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Written answers

Tuesday, 27 April 2004

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Ammonium Nitrate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the regulation of the sale, storage and use of ammonium nitrate products.

    • Ammonium Nitrate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to ban the use of ammonium nitrate fertilisers for agricultural purposes.

      Ammonium Nitrate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to control the sale of ammonium nitrate; and if she will make a statement.

      Ancient Woodland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of each county was covered by ancient woodland in (a) 1983, (b) 1993 and (c) 2003.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department carries out routine monitoring of feral cats to ascertain the incidence of TB in this population.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of establishing the experimental badger research facility in Weybridge; and what the status of the unit is.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her most recent assessment is of the effect of the Common Agricultural Policy on the cost of the average family's weekly...

      Common Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provisions are in place to enable mistakes following the initial registration of common land to be rectified.

      Departmental Expenditure (Sittingbourne and Sheppey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the expenditure of her Department and its predecessors was for the constituency of Sittingbourne and Sheppey between (a)...

      Electric Shock Dog Collars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what statutory powers she has to ban the sale of electric shock dog collars; (2) how many electric shock dog collars...

      EU Agriculture Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who will represent the UK Government at the meeting of the European Agriculture Council in Luxembourg on 26 and 27 April.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what fishing restrictions apply to vessels not registered in the UK within (a) three mile, (b) six mile and (c) 12 mile...

      Food Industry Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) the additional volume of food industry waste that is disposed of in landfill, the sewage...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in Liverpool, Walton have benefited from the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme.

      Pesticide Voluntary Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make an evaluation of the Pesticide Voluntary Initiative.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of recruitment of civil servants for the Department was in each financial year since 1996–97, broken down...

      Register of Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the requirements are on officials in her Department to declare current interests; and what register of interests is kept...

      St. George's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to mark and celebrate St. George's Day.

      Swill Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the farm at Heddon View was a specialised establishment equipped for the treatment of swill; and whether there were...

      Swill Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether Mr. Bobby Waugh transferred swill for processing to the farm at Heddon View.

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of trees (a) had full crowns, (b) had slight defoliation, (c) had moderate defoliation, (d) had severe...

      Vital Villages Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the reasons why the Vital Villages Programme is being ended.

      Vital Villages Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evaluation she has undertaken of the effectiveness of the Vital Villages programme.

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long on average it has taken in the last 12 months for grandparents who become responsible for their grandchildren to be awarded child benefit for ...

    • Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of the system of targets and bonuses in the Financial Ombudsman Service on the quality of its work.

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from (a) industry and (b) the public on the system of targets and bonuses in the Financial Ombudsman Service.

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has conducted into the system of targets and bonuses in the Financial Ombudsman Service.

      National Asset Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the next version of the National Asset Register to be published.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much, on average, it costs the Government to respond to a parliamentary question.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his forecast is of the expenditure on the childcare element of the working tax credit in 2004–05.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Heywood and Middleton have received child tax credit.

      Business Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in Heywood and Middleton have benefited from the 100 per cent. tax exemption for the purchase of computer and internet equipment.

      Business Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in Stalybridge and Hyde have benefited from the 100 per cent. tax exemption for the purchase of computers and internet equipment.

      Customs and Excise (Court Cases)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many defendants in cases brought by HM Customs and Excise have had to pay the costs of the criminal receivership of their assets when they have been...

      Discretionary Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change the rules regarding the setting-up of discretionary trusts; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment Statistics

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

      Incinerator Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the proposed incinerator tax was not referred to in December's pre-budget report.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many senior citizens in Heywood and Middleton qualified for the 10 pence rate of income tax in each year since its introduction.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many senior citizens in Stalybridge and Hyde qualified for the 10p rate of income tax in each year since its introduction.

      National Insurance Call Centres

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the location is of each of the national insurance call centres; how many people work at each; how many complaints were received concerning each one in...

      New Cars (LPG)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the extra cost of re-engineering a new car for LPG is entered on the P11D form for company cars in a similar way to luxury items.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to set a timetable for the UK to reach the target of spending 0.7 per cent. of gross national income on overseas aid.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North of 15 March 2004 concerning a constituent, ref. PO3/15023/2004.

      Sick Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice the Inland Revenue has provided in relation to the provision of statutory sick pay for temporary workers; and what the legal basis is upon which...

      Sick Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations have been made to the Inland Revenue in relation to its advice on the provision of statutory sick pay for temporary workers.

      Tax Credits (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many recipients of tax credits in Scotland have been overpaid and issued with demands for lump sum repayments by (a) letter and (b) telephone.

  • Defence

    • War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were in receipt of (a) war pension and (b) war widow's pension in 1997; and how many there are in each category now.

    • Apache Helicopter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Apache helicopters (a) are based and (b) will be based at AAC Dishforth; (2) what assessment he has made of the maintenance condition of...

      Armed Forces Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the positioning of the British armed forces throughout the world; what size forces are in each place; and what their...

      Defence Employment (Hampshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many local employees are forecast to be employed as a consequence of the increased concentration of Royal Naval facilities in Portsmouth and South...

      Finningley Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of maintaining Finningley Airport in each of the last five years of ownership by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many medical personnel are based at (a) AAC Dishforth, (b) RAF Leeming, (c) RAF Linton on Ouse and (d) Alanbrooke Barracks, broken down by service,...

      Military Goods Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what circumstances a transfer of military goods is classed as eligible for Crown Immunity rather than constituting a disposal sale; and if he will...

      Ministerial Meetings/Conversations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action his Department has taken to implement the recommendation of Sir Anthony Hammond about writing notes of ministerial meetings and telephone...

      Nuclear Installations (Aircraft Incidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list each near miss incident involving RAF aircraft and United Kingdom nuclear installations reported to his Department in each year since...

      Prisoners (Self-harm)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 25 March, Official Report, column 941W, on self-harm, what target he has set for the completion of the feasibility stage of the...

      Redundancy Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent in each year since 1997 on redundancy payments for (a) administrative staff and (b) industrial staff.

      Register of Interests

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

      Saville Inquiry (Confidentiality)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what study he has made of the implications for former soldiers called before the Saville Inquiry of the recent judgment in the case involving the Bank of...

      Saville Inquiry (Confidentiality)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will resist any attempt to secure the release of confidential exchanges between former soldiers called before the Saville Inquiry and their legal...

  • Scotland

    • White Fish Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has held with the First Minister about the future of the Scottish white fish industry.

    • Post Office Network (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has held with Royal Mail regarding postal services in Scotland.

      Post Office Network (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the future of the Post Office network in Scotland.

      Pensioner Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many pensioners in Scotland he estimates will benefit from the £100 payment announced in the Budget.

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the future of the Barnett Formula.

      Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on prospects for the Scottish economy.

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the most recent discussions he has held on future shipbuilding in Scotland.

      Employment (Glasgow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the level of employment in Glasgow.

      International Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the issue of long-term prisoners convicted of international crime.

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has made to other Government Departments in order to secure the movement of public sector jobs to Scotland following the...

  • Advocate-General

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Central Government Support

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much central Government support per head of population was given to each local authority in each year since 1997.

    • Charity Shops

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent assessment his Department has made of the economic impact of charity shops on town centres.

      EU Aid (Eastern Region)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much aid has been received by the Eastern Region from EU sources in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) aid category and (b) area receiving aid.

      Housebuilding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) private and (b) council housing starts there were in England in (i) 1992, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 2001; and what the latest figures are.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of how the change in the level of council funding for housing has affected the residents of Burnley since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the change in the level of council funding for housing has affected the residents of Heywood and Middleton since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the change in the level of council funding for housing has affected the residents of Stalybridge and Hyde since 1997.

      Housing Market

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect of electronic application to land searches and registration on the speed of housing market transactions; and what...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities raised the level of council tax by 10 per cent. or more when setting the rate for 2004–05.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the yield from uniform non-domestic rates was for each year since its introduction; and what the yield would have been for each year if the rate had been set...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will monitor the practice of developers seeking planning permission to pull down houses in order to open up access to land that was previously undevelopable.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average length of time taken to obtain planning permission was in (a) 2003 and (b) 1997.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many district planning authorities' planning decisions there were in each year since 1979; (2) how many district planning authorities' planning...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what criteria in the planning system are used to ascertain whether an environmental impact assessment is necessary.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether an accumulation of a large number of different planning applications in the same location necessitates an environmental impact assessment.

      Property Consultative Group

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the remit is of the Property Consultative Group; and if he will make a statement on its planned work load for the next four years.

      Starter Homes Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how (a) the Starter Homes Initiative and (b) the Abandoned Homes Initiative have benefited the residents of Heywood and Middleton.

      Tesco (Shrewsbury)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will make a decision on the Tesco planning application in Shrewsbury.

  • Leader of the House

    • Plain English Campaign

      To ask the Leader of the House what representations he has received from the Plain English Campaign on the language used in parliamentary proceedings.

    • Departmental Select Committees

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will make a statement on the representation of minority parties on departmental select committees.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans he has to bring forward proposals for changes to provisions for questions for written answer on a named day.

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether the investigation by the Civil Aviation Authority into cabin air quality considered the presence of (a) mono-ortho, (b) di-ortho and (c)...

    • Bicycle Journeys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many journeys were made by bicycle in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of his departmental vehicles run on (a) fuel cells, (b) liquefied petroleum gas, (c) petrol, (d) diesel, (e) hybrid fuel and (f) other fuel.

      European Rail Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what cost assessment has been carried out by his Department of the implementation of the European Rail Directives package proposed by the EU...

      M62 Widening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his plans for widening the M62 between junctions 25 and 32 in West Yorkshire; what the planned timetable is for the...

      M62 Widening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what alternatives to carriageway widening schemes are being considered to address congestion on the M62 in West Yorkshire.

      National Rail Enquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the quality of service given by the National Rail Enquiries Service (a) before and (b) after part of the service...

      National Rail Enquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether he has held talks with the Strategic Rail Authority about the relocation of the National Rail Enquiry Bureau to India; how many jobs have...

      Offshore Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has been asked to fund navigational aids to prevent vessels colliding with wind turbines.

      Rail Services Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the Treasury's review of rail services to be complete; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the cost per mile of railway line maintenance for each contractor.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much of the subsidy to train operators is used to finance the leasing of rolling stock.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the average payment is per year to lease a unit of rolling stock; (2) what the average cost is of a unit of rolling stock.

      Shipping (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if the Government will meet the compliance deadline of 1 July for implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code; what steps...

      Transport Infrastructure

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

      Transport Infrastructure

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

      Transport Infrastructure

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

      Transport Infrastructure

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

      Transport Infrastructure

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

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Court Administrative Boundaries

      What plans there are to align court administrative boundaries with Government Office regional boundaries.

    • Judiciary

      What plans the Lord Chancellor has to ensure greater diversity in the judiciary.

      Queen's Counsel

      When the Lord Chancellor intends to present proposals to continue or replace the system of Queen's Counsel.

      Social Security Commissioners (Welsh Language)

      What action the Secretary of State takes to ensure that an appellant who is resident in Wales is able to conduct his case before the Social Security Commissioners through the medium of the Welsh...

      Local Authority Records (Public Access)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on access by the public to local authority records under freedom of information...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what data protection safeguards are available to UK citizens whose detailed private information is made available to...

      Immigration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the legal aid costs have been, to date, of representing (a) detainees and (b) those appealing against removal of...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the legal aid budget.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs on how many occasions legal aid has been withdrawn because of fraudulent applications in each of the last three years.

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when he will make an evaluation of the performance of the Legal Services Commission with specific reference to the...

      Members of Parliament

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans the Department has to review the number of hon. Members elected to the House.

      Special Immigration Appeals Commission Hearings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will place in the Library the public parts of the transcripts of Special Immigration Appeals Commission hearings...

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent representations the Lord Chancellor has received on the location of the Supreme Court.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Freeview Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the population of (a) Newtownabbey, (b) Carrickfergus and (c) Larne are able to receive Freeview digital television...

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) hon. Members and (b) political parties from Northern Ireland in relation to promoting Northern...

      Gaming Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the likely impact of the draft Gambling Bill on the gaming industry.

      Kinetika Arts Link International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding was made available by her Department and its agencies to Kinetika Arts Link International and associated companies for...

      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 Heywood and Middleton 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 Stalybridge and Hyde in each year since 1997.

      Regional Development Agencies (Tourism)

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

      Regional Development Agencies (Tourism)

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

      Regional Development Agencies (Tourism)

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

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the tourism industry's balance of trade was in each year since 1992.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what contribution the tourism industry made to gross domestic product in (a) absolute terms and (b) as a percentage in each year...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people were employed directly in the UK tourism industry in each year since 1992.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many overseas visitors came to the UK in each year since 1992.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will publish her Department's Prospectus for Tourism; and when it was first announced that a provisional timescale for the...

  • Minister for Women

    • Maternity Leave Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women (1) if she will make a statement on the extent of discrimination against women in the workplace who have returned to work after maternity leave; and if she will...

  • House of Commons

    • Fair Trade Tea and Coffee

      To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee whether the (a) tea and (b) coffee available from dispensers in food outlets in the House is of a Fair Trade origin.

    • GM Food

      To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee what the Committee's policy is on the purchase of GM food.

      Organic Food

      To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee what steps he is taking to promote the consumption of organic food in House outlets.

      Parliamentary Passes

      To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee if she will list all the classes of pass to the Parliamentary estate, describe each category covered and give the number of each that are...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Company Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of public limited companies which failed to disclose details of their payment records in annual...

    • Consumer Codes Approval Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what steps the Office of Fair Trading have taken to inform consumers of the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme; how much the scheme has...

      Employment Rights

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

      Employment Rights

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

      Employment Rights

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

      Estate Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how her Department plans to respond to the Office of Fair Trading report on estate agents.

      Funeral Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many funeral directors are practising in the United Kingdom.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of young people in Leeds who will benefit from the introduction of the minimum wage for 16 to...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many workers in Burnley have benefited from the national minimum wage.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the (a) name, (b) industry, (c) number of employees and (d) geographical locations of those employers formally issued with...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many workers in Warrington South have benefited from the national minimum wage.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many workers in Stalybridge and Hyde have benefited from the national minimum wage.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry by what mechanism her Department monitors the effectiveness of the Regional Development Agencies' core indicators beyond the end of year results.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost was of withdrawing, reprinting and distributing the RMUK 530 AS leaflet, Mail Made Easy, containing the new postal rates; and if...

      Small Businesses (Burnley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government have taken to help small businesses in Burnley since 1997.

      Utility Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what plans she has to prohibit cold calling and door-to-door selling by utility companies; (2) what measures she is able to take to...

      Utility Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will introduce legislation to prevent the disconnection of utility supplies due to debt.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Environmental Impact

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps the Commission is taking to lessen the House's environmental impact.

    • Security Arrangements

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make a statement on security arrangements in the Palace of Westminster.

      Car Parking Charges

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what recent assessment has been made of the implications of introducing workplace charging for...

      Environmental Audit

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission when the activities of the House were last subject to an environmental audit.

      Lighting

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what plans the Commission has to increase the provision of (a) low-energy lighting and (b)...

      Water

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what volume of water was used within the House in each year from 1997 to date.

  • Wales

    • Accountancy Services

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

    • Road Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much money was allocated for local authorities in Wales to be used for road repairs and improvements in each year since 1997; and how much of these...

      School and Hospital Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) schools and (b) hospitals have been closed in Wales since 1997.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average monthly waiting times in accident and emergency departments in each Northern Ireland hospital were in each of the last three years.

    • Agriculture Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress he has made towards a decision on the future location for the teaching of agriculture at university level in Northern Ireland.

      Animal Transportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the maximum journey limit is for the transportation of live animals from Northern Ireland.

      Area Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what costs have so far been incurred in the preparation of the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan.

      Area Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many area plans are in place in Northern Ireland; and how many are under preparation.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent changes have been made in accessing multi-agency multi-disciplinary diagnosis and assessment services at an earlier stage in...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what changes have been made in (a) school-based and (b) home-based educational and therapeutic provision since the report of the task group on...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the TEACCH educational programme for young people with autistic spectrum disorders.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effects of applied behaviour analysis in the education of children with autistic spectrum disorders.

      Civil Partnership Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) when the decision was made to include Northern Ireland in the Civil Partnership Bill; (2) what assessment he has made of the results of...

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost was of the recent industrial action by staff of the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil servants there were in Northern Ireland in each year since 1996, broken down by (a) grade and (b) department.

      Community Children's Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are in place to (a) develop community children's services in Northern Ireland and (b) encourage the recruitment of more community...

      Councillors (Allowances)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the terms are of the offer made by the Department of the Environment in relation to allowances which are to be payable to councillors in...

      Employment Agencies

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

      Health Services (Newtownards and North Down)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the equity of resource allocation studies by the Eastern Health and Social Services Board and what conclusions he...

      Hospital Admission Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will appoint an experienced individual or group (a) to conduct a Province-wide appraisal of the course of hospital admissions and (b) to...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the availability of properties for first-time buyers in Northern Ireland.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to encourage the recruitment and retention of nurses in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many school (a) full-time and (b) part-time nurses are employed within each Northern Ireland Education and Library Board area.

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been made available for the maintenance and renovation of police stations in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years;...

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when each police station in Northern Ireland was last substantially refurbished.

      Stolen Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cars were reported stolen in each police district in Northern Ireland in the last five years for which figures are available; how many...

      Teaching Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time teaching assistants there were in each Northern Ireland Education and Library Board area in each of the...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to tackle truancy from schools in Northern Ireland.

      Ulster Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to ensure adequate capacity at the Ulster Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what cost/benefit analysis has been conducted regarding animal experimentation.

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research has been conducted into the effects on animals of heterotopic transplants.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the openness of the (a) regulation and (b) licensing procedures in relation to animal experimentation.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the classification of animal experiments is decided.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what official Home Office classification was approved for experiments on primates by Imutran Ltd.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, dated 8 March 2004, with regard to Mohammed Riaz.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he intends to reply to the letter to him from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, dated 8 March, with regard to Miss...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, dated 8 March 2004, with regard to Mr. Abdul...

      Crime (Birkenhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in (a) overall recorded crime, (b) recorded violent crime, (c) burglaries and (d) vehicle thefts in Birkenhead has...

      Crime (Birkenhead)

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

      Crime (Birkenhead)

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

      Crime (Wirral, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in (a) overall recorded crime, (b) recorded violent crime, (c) burglaries and (d) vehicles thefts in Wirral South...

      Crime (Wirral, South)

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

      Cyclists

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance the Government have issued to (a) the police and (b) transport authorities concerning handling cases of cyclists ignoring red...

      Detention and Training Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detention and training orders have been made in each year since their introduction; and if he will make a statement.

      Drug Consumption Rooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction's recent report on drug consumption rooms; and if...

      Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug treatment and testing orders were issued in 2003.

      Drugs Misuse (Manchester)

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

      Gamekeepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department How many gamekeepers have been convicted in the last 10 years of the illegal killing of hen harriers.

      Justice and Home Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcome was of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held on 30 March; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed,...

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many life sentence prisoners have been released on parole during each of the last 48 months.

      Part 1 Warrant

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the information required to be provided on the face of a part 1 warrant, including a European Arrest Warrant, is specified in legislation.

      Prison Drug Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost per offender was of each drug treatment and testing order in 2003 in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) England.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in 2003 began training, education or offender behaviour programmes but were unable to complete these courses due to (a)...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were assessed as having drug-related problems on (a) entry to and (b) exit from each (i) HM Prison Service establishment...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, under future market tests of publicly run prisons, staff transferred to a private sector operator will be protected by the two tier...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders were held in secure accommodation by each local authority social services department on the latest date for which...

  • International Development

    • HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research he has commissioned on microbicide creams to prevent the spread of HIV.

    • Consultancy Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been spent on consultancy fees by his Department in each of the last three years.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken to determine the number of unexploded land mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the humanitarian requirements of those Congolese nationals expelled from Angola and living in the...

      Demography

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the implications for global development assistance of current UN projections for world population in (a)...

      Demography

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assumptions about population inform his Department's country plan for Ethiopia.

      EU Development Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the non-governmental organisations involved in the delivery of the 2002 EU development assistance projects to (a) Cuba,...

      Global Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the use of money from the Global Fund to fight (a) malaria, (b) HIV/AIDS and (c) tuberculosis.

      Mauritania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on water shortages in Mauritania.

      Overseas Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in which countries the Department is represented; how many staff are employed in each location, broken down by (a) UK nationals and (b)...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of (a) current and (b) projected trends in the availability, measured in hectares per person, of farmland...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of (a) current and (b) projected trends in the availability of fresh water in Pakistan.

      Southern Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of the future food aid requirements in Southern Africa.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will assess the advantages and disadvantages of using the private finance initiative process to secure (a) air access for St....

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the security and humanitarian situation in Sudan since the signing of the peace agreement; and if he...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if he will make a statement on the latest humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe; (2) what progress is being made to ensure that...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much money due to clients of the Child Support Agency is held by the Agency owing to computer errors; and how much money has been held in...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much compensation has been paid to clients of the Child Support Agency owing to delays caused by computer errors in each of the last 12...

      Civil Servants

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

      Departmental Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what aspects of the work in his Department's offices in (a) Portsmouth, (b) Southampton and (c) the Isle of Wight have been (i)...

      Disability Appeal Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average administrative cost was in 2003–04 of an appeal to a disability appeal tribunal on a disability living allowance decision.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost is of (a) building and (b) moving into the new Health and Safety Executive (HSE) building at Bootle; and what the total...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the hon. Member for Walsall, North will receive a reply to his letter of 15 March 2004 regarding a DWP branch of the PCS Union.

      Safety Representatives and Safety Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what income was received in each year between 2000 and 2003 from the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees publication.

      Secondments

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

      Temporary Staff

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

  • Health

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional financial resources have been made available to local authorities in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05 to enable them to perform...

    • Cancelled Operations (Weston Area)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled by the Weston Area Health NHS Trust in each year since 1997.

      Children's Continence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment has been made of how children with bladder and bowel problems impact on family life; (2) what assessment his Department has made of...

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what extra funding is planned to be devoted to the implementation of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines on chronic obstructive...

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to ensure the adequacy of training of health (a) professionals and (b) other workers originating from the EU accession countries,...

      Internet Medical Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what controls the General Medical Council has introduced to ensure that doctors who service internet medical companies provide patient consultations.

      Maternity Services (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the risk assessment carried out by clinicians in relation to the transfer of maternity services from Wycombe Hospital to Stoke Mandeville proposed in...

      Minor Injuries Treatment (Dorset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current capacity is of minor injury units in Dorset.

      Minor Injuries Treatment (Dorset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are for improving the current provision of treatment for minor injuries in the Poole and Wimborne area.

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of NHS trusts are using NHS Professionals; and if he will make a statement; (2) what progress has been made towards the target of...

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of companies in England he estimates have an occupational health department; and if he will make a statement.

      Paediatric Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paediatric staff, broken down by medical category, were (a) recruited and (b) employed by hospital trusts in the south-east region of England in...

      Poole Hospital (A&E Unit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the latest average waiting time is for patients with minor injuries at Poole Hospital's Accident and Emergency Unit.

      Prison Health Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 8 April 2004, ref. 164612, on the Prison Health Service, for what purposes the joint letter was issued; and for what reasons the...

      Prison Hospital Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many high security prison hospital places have been established since June 2001.

      Residential Care/Nursing Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) residential care beds and (b) nursing beds have been lost since 1997 in (i) the south west region, (ii) the area served by the Avon,...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes there have been to NHS waiting list times for the residents of Weston-super-Mare in the last seven years.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for his statement that about only 20 or 30 people in England are waiting more than nine months for an NHS procedure.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what co-ordination took place with the United Kingdom senior representative on the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq...

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the ownership of the Iraq Central Bank.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the implementation of a unified legal system in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the (a) fate and (b) whereabouts of everyone held in custody in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to whom the Coalition will hand over powers in Iraq on 30 June 2004; and how members of the successor authority will be chosen.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what powers will be handed over by the Coalition in Iraq on 30 June 2004; and what powers will be retained.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is intended that the political administration that takes over the governance of Iraq on 1 July 2004 will be empowered...

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the refusal of Brazil to allow access for inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency...

      Departmental Employment Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many locally-engaged employees his Department has employed in overseas countries in each year since 1997.

      Dominican Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens are in prison in the Dominican Republic.

      Dominican Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of the Dominican Republic to seek the release from prison of Miss Marianne...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the proposed European constitution takes into consideration cultural and religious diversity.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will undertake to give the people of Gibraltar the opportunity to vote in the proposed referendum on the EU constitution.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Israeli counterparts in respect of the killing of Abdel-Aziz Al-Rantissi in Gaza City on...

      Money Laundering (Gulf States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the Government give to efforts to tackle money laundering in the Gulf States.

      Under-12 Concession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when information on the decision to withdraw the concession for under-12s to join a parent in the UK was posted on the Foreign...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with the Spanish Government their policy on the Western Sahara.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Literacy/Numeracy (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what public funding has been spent on adult (a) literacy and (b) numeracy in Manchester, Gorton in each of the last five years.

    • Advanced Vocational Certificate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils (a) were enrolled to take, (b) were awarded a pass in and (c) have dropped out from the advanced vocational certificate of...

      Apprenticeships (Preston)

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

      Civil Servants

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

      Departmental Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list each consultation that his Department has held in each year since 1997; and what the cost was of these consultations.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people in Heywood and Middleton have received a computer to assist in seeking employment or retraining.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the effects on schools of changes since 1997 in the level of investment in school sports in Stalybridge and...

      English/Mathematics

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

      English/Mathematics

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

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funds were available to the Learning and Skills Council nationally for further education colleges new build requirements for (a) each...

      General Teaching Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been received by the General Teaching Council from his Department in each year since its creation.

      Information and Communication Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money has been allocated to schools in Preston for information and communication technologies since 2001.

      Information and Communication Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many women in Preston have visited an information and communications technology training centre in order to learn skills to return to work.

      Information and Communication Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people in Preston have received a computer to assist in seeking employment or retraining.

      Information and Communication Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the impact of information and communication technology on (a) GCSE and (b) A-level grades.

      Information and Communication Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many women in Burnley have visited an information and communications technology training centre in order to learn skills to return to work.

      Information and Communication Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people in Burnley have received a computer to assist in seeking employment or retraining.

      Information and Communication Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many women in Manchester, Gorton have visited an information and communications technology training centre in order to learn skills to...

      Information and Communication Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding has been allocated to schools in the Easington constituency for IT technologies in 2002–03; and if he will make a statement.

      Literacy/Numeracy (Burnley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been spent on adult (a) literacy and (b) numeracy in Burnley in each of the last five years.

      Managed Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) pursuant to the Home Secretary's written statement of 22 April 2004, on managed migration, whether publicly funded institutions will...

      Religious Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many schools of a religious nature there are, broken down by (a) local education authority and (b) religious affiliation; (2) how...

      School Computers

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

      School Computers

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

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the effects on schools in Burnley of changes since 1997 in the level of investment in school sports;...

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the effects on schools of changes since 1997 in the level of investment in school sports in Manchester,...

      Sports Days

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the number of schools holding annual school sports' days; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each year since 1997, broken down by parliamentary...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacant head teacher posts existed in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) special schools in each year since 1997,...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what guidelines his Department issues on disciplinary action schools should take against teachers who develop inappropriate...

      University Staff (Salaries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average percentage change in salary for (a) university academic staff, (b) academic-related staff and (c) vice-chancellors has been...

  • House of Lords

    • Sewage Disposal: Ballywalter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals there are to provide a new sewage disposal works in the village of Ballywalter, County Down.

    • Civil Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why Schedule 14 to the Civil Partnerships Bill ("meaning of overseas relationship") excludes many countries and territories with partnership registration schemes...

      Afghanistan: ISAF

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In which areas of command NATO now has military authority in Afghanistan; and when there will be a unified command structure.

      Attack Submarines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the paying-off dates for each of the Trafalgar class attack submarines.

      Attack Submarines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many attack submarines are currently equipped with a dry hanger; and how many attack submarines will be so equipped from 2007 onwards.

      HMS "Invincible"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of fixed wing air-defence, ground attack aircraft and rotary wing aircraft they plan to deploy on HMS Invincible between 2004 and 2012.

      Harrier GR7/9

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the planned operational life of the Harrier GR7/9 fleet.

      Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the circumstances that led to the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/1031) being laid before the House on 1 April; who...

      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, which department or agency is responsible for...

      London Borough of Lambeth:Birth Registrations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the case of a child born in the London Borough of Lambeth, what is the average time elapsing between the birth and its registration.

      Migration Statistics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How British subjects leaving a foreign domicile and resuming a British domicile are classified in the annual statistics of net migration.

      Railways: Disabled Access

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will encourage train operators to ensure that trains carry ramps so that disabled passengers can disembark from trains at unstaffed stations or in an...

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