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Written answers

Thursday, 29 April 2004

  • Leader of the House

    • Members' Salaries

      To ask the Leader of the House how much was paid in salaries and allowances to hon. Members (a) including and (b) excluding payments to Ministers in each year since 1996–97.

  • Transport

    • A43

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will close the A43 between Brackley and Towcester on Friday 9 July.

    • Mobile Phone Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of compliance of motor vehicle drivers with the legislation forbidding the use of a mobile telephone when...

      Road Deaths/Injuries (Manchester)

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

      Road Schemes (South-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money has been committed to date by the Government Office for the south west for the Bristol/Bath to South Coast Roads Study.

      Transport Infrastructure (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the effect of investment in railway improvements over the next 10 years upon residents of Manchester, Gorton.

      US Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will hold urgent talks with the US Administration on the exchange of private details, with particular reference to credit card numbers, for...

  • Treasury

    • Administration Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in lowering administration costs as a proportion of total spending since the 2004 Budget Statement.

    • Central Lobby Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the work he has commissioned from Central Lobby Consultants since 1 June 2001.

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has made to the (a) World Bank, (b) IMF and (c) Paris Club creditors on increasing the debt cancellation available to the world's...

      Public Expenditure/Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) public expenditure there was and (b) tax revenue was raised per head of population in each of the last seven years.

      Treasury Building (Union Flag)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the Union Flag was not flown above the Treasury on the Queen's Birthday on 21 April.

      UK Covered Bonds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has to draft legislation which would enable UK covered bonds to be put on an approved list that is compliant with the European...

  • Defence

    • Droitwich Spa Army Medal Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role of the Droitwich Spa Army Medal Office in the issuing of the Jubilee medal.

    • Droitwich Spa Army Medal Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the medals being issued by the Droitwich Spa Army Medal Office.

      Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Iraq and (b) GSM Canal Zone medals have been issued; and how many are expected to be issued during 2004.

      MOD Sites (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make available information regarding contamination of land (a) owned and (b) formerly owned by his Department in the City of Portsmouth...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 31 March 2004, Official Report, column 1480W, on public perceptions, when he will write to the hon. Member for North Norfolk.

      Service Detainees (Far East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ex-servicemen who were detained by the Japanese have received ex-gratia payments under the terms of the 1951 San Francisco Peace Agreement; how...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of interference with Ministry of Defence navigational instruments from wind farms placed in UK territorial waters.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the risk to defence interests from the placement of wind farms around the UK coast.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has been asked to fund navigational aids to prevent his Department's vessels colliding with windmills.

  • House of Commons

    • North West Food

      To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee whether the House plans to source more food from North West food producers following the North West Food and Drink promotion in the House on 22 April.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what the total expenditure incurred by the Commission was in each year since 1996–97.

  • International Development

    • Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures he has put in place to ensure that his Department meets the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food...

    • Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of copying paper used by the Department in 2002–03 was from recycled sources; and how much post-consumer waste...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures he has put in place to ensure that his Department meets the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of paper for printed publications used by the Department in 2002–03 was from recycled sources; and how much...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when his Department expects to implement in full the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to...

      Recycling

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

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether a new constitution for St. Helena has been agreed.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • 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 Manchester, Gorton since 1997.

    • New Opportunities Fund (Wigan)

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

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department plans to contribute financially to the establishment of the second phase of the Central Point of Expertise on Timber.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action her Department is taking to limit the maximum number of hours during which a live animal may be transported to...

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with other EU ministers about transportation times for animals being exported for slaughter or...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the new Animal Welfare Bill will be published.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to strengthen animal welfare codes of conduct.

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the evidence to support the hypothesis that there has been an explosion of the badger population in the UK.

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish the interim results of the proactive badger strategy.

      Baronsdown Sanctuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Baronsdown Sanctuary area is a recognised reservoir of TB infection.

      Bass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the volume of sea bass landings in the United Kingdom was in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) market and...

      Bass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value of sea bass landings within the United Kingdom was for each of the last five years, broken down by market.

      Bass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment is made of the sea bass catch in relation to (a) size, (b) maturity and (c) reproductive state; and whether...

      Bio-refinery Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the use of (a) household and municipal, (b) industrial and (c) agricultural waste streams as...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to ensure sustainable funding for national survey and monitoring schemes in order to (a) mobilise and (b)...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of the Thornbury trial.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the optimum area in which to conduct a badger culling operation is based on the basis of experience from the Krebs trials.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average duration of a TB2 restriction notice was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2003, Official Report, column 539W on badgers, what assessment she has made of the...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2003, Official Report, column 212W, on bovine tuberculosis, what the lowest estimate...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answers of 20 November 2003, Official Report, column 1204W, on bovine tuberculosis and 8 December 2003,...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from the European Commission on the incidence of TB in cattle in the United Kingdom.

      Breckland Farmland SSSI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the size of the stone curlew population within the Breckland Farmland Site of Special...

      Breckland Farmland SSSI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Breckland Farmland Site of Special Scientific Interest takes to encourage appropriate habitat management practice.

      Breckland Farmland SSSI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) process and (b) timescale are for the implementation of the Breckland Special Protection Area.

      Breckland Farmland SSSI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the (a) boundaries of the Breckland Farmland Site of Special Scientific Interest and (b) proposed boundaries of the...

      Brucellosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the (a) cause and (b) source of the recent brucellosis outbreak in South East Cornwall.

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the US Department of Agriculture decision to use antibody-based tests for the prion protein...

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the BSE tests she has been conducting at High Mowbray in Yorkshire.

      Butterflies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will add butterflies to the list of quality of life indicators.

      Carbon Dioxide Reduction Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further steps the Government intend to take to reach the target of a 20 per cent. reduction in carbon dioxide emissions,...

      Cervine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will specify the locations at which the deer in the vicinity of the Baronsdown deer sanctuary tested positive for TB;...

      Cervine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she takes against (a) farms and (b) others who fail to notify her Department of TB in deer.

      Cockling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to compensate cockle fishermen affected by the closure of cockle beds.

      Dolphins/Porpoises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action her Department is taking to press for the early implementation of the EU proposals to reduce accidental deaths...

      Environmental Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and (b) Regional Development Agencies on ...

      Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what land area in total was affected by problems of soil erosion in each of the last 10 years, broken down by county; and...

      Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the volume of soil erosion, as measured in tonnes per hectare per annum was, broken down by country in (a) 1975, (b)...

      EU Environmental Liability Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the status of (a) the EU and (b) the UK regarding the European Environmental Liability...

      Fauna Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average number of species in (a) grassland and (b) woodland was (i) on the latest date for which figures are...

      Fertilisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment has been made of the possible link between the use of chemical fertilisers in agriculture and the...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to publish the outcome of the review of fisheries and environmental enforcement; and if she will make a...

      Food Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to encourage the local sourcing of food and other products.

      Greyhounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the minimum standards for kennels at greyhound tracks are.

      Greyhounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what minimum standards breeders of greyhounds must meet.

      Harmful Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects on UK citizens of exposure to harmful chemicals, with...

      Harmful Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to recommend that the proposed European Chemicals Regulation (REACH) incorporate a legal...

      Hunting Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans are in place to prevent the destruction of hunting dogs in the event of a hunting ban being introduced.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the risks to biosecurity as a result of illegal imports of meat; and what representations she...

      Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the likely effects of climate change on the UK's biodiversity in respect of insects,...

      Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to (a) survey and (b) monitor the UK's future biodiversity in respect of insects.

      Land Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many hectares were classified as (a) grassland, (b) land for crop growing, (c) woodland, (d) urban, (e) suburban and (f)...

      Market and Coastal Towns Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress by each Regional Development Agency on the Market and Coastal Towns Initiative; and...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she intends to take to ensure that questions tabled for a named day response are answered on the specified day.

      Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what systems are in place to regulate the operational activities of commercial salmon farmers in the UK.

      Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment has been made of the health of the wild salmon population in the UK.

      Severely Disadvantaged Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms are currently classed as containing both severely disadvantaged area and non-severely disadvantaged area land.

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what resources her Department makes available to local authorities for Sites of Special Scientific Interest; and how much was...

      St. George's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Country Land and Business Association about St. George's Day breakfasts.

      Stone Curlews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to change the boundaries of the Breckland Farmland Site of Special Scientific Interest to reflect...

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the percentage tree cover in each EU member state was (a) on the latest date for which figures are available, (b) 10...

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps (a) have been taken and (b) are planned to improve tree health.

      Upland Farms (Environmental Management)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she intends to take to ensure that farms in uplands are rewarded for improved environmental management of their...

      Woodlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total (a) area and (b) production in cubic metres of (i) broadleaf and (ii) coniferous woodland was in each year...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Prisoners (Thailand)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last made representations to obtain pardons for British prisoners incarcerated in Thai prisons; and if he will make a...

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Chinese Government concerning (a) the repatriation of the North Korean refugee Mr. Park...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made by his Department of the implications for national security of climate change.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he intends to reply to the letter to him from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 26 January 2004 with...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he intends to reply to the letter to him from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 1 March 2004 with regard...

      Departmental Employment Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his Department's employment termination policy for locally-engaged members of staff.

      Departmental Employment Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many employment termination cases of locally-engaged members of staff have been (a) disputed and (b) taken to arbitration;...

      Departmental Employment Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much severance pay has been awarded to his Department's locally-engaged members of staff in each year since 1997, broken...

      Departmental Expenditure (Entertainment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996–97 to...

      Fingerprinting (USA Entry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has received from the travel industry regarding the fingerprinting of British citizens wishing to...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution his Department is making to the reconciliation process in Sulawesi.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government are giving to the tribunal and its staff investigating crimes by Saddam Hussein; and if he will...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what period of production is represented by the $7,855,209,215.35 received from oil proceeds by the Development Fund for Iraq up...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the future role of the International Advisory Monitoring Board in monitoring and auditing the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the proposed appointment of voting Iraqi members to the Board of the International Advisory...

      Small Grants Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much is available this year for distribution under the small grants scheme by the UK Ambassador or High Commissioner in each...

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) South Africa's Defence Minister, Mosiuoa Lekota, and (b) other members of the Government of...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what joint activity the UK undertakes with the United Arab Emirates on counter-terrorism.

  • Trade and Industry

    • "Oil Crises and Climate Challenges"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will publish her response to the International Energy Agency's publication, "Oil Crises and Climate Challenges".

    • Accountancy Services

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

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of electricity has been generated from renewable sources in each of the last seven years for which figures are available; and...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimates she has made of the expected generation costs per MWh for (a) wind and (b) nuclear technologies in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2020.

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what range of prices for carbon is being included in her Department's forward energy projections from 2005 onwards, with reference to the EU...

      Manufacturing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the average age is of an employee in the manufacturing industry in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average payment made to solicitors was in (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful cases for (i) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and...

      National Allocation Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what energy assumptions have influenced her Department's policy on the appropriate carbon dioxide reduction target relative to 1990 levels...

      National Allocation Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the carbon dioxide emissions reduction targets in (a) the draft National Allocation Plan and (b) the climate...

      National Allocation Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to what extent the requirements of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive with regard to energy efficiency have been...

      National Allocation Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will reconcile her revised growth projections for the UK iron and steel industry with the increases set out in the draft National...

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices have been closed in Scotland as part of the urban reinvention programme.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the effects of recent trends in investment in renewable energy and upon the residents of Heywood and Middleton.

      Solar Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to promote greater use of solar heating panels in the UK.

      Solar Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many households in the UK she estimates use solar heating panels; and what her estimate is of use in five years' time.

      Telephone Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many disputes regarding telephone billing costs between customer and service providers were referred to Ofcom and its predecessors in each...

  • Health

    • Asperger's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will set up an inquiry into the number of (a) adolescents and (b) adults with an Asperger's Syndrome diagnosis; and if he will make a...

    • Competent Authorities (EU Accession States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the European Commission has provided a list of competent authorities operating in the accession states in respect of the health and social care...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Spelthorne of 4 February, PO 1043915, regarding continuing care criteria.

      European Health Training Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) whether his Department has asked the European Commission to introduce transitional arrangements for health professionals from the new member states...

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings his Department's Green Minister has attended in the last 12 months in that role.

      Professional Registration (EU Nationals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether health care staff from other EU countries are able to work in the United Kingdom prior to the completion of registration with UK professional...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Treason

      To ask the Solicitor-General what her policy is on the prosecution of United Kingdom nationals for treason.

    • Nottingham Criminal Justice Board

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on the work of the Crown Prosecution Service with the Nottingham Criminal Justice Board.

      Cannings Case Judgment

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on the progress she is making in identifying prosecutions that may be affected by the Appeal Court's judgment in the appeal against the...

      Fraud

      To ask the Solicitor-General what recent representations she has received regarding Government measures to eradicate fraudulent schemes targeted at small businesses.

      Wildlife Crime

      To ask the Solicitor-General what guidance she gives to Crown Prosecution Service offices to ensure the consistent prosecution of wildlife crime.

  • Prime Minister

    • EU Enlargement

      To ask the Prime Minister what events he will be attending in order to show his support for the enlargement of the EU.

    • Immigration Status

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list those who have attended his immigration summits.

      India

      To ask the Prime Minister when he next plans to visit India.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make representations to the United Nations Secretary General calling for an immediate and independent high level UN inquiry into the Iraq Oil for Food...

      Ministerial Gifts

      To ask the Prime Minister on what date he intends to publish the list of gifts received by Ministers in 2003–04.

      President Mubarak

      To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to receive a state visit from President Mubarak.

      Tibet

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will urge Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to undertake to commute the death sentence against Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche pending a fair and free retrial in the...

      Tibet

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will seek from Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao an undertaking to drop all pre-conditions to negotiating a settlement on Tibet with representatives of the...

      Tom Kelly

      To ask the Prime Minister what factors underlay his decision to appoint Mr. Tom Kelly as his chief spokesman; and what qualities Mr. Kelly will bring to his post.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • All-postal Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he received (a) the summary report and (b) the full report on the voting and the integrity of the all-postal elections in Merrow, Guildford in May 2003...

    • All-postal Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the full report on the voting and the integrity of the all postal election in Merrow, Guildford in May 2003 by the Electoral Commission will be published;...

      Coverage Care

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answers of 15 March 2004, Official Report, columns 59–60W, on Coverage Care, what the current arrangements with Coverage Care...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will upgrade the existing decent homes standard for all social sector housing to address fuel poverty.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list, for each housing authority, for the years (a) 1997, (b) 2000 and (c) 2003 the number of (i) adult homeless people, (ii) child homeless and (iii)...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homeless families there were, broken down by region, for (a) the last quarter of 2003 and (b) the first quarter of 2004.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on how the Starter Homes Initiative has affected the residents of Preston.

      Isle of Wight Projects

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list, for each of the financial years ending in March (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002, each project on the Isle of Wight funded by the (i) South East...

      New Deal for Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the administration budget was for each New Deal for Communities partnership for each financial year since 1999–2000; and what the estimated...

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the Standards Board for England has spent on investigations with regard to parish councils; and how much money was involved in the complaints and issues...

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department directs the Standards Board for England to consider the benefit to the public interest when (a) determining whether to pursue...

      Recycling

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of copying paper used by the Department in 2002–03 was from recycled sources; and how much post-consumer waste this paper contained.

      Recycling

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of paper for printed publications used by the Department in 2002–03 was from recycled sources; and how much post-consumer waste this paper...

      Recycling

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures he has put in place to ensure that his Department meets the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to...

      Recycling

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures he has put in place to ensure that his Department meets the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to...

      Recycling

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister by what date his Department expects to reach the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that (a) all copying...

      Recycling

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports; what the name is of the paper used...

      Vacant/Derelict Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much previously developed land was (a) vacant and (b) derelict in England in each year since 1997.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on provision for those with autism in Northern Ireland.

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were diagnosed as autistic in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Core Gateway Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much Core Gateway costs are for a two-week course at the East Antrim Institute in Northern Ireland.

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many jobs were created (a) by inward investment projects and (b) through business associated with agreed inward investment projects, for...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people (a) applied for and (b) received legal aid in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and how many people had an...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost of legal aid was in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the change in the incidence of sexually transmitted infections was in each year since 2000 in each of the health and social services board...

  • Work and Pensions

    • BT Business Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library correspondence between his Department and the European Commission regarding the European Commission's...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects a resolution to Child Support Agency computer problems deriving from running two concurrent systems.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate, based on his Department's policy simulation model for 2004–05, for (a) all households, (b) all pensioner households,...

      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 Wigan 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 introduced to improve the working conditions of disabled workers in Preston over the last seven years.

      Failed Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2004, Official Report, column 293, how many people whose pension schemes have been wound up have found that...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women in Burnley have benefited from the (a) New Deal for Lone Parents and (b) New Deal for Partners since 1997; and if he will make a...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Vale of Clwyd constituency have benefited from (a) New Deal for Young People, (b) New Deal for 25-plus and (c) New Deal...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents in Burnley have gained work through the New Deal programme.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents in Heywood and Middleton have gained work through the New Deal programme.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women in Heywood and Middleton have benefited from (a) the New Deal for Lone Parents and (b) the New Deal for Partners since 1997; and...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents have gained work through the New Deal programme.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents in Wigan have gained work through the New Deal programme.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women in Wigan have benefited from (a) the New Deal for Lone Parents and (b) the New Deal for Partners since 1997; and if he will make...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women in Preston have benefited from (a) the New Deal for Lone Parents and (b) the New Deal for Partners since 1997; and if he will...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents in Preston have gained work through the New Deal programme.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women in Manchester, Gorton have benefited from the (a) New Deal for Lone Parents and (b) New Deal for Partners since 1997; and if he...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents in Manchester, Gorton have gained work through the New Deal programme.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of pension credit are receiving (a) less than 10p per week, (b) 10p to 19p per week, (c) 20p to 29p per week, (d) 30p to...

      State Second Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate (a) the gross cost, (b) the saving in expenditure on the state second pension, (c) the saving in expenditure on pension...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many solicitors provided legal aid in each legal aid area (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest time for which figures...

    • Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what proportion of the legal aid budget was spent on asylum and immigration cases in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Commissioners

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what the average waiting time from application to hearing for cases before the Social Security Commissioners was...

      Social Security Commissioners

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what written and other information material is provided (a) in Welsh and (b) bilingually to people taking cases to the...

      Social Security Commissioners

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many cases from Wales were heard in each of the last three years by the Social Security Commissioners; and how many...

      Social Security Commissioners

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what provision is available for cases before the Social Security Commissioners to be heard either wholly or partly in...

      Social Security Commissioners

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many cases from Wales were heard by the Social Security Commissioners in England in each of the last three years.

      British Irish Council

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what work is being undertaken by the British Irish Council in the field of languages; what the objectives of this work...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the hon. Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 11 March ref.147849.

      Immigration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the costs to the Legal Aid Fund on immigration matters were in each financial year since 1996–97.

      Small Claims

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 31 March 2004, Official Report, column 1417W, on small claims, what research projects the...

      Welsh Medium Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the Welsh medium service provided by the Social Security Commissioners.

  • Education and Skills

    • Sure Start (Chatham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the Sure Start programme in Chatham.

    • Educational Attainment (East Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will rank the local education authorities for the East Midlands by their level of educational attainment.

      Civic Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to promote civic awareness through educational activities for students aged 14 to 19 years.

      Mathematics Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will respond to the proposals made in the report by Professor Smith on post-14 mathematics teaching.

      Children of Military Personnel (Schools Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will announce additional funding for schools with a large proportion of children of military personnel under the terms of the...

      School Selection (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received regarding the independent adjudicator's decision on school selection in Hertfordshire.

      Disruptive Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support he will give to schools to enable them to deal with disruptive pupils.

      Schools (Drinks Dispensers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have (i) soft drinks machines and (ii) free water dispensers for pupils.

      Centres of Vocational Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact of Centres of Vocational Excellence upon standards in further education colleges.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent in Liverpool on (a) adult literacy and (b) adult numeracy in each year between 1997 and 2003.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of schools have access to broadband-enabled internet, broken down by those in (a) urban, (b) rural and (c)...

      Capital Modernisation Fund (Wigan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money was allocated to Wigan from the Capital Modernisation Fund.

      Careers Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many careers advisers there were in each year since 1997.

      Child Care (Preston)

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

      Child Guardians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects the President of the Family Law Division to issue her latest practice note regarding the appointment of child guardians in...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the closing date was for applications for new board members for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service; (2)...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children's centres have been set up; and if he will make a statement.

      Computers Within Reach (Wigan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers and (b) families in Wigan have benefited from the Computers within Reach programme.

      Connexions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of students who have visited a Connexions branch since the launch of the service.

      East of England Centre for Playwork Education and Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the (a) total set up and (b) latest annual operating costs were for the East of England Centre for Playwork Education and...

      Education (Bootle)

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

      Education (East Worthing and Shoreham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new nurseries have been set up in East Worthing and Shoreham since 1997.

      Education (East Worthing and Shoreham)

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

      Education (Heywood and Middleton)

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

      Education (Heywood and Middleton)

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

      Education (Heywood and Middleton)

      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 Heywood and...

      Education (Heywood and Middleton)

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

      Education (Match Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what studies he has made of the difficulties further education colleges have faced in deriving sources of funding to match funds from the...

      Education (Stalybridge and Hyde)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many childcare places have been created in Stalybridge and Hyde since 1997; (2) how many children in Stalybridge and Hyde have...

      Education (Stalybridge and Hyde)

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

      Education (Stalybridge and Hyde)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) free nursery places and (b) pre-school places were available for (i) 3 and (ii) 4-year-olds in Stalybridge and Hyde in each of...

      Education (Warrington, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) free nursery and (b) pre-school places were available for (i) 3 and (ii) 4-year-olds in Warrington South in each of the last...

      Education (Warrington, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been spent on (a) computer equipment and (b) computer facilities for schools in Warrington South in each year...

      Education Funding (Birkenhead)

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

      Football Clubs (Study Centres)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many study centres have been built in conjunction with leading football clubs since 1997.

      Headquarters Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in reducing the number of headquarters staff since the 2004 Budget Statement.

      Healthy Eating

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

      Healthy Eating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) maintained and (b) grammar schools in (i) Greater London and (ii) each London borough have introduced healthy...

      Higher Education (Specialist Courses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialist textile and clothing education courses are available in universities and colleges; and what assessment he has made of...

      Information and Communications Technology

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

      Interactive Computer Displays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the cost to (a) Government and (b) individual schools of installing interactive computer display...

      Jobs (Burnley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the (a) change and (b) percentage change was in full-time permanent jobs in Burnley from 1997 to 31 December 2003; (2) how many...

      Millennium Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Government's policy is on the recruitment of 16 to 24-year-old millennium volunteers; and how many have been recruited (a) in total...

      National Childcare Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many children in Burnley have been affected by the National Childcare Strategy; (2) how many child care places have been created...

      National Childcare Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Bootle have benefited from the National Childcare Strategy.

      National Childcare Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many children in East Worthing and Shoreham have benefited from the National Childcare Strategy; (2) how many child care places...

      New Deal for Schools

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

      New Deal for Schools

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

      Performance Tables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the merits of adjusting performance tables to take account of schools' performance in a wider range of...

      Primary Schools (Administrative Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many administrative staff were employed in primary schools in (a) England and (b) Wales in each year since 1997.

      Register of Interests

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

      School Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many primary school closures there were in (a) England and (b) Wales in each year since 1997.

      Schools Funding (Norfolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations he has received regarding funding of schools in Norfolk.

      School Standards (Liverpool and Berkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in Liverpool, Walton have (a) been deemed to be failing since 1997 and (b) subsequently achieved satisfactory standards.

      Solvent Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what research his Department has commissioned into the extent of solvent abuse by children; (2) what estimate he has made of the...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils with special educational needs live more than three miles away from the (a) primary school, (b) secondary school and (c)...

      Sports Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of secondary schools offer their sports facilities for wider community use outside school hours.

      Sports Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to increase sports facilities within existing schools.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he plans to extend the Sure Start scheme to Watford constituency.

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in Bootle 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 each subject in (a) primary, (b) secondary, (c) special and (d) all schools in each year since...

      Teaching Assistants

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

      University Students (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students studying at a London university in the last academic year for which figures are available originated from (a) the UK and...

      Vulnerable Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local authorities are participating in piloting data sharing schemes for vulnerable children; and when each is due to report.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) anti-social behaviour orders, (b) parenting orders and (c) curfew orders have been issued by Leeds City Council since 12...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued in (a) the first quarter of 2003, (b) the second quarter of 2003, (c) the third quarter of...

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum in the UK have been made from claimants not residing in the United Kingdom in the last year for which...

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government has to provide alternative accommodation for asylum seekers currently detained at Maghaberry Prison.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which countries his Department judges that asylum seekers cannot be returned for (a) human rights and (b) other reasons.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men, (b) women and (c) children have been granted humanitarian protection in the United Kingdom in each month since April 2003.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many National Asylum Support Service-supported asylum seekers in the City of Newcastle have had support and accommodation withdrawn on...

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases involving asylum seekers and dependants from EU accession countries remain to be determined.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether asylum seekers from EU accession countries will be required to have an approved work permit under the Special Work Registration...

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in relation to the Oakington Reception Centre, for the second quarter of 2002, how many (a) appeals were received following refusals, (b)...

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of applications for asylum in England and Wales were accepted in each year since 1997.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum cases which went to appeal during each of the last seven years were (a) granted and (b) refused leave to remain in the...

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been placed in (a) Huddersfield, (b) Kirklees and (c) Yorkshire and Humber in each year since 1990.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the countries to which the Home Office does not currently return failed asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Department is required to record mistaken removals of asylum seekers; and what steps have been taken to develop an appropriate...

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what medical assessments are conducted on asylum seekers prior to dispersal within the UK, and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers were dispersed in the UK for the latest year for which figures are available.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are housed in Liverpool, Walton under the dispersal programme.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken to deal with an asylum application is.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications were registered in each year between 1997 and 2003.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been registered with the London Borough of Hillingdon in each of the last five years.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of asylum seekers are estimated to have entered the country illegally in each of the last five years.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in the last year immigration detainees were held overnight in police cells.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from the EU accession states have (a) been granted and (b) been refused leave to remain in the UK under the European...

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has passed to the Immigration Appellate Authority the relevant papers in the case of Mr. S. M., husband of Mrs. S. K....

      Bogus Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action his Department has taken to close down bogus colleges for migration purposes; and how many colleges have been closed down in each...

      Charities Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the Charities Bill.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Counter Terrorism expects to reply to the hon. Member for Southend, West's letters of (a)...

      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 with regard to Mohammed Riaz.

      Crime

      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 Burnley has...

      Crime

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

      Crime Statistics

      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 Manchester...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many homophobic incidents were recorded in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04 by each of the (i) police divisions in west Yorkshire...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many racially aggravated incidents were recorded in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04 by each of the (i) police divisions in West...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes there have been to the levels of recorded crime, broken down by offence, within Weston-super-Mare in each year since 1997.

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time from arrest to court was for (a) persistent young offenders and (b) all offenders in the Wrekin in each year from 1997.

      Criminal Justice Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 February, how many matches are contained wholly within the criminal justice section of the database.

      Detained Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the work of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate official appointed to oversee all detained family cases.

      Detained Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in the last 12 months asylum seeker families with children have been detained for over 28 days.

      Detention and Removal Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who is responsible for dealing with complaints made by immigration and asylum detainees about incidents occurring while they are under escort...

      DNA/Fingerprint Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA samples taken by the police have been destroyed in each of the last five years; and under whose authority in each case.

      DNA/Fingerprint Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that the collecting of DNA and fingerprint data from individuals arrested but not charged with an offence...

      DNA/Fingerprint Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statistics and categories of information will be kept in respect of DNA and fingerprint data on individuals who are not charged with an...

      Eaves Housing for Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the evaluation of the Eaves Housing for Women project will be (a) begun and (b) completed; what funding was committed to the Eaves...

      Entry Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the role of the Scottish Executive in determining Government policy on issuing entry visas.

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he plans to take to ensure control of Britain's frontiers following enlargement of the EU in May.

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the likely number of people coming into the UK from countries acceding to the EU in each of the next seven years.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish the outcome of the review of immigration rules and procedures applicable to dependent members of serving Gurkha...

      Harold Shipman

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether authority has been given for Dr. Harold Shipman's body to be disposed of.

      Identity Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the public services for which the Draft Identity Cards Bill requires the production of an ID card as a condition of receiving...

      Identity Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what purpose the Draft Identity Cards Bill enables an individual's national insurance number to be recorded in the National Identity Register.

      Identity Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers he plans to make available to the police in the event that an individual refuses to verify his or her identity following...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants from China could not be deported in each year since 1997 because the Chinese authorities refused to take them;...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what measures are in place to stop businesses employing illegal immigrants; (2) what measures are in place to deter employers from...

      Merseyside Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions individuals have been excluded from a specific area for up to 24 hours by Merseyside Police and Community Support since...

      Nass

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been allocated to the National Asylum Support Service in each financial year since its inception.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish an organogram for the structures of the National Probation Directorate, HM Prison Service and the National Offender...

      Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will commission an independent review of the implementation of section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.

      Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to implement the report of the Advisory Group on Living in the UK about education for naturalisation applicants.

      Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Treasury about financing the proposals of the Advisory Group on Living in the UK for education of...

      Offender Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the National Offender Management Service will contribute towards a reduction in the use of custody.

      Omar Bakri Mohammed

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will review the immigration status of Omar Bakri Mohammed, with a view to removing his indefinite leave to remain.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding per head of population has been received in each year since 1997 from (a) Government grant and (b) the police precept by each...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police cyclists there are per head of population for each police force.

      Police

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

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average police-to-population ratio was in (a) England and (b) the Avon and Somerset Police Authority in each year since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding per head of population has been received from (a) Government grant and (b) the police precept by each police force in England...

      Police

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

      Police

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

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent from central Government funds per capita on policing in (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire, (b) Humberside and (c) the UK...

      Prison Drug Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisons are using (a) naltraxone, (b) methadone and (c) subutex as part of their drug treatment.

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many students were admitted to the UK under the seasonal agricultural workers scheme from (a) Romania and (b) Bulgaria in (i) 2001, (ii)...

      Sentence Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost of administering a (a) community rehabilitation order, (b) community punishment order, (c) community punishment and...

      Spanish Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Spanish Government on proposals to introduce electronic identity cards in Spain.

      Stowaways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was levied by the UK authorities in fines on (a) drivers and (b) freight companies found carrying stowaways in goods vehicles in...

      Stowaways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles were checked for stowaways at UK border checkpoints in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the scheme of student visas in Scotland will apply to other parts of the United Kingdom.

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to ensure that those issued with student visas through the scheme announced by the Scottish Executive remain in Scotland.

      Study Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) in total, (b) from Africa and (c) from each country in Africa are in possession of a visa to study in the UK.

      Sutton Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the terms of reference of the inquiry by Ken Sutton into the operation of the European Communities Association Agreements...

      US Visitor Deportations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many US visitors have been deported from the UK for incorrect information on their visa applications in the last 12 months.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what checks are undertaken by Work Permits (UK) to ensure that people whose work permits have expired leave the country.

      Wheel Clamping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to regulate the (a) status, (b) prevalence and (c) activities of private security firms which wheel clamp licensed...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to publish the report by Stephen Shaw into the allegations made by the Daily Mirror in relation to the Yarl's Wood Detention...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he received from Mr. Stephen Shaw his report into the fire at Yarl;s Wood Detention Centre in February 2002; when he intends to publish...

      Yvonne Shitto

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what stage the work visa application number S1145670 in the name of Yvonne Shitto is at; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provision they intend to make in their bid for the 2012 Olympic Games for competing nations to provide security protection for their own competitors.

    • Regulations: Cost to Business

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 1 March (WA 89–90), whether they will establish a running cumulative record of the costs and...

      Gas Oil Bowsers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 11 February (WA 166) and 21 April (WA 52), why they judge it desirable to impose more burdensome...

      Single Railway Track: South-west

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the annual loss to the economy caused by the existence of long stretches of single-railway track south west beyond Salisbury to Yeovil...

      Mentally Incapacitated Patients: Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the withdrawal or withholding of nutrition and hydration delivered by artificial means from mentally incapacitated patients with persistent vegetative...

      Mentally Incapacitated Patients: Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy on the withdrawal or withholding of nutrition and hydration delivered by artificial means from mentally incapacitated patients.

      Foot and Mouth: Fraud Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have been charged with fraud in connection with the foot and mouth disease outbreak; and of them how many of these are farmers or slaughtermen.

      Apples: UK Production

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the 6,000 varieties of apples registered in national apple lists are still available in British supermarkets; and what percentage of apples sold in...

      Rural Delivery Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish their response to Lord Haskins's Rural Delivery Review.

      Animal Welfare Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they propose to bring forward the Animal Welfare Bill.

      Local Environments: "Spring Cleans"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have issued any advice to local authorities regarding annual "Spring clean" or "Tidy up" days.

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