (Middlesbrough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department has taken in response to the incident in Middlesbrough regarding quarantining of surgical instruments.

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of teenage conception in the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority was in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Teenage Sexual Health (Taunton Deane)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) girls and (b) boys under 16 suffered from a sexually transmitted disease in Taunton Deane in each year since 1997.

      Teenage Sexual Health (Taunton Deane)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many girls under (a) 16 and (b) 17 were (i) registered as pregnant and (ii) gave birth in Taunton Deane in each year since 1997.

      Teenage Sexual Health (Taunton Deane)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) boys and (b) girls under 16 have been issued with contraceptives in Taunton Deane in each year since 1997.

      Treatment of Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department issues on the treatment of children in hospital by staff not specifically trained to treat children; (2) what guidance...

      Treatment Sector Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many contracts for independent sector treatment centres have so far been signed in the NHS in England; (2) what his Department's projected...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of Post Office closures in Greater London on the collection and payment of pensions.

    • Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many persons are employed in jobcentres; and what estimate he has made of the total in 2004–05.

      Corporate Manslaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely impact on health and safety at work of the Government's proposed legislation on corporate...

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of changes since 1997 on the incomes of the poorest pensioners.

      Workplace Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the current level of workplace inspections carried out by inspectors on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive is; and if he will make...

      Work at Height Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the draft Temporary Work at Height Directive; and if he will make a statement.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners over 70-years-old he expects to benefit from the payments to mitigate council tax increases.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to compensate workers who lose occupational pension rights prior to the introduction of the pension protection fund.

      Pension Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to protect the pension rights of workers transferred from one employer to another.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received (a) sickness benefit, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) disability living allowance in (i) England and Wales and (ii)...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will inquire from the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency why the letters of 26 January, and of 24 March, from the hon. Member...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will inquire from the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency when the hon. Member for Walsall, North will receive a substantive...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions since the introduction of the new payment system in the Child Support Agency, how many cases on that system have been successfully concluded in...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency cases in the Angus constituency are being dealt with under (a) the previous and (b) the new assessment system.

      Departmental Communications

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

      Departmental Working Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the aims are of the (a) Modern Service Working Group and (b) Activities for Managing Life Working Group; what funding his Department has...

      Employment

      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 Heywood and Middleton over the last seven years.

      Employment

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

      Employment

      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 Stalybridge and Hyde over the last seven years.

      "Making the Market Work"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the trade associations which replied to the making the market work initiative, referred to in the second stage report of the...

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) number and (b) percentage of pensioners who were eligible non-recipients of (i) minimum income guarantee and (ii) council tax benefit...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners benefit from (a) the minimum income guarantee and (b) free TV licences, broken down by constituency, with constituencies...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many press officers were employed in his Department in each year from 1990–91 to 2003–04; what the total cost was in each year;...

      Retirement Planner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons the launch of his Department's proposed web-based retirement planner has been delayed, from the initial target year set out...

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioner households will benefit from the winter fuel allowance; and what amount of funding for winter fuel allowance will be given...

  • House of Lords

    • Retail Crime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent action they have taken to combat retail crime; what estimate they have made of its cost to retailers; and what further action they are considering.

    • Multiculturalism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support the view of the Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality concerning multiculturalism.

      Police Driving: Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Of those people killed or seriously injured by police cars, how many involved pursuit-trained police drivers and how many involved other police drivers for each of...

      Torture

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the implications of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 for the United Kingdom's international commitments to reject and condemn torture in...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many United Kingdom passports are currently valid for persons aged over 100 years; and How many United Kingdom passports are at present in issue; and how many...

      Home Secretary's Special Adviser

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the areas of Home Office policy within the scope of work done by Mr Matt Cavanagh, special adviser to the Home Secretary; and whether those areas include...

      EU: Decision-making Procedures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 17 June 2003 (WA 90), what powers and policy areas previously under the control of...

      EU: Decision-making Procedures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 4 July 2003 (WA 140–42), what aspects of United Kingdom education and public health...

      EU: Decision-making Procedures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 4 July 2003 (WA 140–42), what aspects of United Kingdom education and public health...

      British Telecom: Northern Ireland Phone Book

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Ofcom was consulted regarding the recent decision by British Telecom to cease to publish a single phone book for Northern Ireland.

      British Telecom: Northern Ireland Phone Book

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What rationale was given to Ofcom by British Telecom to cease to publish a single phone book for Northern Ireland.

      Equal Pay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether under the Equal Pay Act 1970 an employer may pay female staff a lower hourly rate of pay than male staff while providing female staff with other benefits,...

      Nuclear Material

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How materials removed from sites such as Windscale, Winfrith and Harwell are being treated or stored to prevent the release of harmful radioactivity.

      Wild Boar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce a close season for wild boar.

      Wild Boar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With what weapons it is legal to kill wild boar.

      Wild Boar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether wild boar are game or vermin.

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 5 March (WA 135), what contributions were made to the last three Olympic Games by (a) local...

      Train Operating Companies: Incentive Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the basic payments and incentive receipts or payments made by the Strategic Rail Authority to each passenger train operator in 2002–03; and why...

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