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Written answers

Tuesday, 4 May 2004

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture and Fisheries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcome was of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 21 April; what the Government's stance was on the issues...

    • Animal Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what position the Government is taking on the proposal by the Irish Government on new animal transport regulation.

      Animal Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to improve the welfare of animals exported from the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress made towards the introduction of a vaccine for bovine TB.

      Countryside Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the change in her Department's grant-in-aid budget to the Countryside Agency.

      Countryside Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the change in her Department's grant-in-aid budget to the Countryside...

      Countryside Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who will now fund projects previously funded by the Vital Villages Campaign.

      Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when and where she announced the decision to abolish funding for the are you doing your bit campaign.

      EU Accession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made to (a) the European Commission and (b) her counterparts in the EU accession countries on...

      EU Accession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what timetable has been set to ensure that EU accession countries fully comply with EU (a) slaughter, (b) food production,...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on farm income levels for farmers in Heywood and Middleton in the past five years.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average level of farm income for farmers in Burnley was in the past five years.

      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 effect on (i) wildlife and (ii) the environment of exposure...

      Illegal Food Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list, with the penalties imposed, the cases since 1994 of illegal food imports where prosecution succeeded.

      Oysters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make representations to the European Union to issue a protected geographical indication for the Colchester Native...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the policy of the rights of way section of her Department is regarding answering the telephone to members of the public...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out the history of the request to close the footpath at Cuillan Close, Rise Park; when her Department expects...

      Severely Disadvantaged Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria were used in designating severely disadvantaged areas.

      Severely Disadvantaged Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on what support schemes farmers in severely disadvantaged areas will be able to apply for.

  • Transport

    • A19

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deaths and serious injuries have been sustained on the section of the A19 which runs through the Easington constituency in the last 10 years.

    • Cycle Lanes (Battersea)

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

      Lane Rental

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he received the final report by Halcrow on the lane rental pilot in Camden and Middlesbrough; and on what date it will be made public.

      Off-shore Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the risk of obstruction to the Port of London from the London array wind farm; and what representations he has received...

      Off-shore Wind Farms

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

      Off-shore Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has made to the Department of Trade and Industry regarding obstruction to shipping lanes from wind farms.

      Rail Services (Portsmouth Harbour)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 25 March 2004 to the hon. Member for Isle of Wight, Official Report, column 982W, on rail services (a) what information he...

      Road Accidents

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

      Road Accidents

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

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people died in road traffic accidents in Wigan in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were seriously injured in road traffic accidents in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.

      Road Upgrades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make an announcement concerning the Government's decision on the upgrading of the A358 and the A303 following the decision to be...

      Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average duration of utility works involving occupation of the highway was in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002 and (d) 2003.

      Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of congestion on local authority roads in each year since 2000 was caused by (a) street works carried out by utilities and (b) street...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed cameras are installed in Staffordshire, including Stoke-on-Trent.

      Train Services (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many peak-time train services serving Petts Wood, Orpington and St. Mary Cray there are (a) at present and (b) proposed by the Strategic Rail...

      Train Services (Kent)

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

      Train Services (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the passenger usage data for (a) Petts Wood, (b) Orpington and (c) St. Mary Cray that the Strategic Rail Authority used in their...

      Transport Energy Best Practice Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 19 April 2004, Official Report, column 62–63W, on the Transport Energy Best Practice Programme, what proportion of (a)...

      Transport Energy Best Practice Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding has been given to the Transport Energy Best Practice programme, broken down by year.

      Transport Services (Preston)

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

      Transport Services (Preston)

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

      Transport Services (Preston)

      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 Preston.

      Transport Services (Preston)

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

      Transport Services (Preston)

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

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of tyres on vehicles he estimates are of energy efficient types, broken down by vehicle type.

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many tyres have been purchased in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) size and (b) type.

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much (a) energy efficient tyres and (b) normal tyres cost on average to purchase, broken down by size.

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 19 April 2004, Official Report, column 63W, on fuel efficient tyres, if he will estimate the reduction in emissions that...

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 19 April 2004, Official Report, column 63W, on fuel efficient tyres, what the average distance it is estimated these tyres...

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps have been taken to publicise the use of energy efficient tyres.

  • Home Department

    • Police Traffic Divisions (M25)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was given to (a) Essex and (b) Kent police traffic divisions in respect of their work on the M25 in each of the last three years;...

    • Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people driving without requisite insurance cover.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated total annual cost to the UK economy was of dealing with the drug problem in each of the last five years for which figures...

      Identity Card Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish his draft identity card bill.

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the number of people who have five points or more on their driving licence.

      UK Border Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the cost, per unit, of establishing manned UK customs points in countries other than the UK.

  • International Development

    • Investment (Infrastructure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's reasons are for the proportional increase in social infrastructure and services investment and the corresponding...

    • North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid has be offered to North Korea as a result of the Ryongchon incident; and whether this offer has been accepted.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial commitments are planned for St. Helena.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution the United Kingdom will make to the new United Nations appeal for the Darfur Region of Western Sudan.

      World Education Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps have been taken to meet the UK's obligations arising from the agreement at the World Education Forum in Dakar in April 2000...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Academic Fellowship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reason the new academic fellowship scheme says in section 3.9 of the scheme document that a guarantee of a permanent position is an...

    • Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what evaluation has been made of the ideal skills mix of the Board of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC);...

      Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what targets the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC) has set for the commercial exploitation of intellectual...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the associated backup costs for wind penetration of (a) 10 per cent., (b) 15 per cent. and (c) 20 per cent.; and...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the backup costs for electricity generated from (a) wind energy and (b) nuclear power.

      Energywatch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what Energywatch's budget was in each year since it was created, how many calls it received from consumers in each year; and what assessment...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people were (a) killed and (b) injured as a result of accidents and incidents involving fireworks in the last five years.

      Ministerial Meetings/Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list (a) the official meetings she has had with the Mayor of London since July 2000 and (b) the dates and subject of each meeting.

      Ministerial Meetings/Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Minister of State (Energy, e-Commerce and Postal Services) next plans to visit Japan.

      Panel for Regulatory Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many members of the Panel for Regulatory Accountability have worked in the private sector; and in what capacity.

      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 the residents of Wigan.

      Renewable Energy

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

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received on renewable energy targets and their achievement; and if she will make a statement.

      Ultra-wideband Wireless Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to license ultra-wideband wireless networks.

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received on the proposal for wind turbines in the Thames Estuary; and if she will make a statement.

      Winkleigh Biomass Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what studies have been conducted by (a) central Government and (b) the South West Regional Development Agency of potential (i) fossil fuel...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Area Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the target date is for the implementation of the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan; and if he will make a statement.

    • Bangor Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to enhance the services available at Bangor hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      British-Irish Joint Declaration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in implementing those aspects of the British-Irish Joint Declaration that deal with security normalisation.

      Housing Executive Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals were awaiting placement in housing executive properties, broken down by area, in the last year; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to increase the numbers of dentists working for the NHS in Northern Ireland.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Parliamentary Questions have been tabled to his Department since 1 January 2003, broken down by (a) Ordinary Written and (b) Named Day;...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in dealing with prostate cancer in Northern Ireland in the past two years.

      Radioactive Contamination (Chernobyl Accident)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many farms in Northern Ireland, comprising what land areas and in what locations, have restrictions applied to them in respect of land use...

      Register of Interests

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

      Secondary School Entry (Craigavon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what effect the ending of academic selection for entry to secondary schools as recommended by the Costello Report would have on the Two Tier...

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of using independent hospitals outside Northern Ireland to reduce local waiting lists.

      Water Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will support pilot schemes to promote water conservation among low income households and vulnerable people in order to reduce the impact...

      Water Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to improve water efficiency in (a) low income households, (b) domestic premises, (c) small businesses and (d) public sector...

      Water Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what further research has been undertaken following the Northern Ireland Audit Office report into water efficiency in 2001; and if he will make...

  • Wales

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list for each Civil Service grade within his Department, the total number of staff employed and set out the number employed by (a) gender, (b)...

    • Departmental Computers

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

      North Wales Police

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales Secretaries about the use of Private Finance Initiative by North Wales...

      Register of Interests

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Tourism (Manchester)

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

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Community Learning Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Adult Community Learning Budget is for each English local authority area, expressed (a) in cash terms and (b) per head of population.

    • African Educational Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support (a) his Department and (b) UK educational institutions have given to developing courses for African educational institutions in...

      British National Party

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to protect young school children from the campaigning conducted by the British National Party in schools to promote...

      Class Sizes

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

      Class Sizes

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

      Class Sizes

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

      Class Sizes

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

      Computers for Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been spent on computers for schools in each of the last seven years in (a) Liverpool, (b) Manchester, (c) Leeds...

      Computers for Schools

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

      Computers within Reach Programme

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

      Computers within Reach Programme

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

      Computers within Reach Programme

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

      Departmental Expenditure (Entertainment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996–97 to 2004–05.

      Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many bodies receive some or all of their funding from his Department; what amount of funding was received by each body in each year...

      Earn As You Learn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children he expects will be persuaded to remain at school beyond their GCSEs through the earn as you learn scheme.

      Education Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many education psychologists were working (a) in each local education authority and (b) in total in each year since 1997.

      Education Statistics (Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total education budget awarded to Havering was in (a) 1997, (b) 1999, (c) 2001, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004.

      Education Statistics (Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new computers the Department plans to put in schools in the next five years; and how many of those will be put in schools in Havering.

      Education Statistics (Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the forecast budget for the Borough of Havering for education is for 2005–06.

      Electronic On-screen Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions his Department has had with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority regarding electronic on-screen assessment.

      Examination Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the readiness of the examination boards for this summer's examinations.

      Examination Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many (a) black Caribbean, (b) Pakistani, (c) black African, (d) Bangladeshi, (e) white, (f) Indian and (g) Chinese (i) males and...

      Information and Communications Technology (School Funding)

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

      School Funding (Wigan)

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

      Positive Activities for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills why the money for the Positive Activities for Young People Initiative is not paid directly to youth and community services.

      SATs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the Key Stage One pilots; and if he will make a statement.

      School Sports

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

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money has been invested in Heywood and Middleton since 1997 to build long-term sustainable facilities for school sports.

      School Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the merits of performance testing in schools.

      School Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 11-year-old pupils in the Easington constituency, broken down by school, have reached level four in mathematics and...

      Schools (External Controls)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list (a) each of the external controls over schools referred to in the document, "Devolved Decision Making: Delivering Better...

      Secondary School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacant secondary school places there were in Northamptonshire, broken down by (a) school year group, (b) borough or district area...

      Student Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the staying-on rate at 16 years is for (a) Canvey Island, (b) Castle Point, (c) Essex and (d) England.

      Teachers' Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether at any future Ofsted inspection of schools account will be taken of the consequences of the moratorium on issuing visas to teachers...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Leaseholders (Buildings Insurance)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will implement the parts of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 that will allow leaseholders to choose their own buildings insurance; and if he...

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list for each civil service grade within his (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies, the total number of staff employed, broken down by...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) renovation and (b) maintenance projects on buildings (i) owned and (ii) rented by his Department were undertaken in each of the last five years; and what...

      Housing Developments (Milton Keynes/South Midlands)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the submissions made by the Government Office for the South East to the Examination in Public of plans for housing...

      Hunting (Tied Properties)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to protect the tenancy rights of those employed by a hunt living in a tied property in the event of a ban on hunting being introduced.

      Retained Distribution Centre

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the publications and other products distributed from his retained distribution centre.

      Roadside Advertising

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice his Department offers local authorities regarding positioning of roadside and roundabout advertising.

      Town Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) when he intends to publish the final version of PPS6; (2) how many responses have been received to the consultation paper Planning Policy Statement (PPS)...

      Traffic and Community Wardens

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the responsibilities of (a) traffic wardens and (b) community wardens are.

      Unoccupied Property

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many unoccupied non-domestic properties paid empty property business rates in England in each year since 1997; (2) how many unoccupied industrial...

      Unoccupied Property

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many empty residential dwellings there were in England in each year since 1997.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent violence in Aceh.

    • Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on end use monitoring of UK arms exports used in Aceh by Indonesian forces.

      Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of the independent evaluations of the Global Conflict Prevention Pool and the...

      Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how often the joint steering team responsible for the Global Conflict Prevention Pool has met in each year since 2001–02.

      Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funds were allocated to the (a) Global Conflict Prevention Pool and (b) African Conflict Prevention Pool in each year since...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the decision of the National People's Congress Standing Committee on 26 April to refuse to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department had on how the UN Oil For Food programme in Iraq was audited.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with other UN Security Council members on the fee levied by the UN for operating the Oil For Food...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the overseas visits made by each Minister in his Department in financial year 2003–04.

      President of Poland (Official Visit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many hon. Members other than Privy Councillors have been sent invitations to banquets, receptions and other official events...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Panel for Regulatory Accountability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office under what criteria a draft regulation will be referred to the Panel for Regulatory Accountability.

    • Panel for Regulatory Accountability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on the (a) role, (b) function and (c) membership of the Panel for Regulatory Accountability.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he expects the next version of Public Bodies to be published.

      Emergency Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the civil contingencies grant for emergency planning to (a) North Yorkshire, (b) the City of York, (c) Hambleton district council and (d) Harrogate...

      Mr. Howell James

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if he will make a statement on the process which led to the appointment of Mr. Howell James as Permanent Secretary in charge of Government...

      Recycled Paper

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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)...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to promote the delivery of sustainable development within Government.

  • Defence

    • Cluster Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cluster bombs are stockpiled by the Ministry of Defence, broken down by type.

    • Cluster Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when current stockpiles of (a) BL-755 cluster bombs and (b) RBL-755 cluster bombs will become obsolete; what plans his Department has (i) to replace them...

      Defence Personnel (Vale of York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) role and (b) specialisation is of the Royal Naval personnel serving in the Vale of York.

      Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory's revenue has been derived from QinetiQ; and what proportion of its outgoings have been...

      Departmental IT Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the advantages and disadvantages of privatising IT infrastructure in his Department; (2) what assessment he has...

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the investment appraisal of the proposed move of most of the activities of RAF Boulmer to RAF Scampton.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to be able to write to the hon. Member for North Down with the information requested in her question ref.151328.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which procurement decisions in each of the last five years have not been made solely on the basis of best value for money.

      Quick Reaction Alert Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the role of Quick Reaction Alert aircraft is.

      Quick Reaction Alert Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft are on Quick Reaction Alert status at (a) RAF Leeming, (b) RAF Leuchars and (c) RAF Coningsby.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Court Closures (Luton)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on delays to court hearings of the current closure of courts in Luton.

    • Emergency Protection Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2004, Official Report, columns 852–53W, on emergency protection orders, how many...

      Operation Payback

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what initial assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Operation Payback on the Wirral.

      Special Immigration Appeals Commission

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

      Special Immigration Appeals Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the costs have been of (a) administration and (b) the salaries and expenses of members of the Special Immigration...

      Special Immigration Appeals Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to his answer of 27 April 2004, Official Report, columns 896–97W, on Special Immigration Appeals...

      Special Immigration Appeals Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many appeals to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission against detention under anti-terrorism and removal of...

      Special Immigration Appeals Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many appeals have been heard by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission; and for how many (a) days and (b) hours...

  • Prime Minister

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Prime Minister what account he took of Sir David King's views on the need to tackle climate change in deciding what time to set aside for his speech at the launch of the Climate Group...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost to public funds was of the launch of the Climate Group on 27 April.

      Departmental Procurement (Sea Bass)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to ensure that sea bass served at functions at which he is the host is sourced from hand-line fishermen rather than pair trawlers.

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Prime Minister if it remains the intention of the Government in the forthcoming Inter-Governmental Conference on the proposed EU constitution not to accept qualified majority voting on...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list those policy areas where the Government have agreed that qualified majority voting should replace unanimity under the proposed EU Constitution.

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Prime Minister if, consequent to his decision to hold a referendum on the proposed constitution of the European Union, he will publish a white paper in which in respect of each of the...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his Statement on Europe, of 20 April 2004, Official Report, columns 155–57, whether it is his policy to describe the draft Constitution for Europe as a...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his statement on Europe, of 20 April 2004, Official Report, columns 155–57, what factors he took into account in reaching his decision on whether to...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer, of 21 April 2004, Official Report, column 287, what discussions he held with ministerial colleagues prior to his decision to hold a referendum on...

      European Evidence Warrant

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will veto the legislative instrument proposing the European Evidence Warrant; (2) if he will refuse to accept the European Constitution if at the next...

      European Evidence Warrant

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of whether the European Evidence Warrant complies with the Human Rights Act 1998.

      House of Lords

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that political representation in the House of Lords from Northern Ireland reflects the community there.

      Kyoto Protocol

      To ask the Prime Minister on what date he last raised the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change with President Bush.

      Libya

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will secure from Libya an inventory of the arms that it supplied to the IRA.

      Middle East

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his statement on Iraq and the Middle East Peace Process, of 19 April 2004, Official Report, columns 21–23, (1) whether he urged President Bush that...

      Morganatic Marriages

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he has recently held discussions on introducing legislation permitting members of the Royal Family to enter into morganatic marriages; and if he will make a...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the overseas (a) cities and (b) countries which he has visited on official business in the first four months of 2004, broken down by date of visit.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average period was between a disability living allowance application form being received and it being considered by a decision...

    • Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints have been received in the West Midlands about the tests for work applied to those on incapacity benefit.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance is issued to those (a) in receipt of incapacity benefit and (b) who have carer's responsibilities in respect of jobseeker's...

      Maternity Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether women who have been in paid employment throughout pregnancy who changed employer during this period will be eligible via (a)...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost in each of the next 10 financial years from 2006–07, net of savings in means-tested benefits and additional...

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many senior citizens in Stalybridge and Hyde have benefited from the winter fuel allowance since 1997.

  • Health

    • Norfolk and Norwich Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the PFI contract in respect of the Norfolk and Norwich hospital.

    • Hospital-acquired Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on MRSA in hospitals.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the number of NHS dentists in Leeds.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on NHS dental provision in south Devon.

      Health Inequality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the public health reports from primary care trusts in areas suffering from health inequality.

      Elderly People (Abuse)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on the abuse of elderly people.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to assist the work of local diabetes self-help groups.

      Health Services (West Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received regarding improvements to children's and maternity health services in (a) Leeds and (b) West Yorkshire.

      Mental Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he proposes to start the pre-legislative scrutiny stages of the draft Mental Health Bill.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in making payments available through the ex-gratia payments scheme for patients infected with hepatitis C.

      Anti-depressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that SSRI anti-depressants carry a warning that they may make patients suicidal.

      Care Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the future arrangements for the monitoring of care standards will include the use of lay visitors.

      Cataract Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were waiting for cataract surgery in each Greater London NHS Trust for more than (a) three, (b) six and (c) nine months in each year...

      CFS/Me

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding has been allocated to Professor Simon Wesley's team at the Institute of Psychiatry for research into CFS/ME; (2) what funding has been...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to reply to the letter to him from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 19 February with regard to Mrs. S. Wild.

      Drugs (Self-Administration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients are attending NHS hospitals and clinics whose condition is a direct result of the self-administering of drugs, broken down by region.

      Drugs (Self-Administration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what current or past research conducted or funded on behalf of the NHS has examined the relationships between self administered drug use and patients'...

      Elective Admissions (Crosby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the levels of elective admissions to the NHS in Crosby in the past five years.

      Eye Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many senior citizens in Heywood and Middleton have access to free eye tests; (2) how many residents in Heywood and Middleton aged over 60 years...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) headcount and (b) whole-time equivalent general practitioners there were in each year between 1979 and 1997 inclusive.

      GP Waiting Times (Battersea)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients in the Battersea constituency were offered an appointment with a general practitioner within 48 hours in each year since...

      Health Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2004, Official Report, column 703W, on the Health Ombudsman's Report (Long-term Care), how many cases have been reviewed...

      Health Services (Birkenhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the levels of elective admissions to the NHS in Birkenhead in the past five years.

      Heart Disease (Batley and Spen)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the impact of the Government's campaign to reduce heart disease in Batley and Spen.

      Hospital Episode Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS finished consultant episodes were recorded by hospital episode statistics in England in each year since 1979.

      Infection Control Nurses Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the review of community infection control nurses announced in 2002.

      Integrated Falls Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to facilitate greater use of pacemakers as part of an integrated falls strategy.

      Intensive Care Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intensive care beds there were in each Greater London NHS Trust in each year since 1997.

      Mental Health Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultant psychiatrists, (b) mental health nurses and (c) primary care mental health workers (i) were recruited by and (ii) left the NHS in...

      Musculoskeletal Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people are suffering from musculoskeletal disease; and if he will make a statement; (2) how much money was spent by the NHS on the...

      NHS Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what budget has been made available for 2004–05 to NHS Accident and Emergency departments for (a) art, (b) plants and (c) music; (2) what...

      Patient Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are being taken to set aside funds to empower patients via (a) improved information access and (b) further development of the expert patient...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were issued in each year since 1997; and how many of them were dispensed.

      Thimerosal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the link between Thimerosal in vaccines and autism.

  • Treasury

    • Economic Inactivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many economically inactive adults of working age there are, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) reasons for economic inactivity.

    • Employment Statistics (Preston)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the level of unemployment was in each year since 1997 in Preston; (2) if he will make a statement on the levels of long-term (a) adult and (b)...

      Employment Statistics (Preston)

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

      Employment Statistics (Preston)

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

      Employment Statistics (Preston)

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

      Employment Statistics (Wigan)

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

      Employment Statistics (Wigan)

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

      Employment Statistics (Wigan)

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

      National Minimum Wage

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

      Budget Implications (Hull)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the effect that Budget 2004 will have on the Hull, North constituency.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the disposal of entitlement under the introduction of single farm payments will be subject to capital gains tax.

      Computer Equipment

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

      Customs Point, Coquelles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent in each of the last three years on the manned customs point that is staffed by the UK at Coquelles in France.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the British economy grew on average per annum (a) in total and (b) per capita in the period (i) 1992 to 1997 and (ii) 1997 to 2003.

      Environmental Campaigns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding he has allocated to Government departments to promote environmental campaigns in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing (First-time Buyers)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce additional fiscal measures to help first time buyers purchase their homes; and if he will make a statement.

      Influenza

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died of influenza-related illnesses in each of the last 20 years.

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the proposed move of the Office for National Statistics office in Titchfield to Southampton, considered in submissions for the 2002...

      Public Liability Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average cost of public liability insurance was in each year since 1997.

      Retail Prices Index

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of applying hedonics methodology to the Retail Prices Index; what plans he has to make further such adjustments;...

      School Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement setting out the total cash sums available to individual schools by way of direct per pupil payments following the Budget...

      Sealskin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much trade has been recorded by HM Customs and Excise in (a) whitecoat sealskin, (b) blueback sealskin and (c) sealskin apparel in each year since 1998.

      Senior Citizens (Wigan)

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

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the effect of a 0.05 per cent. reduction in the rate of inflation would be on (a) total spending on social security benefit, (b) total spending on...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints, broken down by category, he has received following the introduction of new tax credit arrangements.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of child tax credit awards that will be reduced following the finalisation of 2003–04 awards.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of families currently receiving a manual top-up payment in respect of a child tax credit award which has been reduced because...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of recipients of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit have received payments above the level to which they are entitled; and what...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether tax credit helpline advisors inform claimants about (a) the recovery of overpayments and (b) the availability of top up payments when they report a...

      UK Aid Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to increase the UK aid budget to meet the UN target of 0.7 per cent. of GDP spent on overseas aid.

      Unclaimed Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's latest estimate is of the total sum of money lying dormant and unclaimed in United Kingdom bank accounts.

      Unclaimed Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made with the initiative announced by his Department to reunite unclaimed assets with their rightful owners; and if he will make a...

  • House of Lords

    • Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure stopped the Ulster-Scots Agency's policy of targeting social need by removing the appropriate...

    • Northern Ireland: Accidental Dwelling Fires

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 22 March (WA 74) concerning cigarette-related fires in Northern Ireland, how many fires were started by...

      Northern Ireland: Languages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why a leaflet produced by the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety entitled The New GP Contract (reference 299/2003) is not...

      Iraq: Car Bombs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many car bombs have been intercepted by security forces in Basra this month.

      Defence Spending

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the total government expenditure on defence in the years 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03 and what are the expected totals for 2003–04 and...

      MoD and Environmental Tectonics Corporation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 16 January (WA 111–112), whether they have reached a settlement with Defence and Environmental Tectonics...

      Reservists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 20 April (WA 24), why the reserve standard award for the mobilised members of the Reserve Forces has not been...

      NATO: Ground Surveillance System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the present status of the NATO air-to-ground surveillance (AGS) programme; to what extent the United Kingdom is participating in that programme; and how...

      Airborne Stand-off Radar Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Airborne Stand-off Radar (ASTOR) programme is still expected to result in the acquisition of five aircraft at a cost of £83.3 million each and...

      Watchkeeper

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for enhancing the capabilities of Watchkeeper by incremental acquisition after its initial entry into service.

      Watchkeeper

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What constraints there are on the transmission by Bowman of streamlined video images provided by Watchkeeper.

      Watchkeeper

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for making Watchkeeper available to warships of the Royal Navy.

      Iraq: Civilian Deaths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Iraqi civilians were killed by coalition forces in the month of March 2004.

      Education: Targets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to reach their target that 85 per cent of 19 year-olds achieve a level 2 qualification.

      Pensions Bill: Limited Price Indexation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessments have been made, in the context of the Pensions Bill, of the impact that reducing limited price indexation will have on the number of pensioners...

      Pensions Bill: Limited Price Indexation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the rates of poverty among people aged over 80 are likely to be affected by the reduction in limited price indexation as outlined in the Pensions Bill.

      Pensions Bill: Pension Protection Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: From where, if the Pensions Bill becomes law as now drafted, the extra resources required by final salary pension schemes to pay the Pension Protection Fund levy...

      Domestic Violence: Emergency Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support they have given between January 2002 and January 2004 to organisations that give advice and emergency accommodation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

      Domestic Violence: Emergency Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with Broken Rainbow LGBT Domestic Violence Service (UK) on funding to ensure that there is emergency refuge service provision for...

      Local Authorities: Conduct of Candidates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the local authority standards boards and their codes of conduct have any legal standing or functions in relation to the conduct of candidates, political...

      Ofcom: Radio Spectrum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Ofcom has sufficient powers and technological capability to enforce appropriate controls of the 5.8GHz network, particularly in respect of dynamic...

      Civil Partnerships: Inheritance Provisions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to amend the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 so as to eliminate any difference between same-sex couples and...

      Asylum Seekers: Return to Country of Origin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they have done to publicise the safe return of refugees and asylum seekers to their own countries and communities, so as to counteract any public perception...

      Asylum Seekers: Readmission to Third Countries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will invite the European Commission to publish details of the readmission agreements with third states (for asylum seekers and others) which it is...

      Overseas Post-graduate Students: Visa Fees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will waive the extension of the £150 visa fee for overseas post-graduate students pursuing a Masters in Business Administration and other courses...

      Community Punishments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the efficiency of the administration of community service punishment was last reviewed and which government agency is responsible for the matter.

      Community Punishments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether litter clearance is a suitable activity for offenders sentenced to community service punishment.

      Prisoners: Literacy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 25 March (WA 109–10), whether they will ensure that prison governors are aware of the...

      Asylum Seekers from Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the case of failed asylum seekers who are unable to return to Zimbabwe because of the human rights situation there, they will use their power to grant...

      UK Frontiers: Security against Organised Crime and Illegal Immigration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the frontiers of the United Kingdom are secure against (a) organised crime; and (b) illegal immigration.

      EU Enlargement: Roma Migrants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made any estimates of the number of Roma people who may seek to enter the United Kingdom following the enlargement of the European Union on 1 May...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What charge is made for the replacement of a lost or stolen United Kingdom passport; and whether such charge covers the total cost of replacing the passport there...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is desirable that the Registrar of Births and Deaths should inform the Passport Office of deaths in order that any valid passport held by a deceased...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements are in place for the cancellation of the validity of a passport held by a deceased person; how many passports of deceased persons have been...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans there are for passports issued by member states of the European Union to include biometric detail.

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether naturalisation information and application papers are available at all times in the Belfast Passport Office.

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, in terms of passports, there are differences between British citizens and British subjects; what the differences are; and whether any changes are envisaged.

      HMP Maghaberry: Immigration Act Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Immigration Act detainees were held in HM Prison Maghaberry at the most recent date; whether any were children or juveniles; how many were awaiting...

      Asylum Seekers: Gender Issues

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the new Home Office instructions on gender issues will have the effect that women applying for asylum will always be interviewed by women.

      Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the significance of the current situation in Afghanistan in their action against Al'Qaeda; and in this context, what are they now...

      Iraq: Amnesty International Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to each of the 11 recommendations in the Amnesty International report on the human rights situation in Iraq, entitled Iraq: one year on the...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received evidence from Darfur, western Sudan, that rape is being used as a weapon of war; and what is their reponse to the comments of the United...

      North Korea

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received the appeal issued by Christian Solidarity Worldwide on 15 April on behalf of Mr Park Yong-chol (alias Jo Yung-su), arrested in China on...

      Vietnam: Montagnard Christians

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Vietnam regarding the killing of Montagnard Christians in the central highlands of Vietnam during...

      Vietnam: Montagnard Christians

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have given support to the call of King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia that the Government of Cambodia should give refuge to Montagnard Christians...

      Iraq: Alleged Punitive House Demolitions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their position on the alleged policy of punitive house demolitions in Iraq; and whether they deem such policies to have had a role in provoking the recent...

      Iraqi Special Tribunal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the statute establishing the Iraqi Special Tribunal.

      Rural Delivery Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When their consultation on Lord Haskins's rural delivery review will start; how long it will last; and when they plan to publish the results.

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