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Written answers

Wednesday, 28 April 2004

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) males and (b) females are employed in the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Air Force and (iii) Royal Navy as (A) commissioned officers, (B)...

    • Army (Redress of Grievance Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many army redress of grievance cases have been submitted in the last five years; and how many are still pending after three years.

      Army (Redress of Grievance Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the reasons are for the delays of over three years of army redress cases; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made in establishing defence colleges as centres of vocational excellence.

      Droitwich Spa Army Medal Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of the planned closure of the Droitwich Spa Army Medal Office on the efficient issuing of the (a) Iraq and (b)...

      Joint Medal Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written statement of 20 April 2004, Official Report, column 11WS, on Joint Medal Office, how many personnel he expects will move to RAF...

      Manning Control Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military and civilian staff from APC Glasgow were involved in the administration of manning control points in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003, broken down...

      Manning Control Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many amendment to terms of service forms have been signed by army personnel who have been listed for manning control reviews in each of the last...

      Manning Control Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers who were (a) discharged under QR 9.413, (b) issued with manning control warning certificates and (c) discharged due to QR 9.414 who...

      Manning Control Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what forms are used in the process of manning control; and in what order they are used.

      MOD Bases (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the change has been in the number of jobs at his Department's bases in Wales in each year since 1997; and what the change has been in the...

      Nuclear Co-operation (France)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to share (a) nuclear weapons designs and (b) nuclear weapons technology with the French Government.

      Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons delays are occurring in relation to the payment of mobilised reservists; how many reservists are affected; and what action he is...

      US Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether US nuclear weapons will be withdrawn from the UK as part of the current withdrawal of US nuclear weapons from Europe; and if he will make a statement.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has made to the Department of Trade and Industry regarding the placement of wind farms around the UK coast.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for wind farms on its facilities on the UK coastline.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consultation he has (a) undertaken and (b) planned with maritime groups about the impact of offshore wind farms on marine navigation.

  • Transport

    • Faulty Exhaust Pipes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how often checks are made to ensure that motorists with faulty exhaust pipes are prevented from releasing toxins into the atmosphere; (2) what...

    • Diesel Spillages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, (1) if he will take steps to encourage vehicle manufacturers to undertake or fund research into designs for a fuel tank that would not allow diesel...

      Highways Agency Traffic Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the responsibilities of uniformed Highways Agency Traffic Officers are.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what form of transport he used to travel to and from London Liverpool Street railway station on 1 April to launch the new Greater Anglia Franchise.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the occasions from 1 January to 31 March when, in association with his ministerial duties, he used (a) railway services, (b) bus...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that all future and current construction of fencing alongside the M1 motorway in Leicestershire and South Yorkshire is set back a...

      Recycled Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what percentage of (a) paper for printed publications and (b) copying paper used by the Department in 2002–03 was from recycled sources;...

      Recycled Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports, in each case stating (i)...

      Road Casualties (Burnley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the percentage change in (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries on the roads of Burnley has been since 1997.

      Shipping (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many additional staff his Department's Security Directorate has recruited in order to complete assessments of ship security plans as required under...

      Transport Infrastructure (Stalybridge and Hyde)

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Ammonium Nitrate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the agriculture industry on alternatives to ammonium nitrate fertiliser.

    • Animal Carcase Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on compliance arrangements for low capacity animal carcase incinerators.

      Bass Fishery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will close the UK inshore bass fishery to commercial exploitation on conservation grounds; and if she will make a...

      Bass Fishery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Scottish vessels are pair trawling the sea bass spawning shoals off the south and west coasts of England.

      Bass Fishery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many vessels made landings of spawning sea bass at Plymouth on 26 March; and what their registered ports were.

      Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many businesses in the UK recycle small, domestic-type batteries.

      Carbon Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2004, Official Report, column 127W, on the Carbon Trust, how much money the Trust has...

      Carbon Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the Carbon Trust's budget has been allocated to projects in Scotland in each of the last five years; and...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of climate change for biodiversity in the United Kingdom and its surrounding...

      Contaminated Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will list the locations of (a) land deemed by the relevant local authority to be in a condition causing or...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has held with dairy farmers on the 2004 integrated administration and control system form.

      Disposable Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has under the Waste Implementation Programme to identify and promote best practice within the NHS in...

      EU Accession States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department has in place effectively to monitor imports of (a) human food and (b) animal feed from (i) EU...

      EU Accession States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what efforts her Department has made to ensure that EU accession states have the required technical capacity and advice...

      Fluoxetine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what work has been carried out to establish the background levels of fluoxetine in the aquatic environment; (2) what...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she will take to enable more rapid action against fly-tipping.

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's fly tipping strategy.

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the Hazardous Waste Forum's recommendations for contingency plans to give temporary...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 11 March 2004, Official Report, column 1620W, on hazardous waste, how many of the (a) 100,000...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

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

      National Allocation Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where and when she announced that she intends to delay submission of the UK's National Allocation Plan to the European...

      Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the incidence of oxygen-free zones in the oceans.

      Oil Storage Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the oil storage tanks subject to the Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001 she...

      Over-30-months Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of payments to farmers under the Over-30-Months Scheme was in each of the last 12 months.

      Recycled Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of copying paper used by the Department in 2002–03 was from recycled sources; and how much...

      Recycled Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of paper for printed publications used by the Department in 2002–03 was from recycled sources; and how...

      Recycled Paper

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

      Recycled Paper

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

      Recycled Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what date her Department expects to reach the quick win targets to ensure that (a) all copying paper bought by the...

      Recycled Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for...

      Refrigeration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of UK refrigeration equipment disposal plants use vapour recovery hoods.

      Refrigeration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of CFCs were converted into inert substances in 2003; what her estimate is of how many tonnes of CFCs will be...

      Refrigeration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost to (a) central Government and (b) local government of an effective containment...

      Refrigeration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was to (a) central Government and (b) local government of recovering, recycling and destroying CFCs from...

      Refrigeration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the average decommissioning cost per refrigerator.

      Refrigeration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the volume of emissions of hydrofluorocarbons in each of the last five years; and what forecast...

      Refrigeration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the environmental effects of replacing chlorofluorocarbons with hydrofluorocarbons in new...

      Refrigeration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made towards developing less environmentally damaging alternatives to hydrofluorocarbons in...

      Refrigeration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information she has collated regarding (a) the number of sites in the United Kingdom for retrieving chlorofluorocarbons...

      Regulatory Guidance Note 6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate the Environment Agency has made of the financial cost of implementing Regulatory Guidance Note 6; and who will...

      River Invertebrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to increase invertebrate monitoring in rivers during summer months to identify serious insecticide pollution.

      Sea Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the ratification of the agreement on the conservation of albatrosses and petrels to be extended to include...

      IACS Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will extend the deadline of 17 May for completion by farmers of integrated administration and control system forms.

      IACS Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason this year's integrated administration and control system forms have had to be reprinted; and when they will...

      Rats (Sewers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussion she has had with local authorities on the (a) working and (b) effectiveness of the Water UK protocol on sewer...

      Thames Barrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what circumstances have led to an increase in use of the Thames Barrier; and whether this has been due to long-term changes...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what area of land is used to grow tobacco in each EU (a) member state and (b) accession country; how much subsidy was given...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in Burnley have benefited from the Warm Front Scheme.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the potential adverse (a) environmental and (b) health impacts of waste incineration are; and what measures the...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of a UK company's turnover on average accounts for the cost of managing waste for (a) chemical firms, (b)...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition she has of hazardous waste; and what plans she has to amend this definition.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what date has been set for the publication of the Government's report on the environmental and health impacts of waste disposal.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the consultation paper on waste management controls is expected to be introduced.

      Waste Research Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to conclude work on the waste research strategy.

      Waste Research Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many companies have benefited from assistance through the Waste Implementation Programme.

      Waste Research Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the budget for research through the Waste Implementation Programme is in 2004–05.

      Water Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to publish the departmental guidelines on the five-year review of water prices.

  • Scotland

    • Advertising Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to his answer of 26 February 2004, Official Report, column 485W, on publicity campaigns, on what advertising campaigns the Scotland Office...

    • Civil Servants

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Cinema Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what requirements there are on cinemas to provide facilities for deaf people.

    • Libraries (Digitisation)

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

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Education (Bootle)

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

    • Class Sizes (Preston)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Preston were taught in classes of more than 30 on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Computers

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

      Condover Hall School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he made of the educational effects on students of closing Condover Hall School.

      Education (Heywood and Middleton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much funding each school in Heywood and Middleton has received from the New Deal for Schools; (2) how much public money was spent...

      Education (Heywood and Middleton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Heywood and Middleton have benefited from the Excellence in Cities programme; and what the per pupil spending was in...

      Education (Heywood and Middleton)

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

      Education (Heywood and Middleton)

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

      Education (Heywood and Middleton)

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

      Education (Heywood and Middleton)

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

      Education (Heywood and Middleton)

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

      Education (Heywood and Middleton)

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

      Education (Heywood and Middleton)

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

      Education (Stalybridge and Hyde)

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

      Education (Stalybridge and Hyde)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 15 and 16-year-olds in Stalybridge and Hyde achieved five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C or GNVQ equivalent in each of...

      Education (Stalybridge and Hyde)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Stalybridge and Hyde have benefited from the Excellence in Cities programme; and what the per pupil spending was in...

      Education (Stalybridge and Hyde)

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

      Education Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many education psychologists there were per child in (a) primary education, (b) secondary education, (c) primary schools serving special...

      Education Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children have received statements in Gloucestershire in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; what the figures...

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of students achieved five GCSEs (A*-C) and one GCSE or more (A*-G) broken down by (a) specialist schools, (b) grammar...

      Examination Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 15 and 16 year olds in Burnley achieved five+ GCSEs at grade A* -C or GNVQ equivalent in each of the last seven years.

      Examination Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 15 and 16 year olds in Preston achieved five+ GCSEs at grade A* -C or GNVQ equivalent in each of the last seven years.

      Excellence in Cities Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Burnley have benefited from the Excellence in Cities programme; and what the per pupil spending was in each year since...

      Excellence in Cities Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Preston have benefited from the Excellence in Cities programme; and what the per pupil spending was in each year since...

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time students enrolled on courses at higher education institutions in London in each of the last 10...

      Gemini Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what level of funding his Department has allocated to the Gemini project; and what evaluation he has made of the effectiveness of the project.

      Overseas Students (UAE)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are being taken by his Department to assist the higher education sector in attracting students from the United Arab Emirates.

      Partnerships for Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the start-up and estimated running costs of Partnerships for Schools are for each year up to and including 2006; and if he will make a...

      School Computers (Uxbridge)

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

      School Places (Battersea)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many children attending Battersea primary schools did not get an initial offer of a secondary school place in a Wandsworth school...

      School Repairs (Bootle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding money has been spent on repairing schools in Bootle in each year since 1997.

      School Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 15 and 16 year olds achieved five+ GCSEs at grade A* -C or GNVQ equivalent in each of the last four years; and if he will...

      Teacher Vacancies

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

      Teacher Vacancies

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

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacant (a) teacher and (b) deputy head teacher posts there were in (i) primary, (ii) secondary and (iii) special schools in each...

      Teachers (Work Permits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many work permits have been granted since 1 October 2003, broken down by country of origin of applicant for (a) primary and (b)...

      Teaching Assistants

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

      Teaching Assistants

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

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit recipients there are in each constituency in Great Britain; and how many of them collect their benefits from post offices,...

    • Benefits Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners draw their benefits at (a) post offices and (b) banks or building societies in the Havant constituency.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, dated 2 March, with regard to Mr. S. West,...

      Departmental Officials

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

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims there were for disability living allowance for people disabled by mental illness, broken down by age group for each year since...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants for disability living allowance there were, broken down by (a) age and (b) amount spent on each group in each year since the...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants for disability living allowance there were, broken down by (a) type of disability and (b) amount spent on each group in each...

      Disabled Workers

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

      Disabled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the measures his Department has introduced to improve the working conditions of disabled workers in Birkenhead...

      Disabled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures have been introduced to improve the working conditions of disabled workers in Heywood and Middleton over the last seven years;...

      Disabled Workers

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

      Disabled Workers

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

      Female Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of women in each ethnic group are living in poverty, defined as below 60 per cent. of median income (a) before and (b) after...

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the recommendations contained in the Health and Safety Commission Strategy Statement, Revitalising Health and Safety, published in...

      Housing Benefit (Payment Options)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which direct payment options are (a) offered and (b) available to housing benefit claimants; and if he will make a statement.

      Permitted Work Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants have had their right to permitted work restricted to £20 per week, having previously had higher earnings, since the...

      Recruitment Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's expenditure on recruitment advertising was in each of the last three years, broken down by publication; and what...

  • International Development

    • Cereal/Animal Fodder Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer from the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of 19 April 2004, Official Report, column...

    • China (Coercive Population Control)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) when he last raised the issue of coercive population control in China with his Chinese counterpart; and with what results; (2)...

      Democracy (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development further to his recent statement to the all-party Africa Group, if he will list the governments in Africa that he regards as having been...

      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 EU Development Assistance projects in (a) Angola, (b)...

      EU Development Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what his Department's involvement was in the 2002 project, financed by EU Development Assistance to participate in the 8th...

      HIV/AIDS (Rwanda)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to support rape victims living with HIV/AIDS in Rwanda; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department have taken since the end of the war in Iraq to restore (a) drinking water supplies, (b) sewerage...

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much grant-in-aid the United Kingdom gave to the Maldives in each year since 1997.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department is providing to people displaced by violence against Christians in Nigeria.

      Population Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money has been given to (a) the UN Population Fund and (b) the International Planned Parenthood Federation in each of the last...

      Population Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in which countries the Government are supporting programmes run by (a) the UN Population Fund and (b) the International Planned...

      Reproductive Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on Government support for reproductive health programmes in Peru between 1990 and 2000.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions his Department has had with each of the four bidders for St. Helena's Air Access Project.

      Togo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance he has offered the Government of Togo to reduce levels of child prostitution in the country.

  • Leader of the House

    • Equal Opportunities and Rights at Work

      To ask the Leader of the House what assessment has been made of the amendments required to the rules of the House to ensure that all equal opportunity and rights at work related laws apply to...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Expenditure (Entertainment)

      To ask the Prime Minister what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Office on official entertainment in each year from 1996–97 to 2004–05.

    • Downing Street Staff

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library an up-to-date organogram of 10 Downing street, showing individuals (a) functions, (b) lines of accountability and (c) classification as...

      Dr. A. Q. Khan

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 1 March 2004, Official Report, column 757W, what reports he has received of the involvement of UK companies and individuals in the network of...

      Government Buildings (Party Use)

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer to hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle, (Gregory Barker) on 29 March 2004, Official Report, column 1144W, on party use of Government buildings,...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent assessment he has made of (a) Shia, (b) Kurdish and (c) Sunni opinion towards the Coalition forces in Iraq.

      Kean Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister whether Her Majesty's Government have (a) been approached to provide information, (b) provided information, (c) made representations and (d) intends to make...

      Kean Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister whether Her Majesty's Government has (a) been approached to provide information, (b) provided information, (c) made representations and (d) intends to make...

      Lord Levy

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reasons Lord Levy's responsibilities as his special envoy have been widened to encompass education-related matters.

      Ministerial Responsibility

      To ask the Prime Minister which Minister is responsible for the environmental impact of the Government's energy policy.

  • Health

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the required criteria are for a complaint about a care home to be investigated; and if he will make a statement.

    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated (a) inpatient, (b) outpatient hospital, (c) primary care and (d) investigation costs of treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...

      Departmental Procurement (Sea Bass)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to source sea bass used in catering outlets for which his Department is responsible from hand-line fishermen rather than...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole time equivalent NHS plan group general practitioners per 100,000 population there were in (a) each region, (b) each strategic health...

      Infection Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what standards the National Care Standards Commission has set for care homes on infection control; and how these standards are monitored centrally.

      Intermediate Care Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intermediate care beds have been created since June 2001.

      Mifegyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what year and in which area health authority each of the fatal suspected adverse reactions associated with the use of Mifegyne were reported; what age...

      National Service Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the 2003 Report of Progress and Future Challenges on the National Service Framework for Older People, what written policies were found...

      Neurosurgical Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new neurosurgical consultancy posts are predicted for each of the next five years.

      Neurosurgical Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the latest average time between the award of a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training and appointment as a consultant for neurosurgical...

      NHS Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on the introduction of single rooms in NHS hospitals in England.

      NHS Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of the patient environment and assessment team inspections of hospital food and cleanliness was in each year since the inspections began.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how figures for returners to the NHS will take account of multiple re-entry by some individuals.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole time equivalent (a) radiologists and (b) radiographers were employed by the NHS on 30 September 2003.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent cardiologists were working in the NHS in each year since 1999.

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts in England have equipment libraries.

      Nightingale Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list NHS trusts which have yet fully to eliminate Nightingale wards.

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on encouraging businesses to invest in occupational health services; and if he will make a statement.

      Patient Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients have online secure access to their electronic patient records.

      Potassium Chloride Solution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department is taking to persuade manufacturers of potassium chloride solution to redesign packaging to avoid adverse incidents in...

      Pressure Ulcers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking to cut the cost of pressure ulcers in the NHS.

      Short Notice Appointments Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts do not follow Department of Health guidance on short notice appointments; and what action he plans to take.

      Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on (1) what date his Department expects to implement in full the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to contribute financially to the establishment of the second phase of the Central Point of Expertise on Timber.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent analysis has been carried out of waiting times for child and adolescent psychology services; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • NHS (African Workers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum period of time is that nationals of sub-Saharan African countries are permitted to work in the NHS.

    • Afghan Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is his policy to remove failed Afghan asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) targets and (b) performance indicators he has set for the time taken to process fast track applications for asylum in respect of...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 2 March, Official Report, column 896W, on asylum and immigration, if he will publish the terms of bilateral and...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unsuccessful asylum applicants have been returned to (a) Somalia and (b) Somaliland in the past year; and what monitoring of the...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the number of people claiming asylum in the UK in 2004.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the proportion of asylum seekers claiming to be Somali who are (a) Tanzanian and (b) from other nearby countries.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were arrested by the authorities in the UK other than at points of entry into the UK in each of the last three...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost to the Government of illegal immigrants who avoid detection at points of entry into the UK in each of...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many letters were addressed to the Minister of State (Citizenship, Immigration and Counter-Terrorism) from right hon. and hon. Members in...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will (a) reply to the three letters from the hon. Member for City of Durham regarding Abbas Mirzael ref: M1009147 and (b) return the...

      Detention and Removal Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether annual reports of independent monitoring boards of detention and removal centres are published.

      Detention and Removal Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place for the investigation of allegations of assault made by immigration and asylum detainees against (a) members of...

      Eastern European Arrivals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the requirements imposed on Eastern Europeans seeking to enter or remain in the United Kingdom pursuant to (a) European...

      EU Accession Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his oral statement to the House of 23 February 2004, Official Report, column 24, in what circumstances EU citizens will be...

      EU Accession Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his oral statement to the House of 23 February 2004, Official Report, column 24, what steps he intends to take to prevent EU...

      Gangmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to monitor the activities of gangmasters employing illegal workers.

      Ncis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes have been made to the source handling capability of the National Criminal Intelligence Service; and what assessment he has made...

      Ncis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of police officers continuing in employment at the National Criminal Intelligence Service on (a) a...

      Ncis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Statement of 29 March, Official Report, column 1285, of those police officers seconded to the National Criminal Intelligence...

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners who are sentenced to 10 years or more have been released in each of the last 48 months.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were released on home detention curfew in each of the last 12 months.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports sent to applicants by mail went missing in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      People-trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to ratify the UN Convention Against Trans National Organised Crime; what stance his Department will take on the...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many adult males given a custodial sentence by courts were assessed as requiring Category (a) A, (b) B, (c) C and (d) D security...

      Sangatte Camp Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been done to recognise the educational background of the 1,000 refugees from the Sangatte camp in 2003 in order to integrate them...

      Self-employed Tradesmen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used to determine whether self-employed tradesmen who are not UK nationals may enter the UK; and in what circumstances...

      Self-employed Tradesmen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for work permits from self-employed businessmen from EU accession countries were successful in each month of the last...

      Sentence Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost of administering (a) a supervision order (juvenile), (b) an action plan order (juvenile), (c) a referral order...

      Stowaways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons concealed in vehicles were detected at border control points in the UK in each of the last three years; and if he will make...

      Stowaways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many personnel are employed by his Department for the purpose of the detection of stowaways in vehicles at UK points of entry; and if he...

      Stowaways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average inspection time spent per vehicle at UK border checkpoints was when checking for stowaways in each of the last five years;...

      Stowaways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the average time that a stowaway has been in a vehicle prior to detection at a border control point in the UK;...

      TITAN Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimates he has made of the (a) annual and (b) daily cost of installing, operating and maintaining the TITAN database currently being...

      TITAN Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the operational effectiveness of the TITAN database being used by the National Criminal Intelligence Service.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many nationals of each country from which a visa is required applied for entry clearance to come to the United Kingdom for...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for work permits are awaiting decision.

  • Treasury

    • Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the impact of a 1 per cent. rise in world interest rates on the debt of the world's poorest countries; how the extra debt burden...

    • Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is towards whether a country's debt burden accumulated under a brutal dictator should be written off; what representations he will make at...

      Aviation Industry Tax Regime

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with (a) the EU and (b) other international partners on reducing or eliminating tax concessions received by the aviation...

      Business Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the business-related taxes introduced in each year since 1990, stating the revenue raised by each annually.

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the occasions since December 2001 on which he met the Chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many families in Preston have received child tax credit; (2) how many families in Wigan have received child tax credit.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Peace Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the peace process.

    • Special Needs Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on funding for education of children with special needs in Northern Ireland.

      Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he plans to take to reduce (a) smuggling and (b) other illegal activities in border areas.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to tackle antisocial behaviour in Northern Ireland.

      Economy

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

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in tackling organised crime in Northern Ireland.

      Innovation and Enterprise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the contribution of higher education to innovation and enterprise in Northern Ireland.

      Economic Regeneration (North-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the Government's plans are for the economic regeneration of the north-west of Northern Ireland.

      Security (Older People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on measures to improve the security of older people in Northern Ireland.

      Provisional IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on criminal activities by the Provisional IRA in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) the Republic of Ireland and (c)...

      Political Situation

      To ask the Secretary of Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the political situation in Northern Ireland.

      A26

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to dual the A26 between Ballymoney and Coleraine; and what assessment he has made of recent figures on relevant traffic volumes.

      Animal Cruelty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to review the sentences available to the courts in Northern Ireland when dealing with those convicted of cruelty to animals.

      Animal Cruelty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to amend animal welfare legislation to introduce higher maximum sentences for those convicted of ill-treatment of an animal in...

      Anti-TNFs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety plans to give anti-TNFs to all patients for whom they are considered...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff are employed in mainstream schools in Northern Ireland specifically to assist with the needs of children with autistic spectrum...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what training is provided routinely to parents following the diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders in children; (2) what steps he is...

      Bombings (Dublin and Monaghan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will hold a public inquiry into the extent of British security service involvement in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974.

      Christian Education Movement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the representations he has received in relation to the decision not to provide funding for the Christian Education Movement (NI)...

      Dromore Central Primary School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will provide funding for a new school building for Dromore Central Primary School.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what he will make a decision with regard to proposals to generate electricity from wind power off the north coast of Northern Ireland; and if he...

      Gas Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to contain gas price rises in Northern Ireland over the next few years.

      Health Care (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to reduce levels of (a) substance abuse, (b) alcohol abuse, (c) suicide, (d) mental illness and (e) eating disorders...

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what public meetings Invest Northern Ireland has attended which involved a single political party over the last five years; and if he will make...

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Invest NI grants have been awarded; which companies benefited; and what amount of finance was provided through each respective award,...

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons were employed by Invest Northern Ireland on (a) 1 April 2002, (b) 1 April 2003 and (c) 1 April 2004.

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons employed by Invest Northern Ireland have chosen permanently to transfer from the Northern Ireland Civil Service to Invest...

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects to make a decision regarding the new headquarters for Invest Northern Ireland.

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much she estimates the new headquarters for Invest Northern Ireland will cost; and from what source of funds it will be paid for.

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost of staff was at Invest Northern Ireland in each of the last two financial years.

      Inward Investment (East Londonderry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many visits have been made under the auspices of Invest Northern Ireland by potential inward investors to the East Londonderry constituency...

      Lottery Funding (Sport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much Lottery funding has been allocated to (a) the Gaelic Athletic Association and (b) all other sporting organisations in Northern Ireland...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consideration he has given to extending the guidelines published by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on the management of...

      NHS Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) verbal and (b) physical assaults against (i) nurses and (ii) other health care staff in each Northern Ireland health trust area...

      NHS Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) arrests were made, (b) people were charged, (c) cautions were issued and (d) convictions were reached for assaults on NHS staff in...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what formal training is provided to assist nurses from overseas in adapting to and integrating into a new (a) working and (b) cultural environment.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the need to assign a single body with responsibility for recruiting overseas nurses to hospitals and health...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many nurses in each Northern Ireland health trust area have left the profession within two years of registration in each of the last five years.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) student nurses were employed in each Northern Ireland health trust area in each of the last five years.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many specialist (a) theatre, (b) coronary care, (c) children's nursing, (d) diabetes, (e) intensive and (f) palliative care nurses were...

      Phoenix Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Northern Ireland Authority for Energy Regulation's investigation into the proposed price...

      R and D Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the change in (a) real and (b) nominal terms in private sector research and development spending in Northern Ireland in each year...

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to provide (a) grants and (b) other incentives to logistics companies in Northern Ireland to encourage the movement of freight...

      Water Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to protect (a) those on low incomes and (b) other vulnerable people from the impact of the introduction of water charging in...

      Water/Sewage Pipes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the state of Northern Ireland's water and sewage pipe infrastructure.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Attachment of Earnings Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of attachment of earnings orders issued on employers in each year since 1997,...

    • Court Fines (Merseyside)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the collection of fines imposed by magistrates' courts in Merseyside.

      Referendum Costs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the estimated costs associated with holding a national referendum are.

      Small Claims

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many money claims issued against (a) travel operators and (b) tour operators were taken to the Small Claims Court in...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Commercial Leases

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations the Department has received on proposals to ban upward-only rent reviews in commercial leases; and if he will make a statement.

    • Empty/Second Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list all authorities in England and Wales showing the (a) number of empty homes, (b) yield of council tax from empty homes, (c) number of second homes,...

      Empty/Second Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many households received an empty homes council tax discount in England in each year since 1997.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions his Department has held with the Ministry of Defence on ensuring that the modernisation agenda for fire services is an integral part of the...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the target is for each region for increasing the area of green belt; and what allowance the targets make for the sustainable communities plan areas.

      Housing (Stalybridge and Hyde)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the Starter Homes Initiative has affected the residents of Stalybridge and Hyde.

      Housing and Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the UK spent on implementing EU mandates in the housing and planning sectors of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in 2003–04.

      Housing Corporation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what powers the Housing Corporation has to investigate the actions of shareholder-tenants of a housing association.

      Housing Corporation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the Housing Corporation's duties of disclosure to hon. Members under the Housing Act 1996, Part 1, Chapter 4(33)(2).

      Land Use

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what total area in England was designated in each land use class one to seven in (a) 1974, (b) 1984, (c) 1994 and (d) 2003 (i) in total and (ii) broken down by county.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities raised the level of council tax by less than 3 per cent. when setting the rate for 2004–05; and if he will make a statement.

      Management and Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the amounts of outturn prices of (a) management and maintenance allowances, (b) major repairs allowances, (c) guideline rent (assumed HRA rental income), (d)...

      Property Consultative Group

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) total budget, (b) funding from his Department, (c) administration budget, (d) staff costs, (e) location of staff and (f) number of staff were for the...

      Public Bodies (Costs)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 29 March 2004, Official Report, column 1267W, on public bodies, what the internal costs to his Department were of (a) the Property...

      Public Bodies (Costs)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the total (a) administration and (b) staff costs were for the Building Regulations Advisory Committee in financial year 2003–04; and what the...

      Public Bodies (Costs)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) total budget, (b) departmental funding and (c) internal costs to his Department were of the Property Advisory Group in financial year 2003–04.

      Public Bodies (Costs)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the (a) total budget, (b) departmental funding and (c) internal costs to his Department were of the Home Ownership Task Force in financial years (i)...

      Public Bodies (Costs)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) total budget, (b) departmental funding, (c) internal costs to his Department, (d) total administration costs and (e) staff costs to his Department of...

      Public Bodies (Costs)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) total budget, (b) departmental funding, (c) internal costs to his Department, (d) total administration costs and (e) staff costs to his Department of...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what steps he is taking to deliver sustainable development within Government; (2) what progress has been made on his Department's Sustainable Development...

      Urban Development Corporation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what responses he has received to the consultation about the creation of an urban development corporation for South Bedfordshire; and what progress there has been...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his letter to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South dated 14 April, which countries his Department considers to have...

    • Economic Community of Central African States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the proposals for the establishment of a regional peace force, announced by the...

      Economic Community of Central African States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department sent observers to the meeting of the Economic Community of Central African States' meeting in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what protection is offered to British journalists reporting the military activities in Fallujah in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government has submitted all documentation on which its claim that Iraq tried to procure uranium from Niger was...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Government first learned that Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan had visited countries in sub-Saharan Africa between 1998 and 2002...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2004, Official Report, column 581W, on Iraq, whether the intelligence referred to is the...

      Jean Helene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with members of (a) the French Government and (b) Prime Minister Seydou Diarra's transitional...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the insistence by the Israeli Government that the Palestinians should abandon their right of...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) Israel and (b) the United States on the Israeli Government's policy of targeted...

      Mordechai Vanunu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek to arrange a meeting with Mordechai Vanunu to discuss ways to implement a nuclear weapon-free zone in the Middle...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by which (a) governments and (b) organisations it was decided to send (i) surplus highly enriched uranium from Libya to Russia...

      Pastor Khalid Babaev

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Azerbaijan Government concerning the threats made by Islamist extremists against Pastor...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to bring the Janjaweed militia within the peace agreement in Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with the National Islamic Front Government of the Sudan on the implementation of Sharia law...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the people of Gibraltar will be able to vote in the forthcoming referendum on the proposed EU Constitution.

      Swaziland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact that the proposed new constitution in Swaziland will have on (a) democracy and (b)...

      Swaziland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Swaziland about the proposed new constitution of that country; and if he...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department has (a) offered and (b) provided to the Government of Uganda to (i) initiate, (ii) facilitate and...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) social, (b) economic and (c) cultural links between the United Arab Emirates and the...

      United States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the visitor visa requirements are for US visitors to the UK.

  • Minister for Women

    • Child Care

      To ask the Minister for Women how many working mothers use child care for (a) children under five and (b) children over five years.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Draft Age Discrimination Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether draft regulations on age discrimination will be published in 2004.

    • Employment Rights

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

      BT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons her Department has undertaken a review of apparent disparities between the Valuation Office Agency's calculation method of...

      Business Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funds have been allocated to raising awareness of Business Link branded services among small businesses in each year since its inception;...

      Business Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 6 April 2004, Official Report, column 72W, on regulatory impact assessments, how many regulatory impact statements...

      Central Lobby Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the work she has commissioned from Central Lobby Consultants since 1 June 2001.

      Chemicals Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with her US counterparts concerning European regulations on the chemicals industry; and if she will make a statement.

      Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Civil Partnership Bill allows (a) religious ceremonies for same-sex civil partnerships and (b) partnerships to be registered in...

      Coal Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money has been provided in subsidy to the UK coal mining industry in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and...

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if her Department will carry out an investigation into the insolvency of Ballast UK to determine whether there have been breaches of...

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) DEL resource budget, (b) AME resource budget and (c) total resource budget of her Department were for each year between 1997 and 2007.

      Energywatch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what training Energywatch staff receive; and what assessment is made of their energy knowledge (a) before being able to advise consumers and...

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans her Department has to require businesses to carry out equal pay reviews.

      EU Social Chapter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the effect of the EU Social Chapter on the residents of Stalybridge and Hyde.

      European Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department has carried out on the implementation of European Directives by other member states; and if she will make a statement.

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans her Department has to extend legislative provisions on flexible working.

      Fund Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to require fund managers to disclose how they vote at annual meetings.

      Funeral Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many complaints were made to the Director General of Fair Trading concerning the conduct of funeral directors in each year since 1997; how...

      Gas Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of how much gas the UK will import in each of the five years from 2006; and if she will make a statement;...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many British companies are still owed money from projects in Libya; and what estimate she has made as to the amount of money still owed.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been paid in fees, and for how many individual cases, under the miners' compensation scheme for (a) vibration white finger and...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action has been taken to claw back payments to solicitors who have imposed additional charges on their clients for work under the miners'...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which (a) solicitors and (b) claims handlers have been notified to her Department in relation to additional charging for dealing with...

      National Allocation Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what involvement she has had and what position she has taken on the setting of the carbon dioxide reduction target relative to 1990 levels...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new businesses have started up in Manchester, Gorton since 1997.

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government has taken to help small businesses in Manchester, Gorton since 1997.

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new businesses were created in Liverpool, Walton in each year between 1997 and 2003.

      New Businesses

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

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new businesses have started up in Stalybridge and Hyde since 1997.

      Northwest Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money the Northwest Development Agency has spent in total since its creation in (a) each local authority in the North West and (b)...

      Oil Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her assessment of the impact of the oil price on business investment in the UK.

      Procurement Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the corporate social responsibility requirements of her Department's procurement policy.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to make Regional Development Agencies democratically accountable to the community in which they operate.

      Renewable Energy

      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 Birkenhead.

      Rogue Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action her Department is taking to tackle the activities of rogue recruitment agencies; and if she will make a statement.

      Rural Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) when the Government will announce the level of financial assistance they are to provide to rural post offices after April 2006; (2)...

      Scottish Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what meetings Ministers in her Department have had with representatives of Scottish Power to discuss its proposed gas storage plant at Byley,...

      Shareholders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans her Department has for new legislation to protect shareholder investors from misrepresentations by company executives.

      Small Business

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

      Small Business

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

      Social Entrepreneurship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support her Department is giving to schemes to encourage social entrepreneurship.

      Software Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what steps she is taking to combat computer software piracy by businesses; and if she will make a statement; (2) what plans she has to...

      Sub-Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will list by region, the amounts of compensation paid in the last 12 months to sub postmasters and mistresses connected with the...

      Sub-Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices closed in the UK in the past 12 months, broken down by region.

      Trade (United Arab Emirates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to improve trade between the United Arab Emirates and the UK.

  • House of Lords

    • Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the distribution of local authority circular LAC(2004)5—Review of Children's Cases, they will ensure that medical and social workers...

    • Children Bill: Play and Recreation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the terms "play and recreation" as set out in the Green Paper Every Child Matters, will be included on the face of the Children Bill and not left to...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to introduce legislation for a referendum on whether the United Kingdom should enter the eurozone.

      Eurotunnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances the British and French Governments can refuse Eurotunnel's creditor banks permission to take over the company in the event of default in...

      Hip Replacements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people are awaiting a hip replacement in the National Health Service; what is the maximum time that any are waiting; how many hip replacements were...

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