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Written answers

Wednesday, 5 May 2004

  • Solicitor-General

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General what recent discussions the Serious Fraud Office has had with its EU counterparts.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Administration Estimate

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the reasons were for the reduction in the Administration Estimate from 2000–01 to...

    • Electricity Consumption

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his answer of 19 April 2004, Official Report, column 236W, on electricity...

      Security of Communications

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Expenditure (Entertainment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her latest estimate is of the amount spent by her Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996–97 to 2004–05.

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the (a) crockery, (b) cutlery and (c) glassware procured by her Department over the last five years is of British...

      New Opportunities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the New Opportunities Fund is being provided to support children with special needs; and if she will make a statement.

      Talented Athlete Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public funding has been spent on the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme; what sums are committed for (a) the current year and...

  • Wales

    • European Structural Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had concerning the potential impact in Wales of changes in European structural funds after 31 December 2006.

    • Dredging (Dee Estuary)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with English local authorities and environmental bodies regarding dredging in the Dee Estuary.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales concerning the relocation to Wales of civil service jobs.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent representations he has received from small business organisations in Wales regarding start-up schemes.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary about progress in reducing waiting times.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the (a) latest activities of the Welsh monitoring sub-group for the miners' compensation scheme in Wales and (b) latest...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Anderson Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether the final report of the mission, entitled "DG (SANCO)/3367/2001—MR Final", carried out from 1 to 5...

    • Aridity Index

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the aridity index was, broken down by country in (a) 1975, (b) 1985, (c) 1995 and (d) 2002.

      Breckland Farmland SSSI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the success of the stone curlew within the Breckland Farmland Site of Special Scientific Interest is measured.

      Breckland Farmland SSSI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the legal costs to date associated with the Breckland Farmland Site of Special Scientific Interest and the proposed...

      Energy Efficiency (Wirral, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimates she has made of the potential carbon savings that will be achieved in the UK as a result of implementing the...

      EU 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 26 April; what the Government's stance was on the issues...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what extra subsidy schemes severely disadvantaged area farmers may apply for.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what headage of livestock is registered in Cumbria.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms there are in Cumbria.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether Cumbrian farmers will be subject to different cross-compliance measures from Scottish farmers.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether farmers in severely disadvantaged areas in Cumbria will be subject to different cross-compliance measures from...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average difference in payments between 2005 and 2013 will be for farmers (a) in severely disadvantaged areas, (b)...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what effect the lower rate severely disadvantaged areas allowance will have on numbers of livestock in Cumbria.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what differences in cross-compliance requirements will exist between farms in different regions in England; (2) what...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has responded to the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit recommendation that she should designate the sea bass stock for...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many UK fishing vessels will be required to use pingers in gillnet fisheries in areas IV and VII under the...

      Hops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition her Department uses of (a) hedgerow hops and (b) standard hops under the new single payment regime.

      Orchards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what definition her Department uses of an orchard; (2) at what tree density her Department defines woodland as an orchard.

      Orchards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government will take to protect old varieties of apples if traditional orchards do not qualify for half subsidy.

      Orchards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which EU member states subsidise orchards.

      Rats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action the Government are taking to control the rat population.

      Tenancy Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on recent discussions with the Association of Chief Estates Surveyors and Property Managers in...

      Veal Crates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has made to the European Commission on the use and regulation of veal crates; and if she will...

  • Treasury

    • National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suicides were recorded in the UK in each of the last 10 years for (a) children and (b) adults.

    • National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many conceptions resulted in termination in each year since 1997, broken down by month; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in the Huntingdon constituency are in receipt of child tax credit.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Oldham West and Royton have received child tax credit.

      Citizen Information Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress on (a) the Citizen Information Project and (b) the objectives of the UK Population Register.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the (a) crockery, (b) cutlery and (c) glassware procured by his Department over the last five years is of British manufacture.

      Employment

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

      Employment

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

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 23 April 2004, Official Report, column 686W, on gift aid, what assessment he has made of the effect of the abolition of gift aid...

      Household Debt/Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the average (a) household debt per annum and (b) household monthly income in each year since 1997 in Greater London, broken down by borough.

      Income Tax

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

      IT Equipment (Tax Exemption)

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

      IT Equipment (Tax Exemption)

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

      Job Creation (Huntingdon)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many jobs have been created in the Huntingdon constituency since 1997; (2) what the (a) change and (b) percentage change was in full-time...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list (a) the official meetings he has had with the Mayor of London since July 2000 and (b) the dates and subject of each meeting.

      Mr. B. Bentley (Child Benefit)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long it took to finalise the claim for child benefit submitted by Mr. B. Bentley of Quigley Street, Birkenhead; and if he will make a statement on his...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many young people aged 16 or 17 he expects will be entitled to the national minimum wage in (a) Greater London, (b) each London borough and (c) the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many (a) Ordinary Written and (b) Named Day Questions his Department received in (i) the 2002–03 and (ii) this parliamentary session up to...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to question 163123 tabled on 18 March, on meetings with the Chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the Exchequer would be under its proposed reform of pension taxation of imposing no lifetime saving allowance on pension savings in...

      Public Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he expects to meet his target of having achieved a modest surplus across the current economic cycle ending in fiscal year 2005–06.

      Small Businesses (Shrewsbury)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many small businesses re-registered for VAT in Shrewsbury and Atcham in each year since 1997; (2) how many new VAT registrations of small...

      Tourism (Wirral)

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

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment was in each year since 1997 in Wirral, South.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the unemployment figures were in the constituency of Edmonton for (a) 1991–92, (b) 2001–02 and (c) 2003.

  • Transport

    • Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will allocate additional funds to local authorities to introduce free bus travel for (a) those of pensionable age and (b) those with...

    • Off-shore Wind Farms

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

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to issue an advice leaflet to the crews of British flagged ships concerning how best to defend themselves against piracy.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures he has taken to help British flagged ships that sail (a) near Malaysia and (b) through the Straits of Malacca defend themselves against...

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents of piracy were reported as having taken place against British vessels in 2003.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents of piracy were discovered at UK seaports by (a) UK border controls and (b) the Royal Navy in 2003.

  • Defence

    • Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to his answer of 1 April 2004, Official Report, column 1604W, on accommodation costs, what the housing needs of the Service personnel...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the benefits of full-sized aircraft carriers.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the BAE Systems and Thales partnership is still his preferred prime contractor for the aircraft carrier programme; what alternatives are under...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to ensure that (a) the entire value of future aircraft carriers will be spent in the UK and (b) in the event that overseas...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make it his policy to ensure that the final assembly and integration of modules of all future aircraft carriers will be at a UK...

      Airfield Support Services Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which officials involved in the preparation of Fire Study 2000 have also been involved with (a) the preparation of the Public Sector Comparator and (b)...

      Armoured Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to improve armoured mobility for (a) the Army and (b) the Royal Marines; and if he will make a statement.

      Asset Tracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress is being made in acquiring an asset tracking system for the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Atomic Co-ordinating Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff are employed in the Atomic Co-ordinating Offices in London and Washington; and what their civil service grades are.

      Atomic Co-ordinating Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual running costs are of the Atomic Co-ordinating Offices in London and Washington; and out of which budget they are taken.

      Defence Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest estimate is of the (a) defence procurement budget and (b) military research and development budget for each year from 1996–97 to...

      Defence Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed in the Defence Fire Service; and how many of these have indicated a willingness to become sponsored reserves in the event...

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the position of each Eurofighter Typhoon partner in respect of when they will be ordering their Tranche II aircraft.

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his partners in the Eurofighter Typhoon Project about the UK being allocated the building of the 18 aircraft destined...

      France Campaign 1940

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the contribution made by the 51st Highland Division who were captured at St. Valery-en-Caux.

      HMS Vanguard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what safeguards will be in place for citizens of the Devonport area when the nuclear reactor of HMS Vanguard is fired up after her Long Overhaul Period...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest estimate is of the number of unexploded cluster bombs and bomblets that remain in Iraq having been dropped by British military operations.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures his Department has implemented to (a) trace and (b) recover munitions containing depleted uranium used by British forces in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that all investigations into alleged abuses by Coalition Forces in Iraq are conducted by a body that is (a) competent, (b) impartial...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that the findings of all investigations into alleged abuses by United Kingdom forces in Iraq are made public.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements exist for the sharing of information between United States military forces and (a) British forces and (b) the United Kingdom diplomatic...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what attempts have been made to ascertain the number of Iraqi civilians (a) killed and (b) injured by British forces in Iraq since 1May 2003.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many students in full-time employment have interrupted their studies to serve with reserve forces in Iraq and the adjoining theatre over the...

      Kinnegar Army Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Kinnegar Army base at Holywood, County Down.

      Manning Control Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria are used to identify soldiers for manning control; whether this information is readily available to soldiers on a regular basis as well as...

      Merlin Helicopter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Merlin helicopters have been lost since their original delivery; for what reasons; and what plans he has for their replacement.

      Merlin Helicopter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the procedure is for acquiring spares for Merlin helicopters; and if he will make a statement.

      MOD Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what account he takes when releasing Ministry of Defence land for development of the needs of (a) his Department and (b) the local community; and if he...

      Naval Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason his Department is replacing the post of engineering artificer in the Navy with the post of engineering technician; and what difference...

      Naval Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of through-life programmes to accompany future naval procurements.

      Nimrod MRA4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the progress of the Nimrod MRA4 aircraft programme; and when a decision will be made on approval for the production phase...

      Officer Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) strength of all ranks above OF 2 in the (i) Royal Navy and (ii) RAF was on the latest date for which figures are...

      Officer Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the differences between strength and establishment of officers in the Army.

      Overseas Military Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what sums of money involved in training of military students for foreign Governments were (a) paid, (b) waived and (c) written off in each of the last...

      Parachute Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the number of premature voluntary release applications (a) received and (b) approved in the last 12 months in (i) 1 Para, (ii) 2 Para and...

      Parachute Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the strength of the Parachute Regiment at (a) 1 April 2003 and (b) 1 April 2004 and the estimated strength for 1 April 2005; and if he...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to review the provision of free postage for troop parcels for forces serving in Iraq.

      Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes he proposes to the system of radar cover; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF (Medical Personnel)

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

      RAF (Medical Personnel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many medical personnel are based at (a) RAF Leuchars and (b) RAF Coningsby, broken down by (i) service, (ii) rank and (iii) specialisation.

      RAF Sealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the impact on the local community of the loss of jobs at RAF Sealand in Flintshire; and what further plans he has for RAF...

      Royal Gibraltar Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's intentions are on the funding for the Royal Gibraltar Regiment; and if he will make a statement.

      Second Hand Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the second hand equipment sold to each country in the last year for which records are available.

      Special Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the (a) SAS and (b) SBS have (i) applied and (ii) been accepted for premature voluntary retirement in each month of the last 12...

      Trident Nuclear Warhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the latest safe in-service date for the British Trident nuclear warhead is; and if he will make a statement.

      Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he intends to announce the second tranche of orders for Typhoon.

      United States Laboratories (UK Research)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what work is carried out by (a) the Sandia National Laboratories, (b) the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and (c) the Los Alamos National...

      US Forces (Service Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total income received for services rendered to the US visiting forces and their agencies was in 2003.

      US Global Posture Realignment Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has received regarding changes in numbers or strength of US forces based in the UK as part of the US Global Posture Realignment...

      US/UK Mutual Defence Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British personnel are stationed in the United States as part of the 1958 US/UK Mutual Defence Agreement; and where they are located.

      US/UK Mutual Defence Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel are employed in the renegotiation of the 1958 US/UK Mutual Defence Agreement; and what the estimated cost is of renegotiation.

      US/UK Mutual Defence Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list all the exchange of information and visit reports that have occurred in the last 12 months as part of the 1958 US/UK Mutual Defence Agreement.

      US/UK Mutual Defence Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people visited (a) the Pantex Plant in America, (b) the Sandia National Laboratories, (c) the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, (d) the...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answers to the hon. Member for Mid-Sussex (Mr. Soames) of 25 March 2004, Official Report, column 949W, and 14 April 2004, Official...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department issues guidelines in relation to planning applications for wind farms to be located within a certain distance of military...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to encourage local health and social care groups to adopt asthma as a particular interest among long-term conditions;...

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what research he has collated on the earlier diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders in the Province; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases have been dealt with by the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland in each of the last two years.

      Conservation Area Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what effect the designation of conservation area status has upon the protection of trees within its boundaries.

      District Policing Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Dungannon and South Tyrone District policing partnership will be established.

      Dublin/Monaghan Bombings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information he has studied in relation to the extent of British security service involvement in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974.

      Environment and Heritage Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on how the Environment and Heritage Service, Northern Ireland has fulfilled its obligations towards The Priory, In...

      European Parliamentary Elections (Northern Ireland) Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the European Parliamentary Elections (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2004 were first made available in the Vote Office.

      Fair Employment (Complaints)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many formal complaints alleging breaches of fair employment and equal opportunity legislation have been made to the Office of Industrial...

      Free Fares for Senior Citizens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have used the Free Fares for Senior Citizens scheme on public transport in Northern Ireland since its...

      Gastroenteritis Outbreak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) admissions, (b) operations and (c) other procedures were postponed at each of the hospitals in the province as a result of the...

      Leggatt Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to bring into effect in Northern Ireland the recommendations of the Leggatt Report in the Review of Tribunals.

      Pensions Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the change in numbers of pension payment order books at post offices in Northern Ireland was between 2002 and 2003.

      Personal Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to withdraw personal protection from (a) members of the judiciary and (b) others in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a...

      Police Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the staff and administrative costs associated with the operation of the Police Fund have been in each year since its introduction, broken...

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what legal obstacles prevent formalised police exchanges between the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Garda Siochana; and if he will...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated cost is of providing a dual carriageway between the Toome by-pass and the City of Londonderry.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated cost is of providing a dual carriageway between the existing dual carriageway on the A26 and Glarryford and Coleraine.

      Timber

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

      TK-ECC Plant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the assistance he can give to workers recently made redundant at the TK-ECC plant, Dundonald; and what meetings...

      UK General Lighthouse Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what discussions he has had with other Government Departments regarding the cessation of payments from the UK General Lighthouse Fund for...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the (a) procedure and (b) timescale for filling the vacant post of Chairman of the Ulster-Scots Agency.

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the reasons given by the Chairman of the Ulster-Scots Agency for his resignation.

      Youth Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what financial assistance was given to the promotion of youth development programmes in Northern Ireland football during 2003.

      Youth Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what further developments have been made in relation to the agreement reached regarding the assistance offered to the Irish Football Association...

      Youth Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to promote youth football in Northern Ireland.

      Youth Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether measures to promote youth football in Northern Ireland are dependent on the implementation of the soccer strategy.

  • Home Department

    • Anti-terrorism Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Bethnal Green and Bow (Ms King) on 8 March 2004, Official Report, columns 1256–57W, on...

    • Anti-terrorism Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 13 January, Official Report, column 669W, on the Terrorism Act 2000, if he will update the figures.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what he estimates the cost to central Government Departments of the medical inspection of immigrant service is in 2003–04.

      Brain Fingerprinting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation he has made of brain fingerprinting technologies that monitor the involuntary electrical waves emitted by the brain.

      Car Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of remote immobiliser technologies on reducing car crime.

      Charitable Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to withdraw charitable status from groups that are raising money in the UK and channelling it to extremist and...

      Clamping Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Security Industry Authority to introduce regulations to control the activities of clamping companies.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate he has made of the number of existing home care staff who will require Criminal Records Bureau checks; (2) how many...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five and (f) more than five registrations with the Criminal Records Bureau.

      Custodial Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women were given a custodial sentence by courts in London in each month since January 2003.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts have been awarded to the company Mitie by his Department since 2000; and what arrangements were put in place for collective...

      Departmental Staffing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of his Department's work force are non-civil servants, separately identifying (a) consultants and contractors, (b) secondees...

      Departmental Staffing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to his Department of contracted professional services was in each of the last five years.

      Drug Rehabilitation Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the waiting times for drug rehabilitation treatment for each drug action team in England were for each year from 1995–96 to...

      Gloucestershire Probation Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the membership of the Gloucestershire Probation Board is; and what the duration of that membership is.

      Interception of Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many warrants have been authorised for the interception of telephone conversations, e-mails and postal mail in each of the last 10 years.

      Offender Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service to appoint the first Regional Offender Manager for the new...

      Offender Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether regional offender managers will be required to (a) locate prisoners and (b) purchase places for prisoners, as close to their homes as...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Stourbridge on 2 March, reference 158991.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were recalled to custody having been released on home detention curfew in each of the last 12 months.

      Policing/Crime Statistics

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

      Policing/Crime Statistics

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

      Policing/Crime Statistics

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

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many life sentence prisoners were (a) in Category C conditions and (b) in open conditions on (i) 31 March and (ii) 31 March in each of...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are expected to be released from custody (a) on home detention curfew, (b) on parole and (c) at the end of their sentence...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of prisoners were assessed for basic literacy and numeracy in 2003–04; and what the rates were for each of...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners aged (a) under 18, (b) 18 to 25, (c) 26 to 35, (d) 36–60 and (e) over 60 years were released to no fixed abode in...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) suicides, (b) attempted suicides and (c) incidents of self-harm by serving prisoners there were in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the prison population has been diagnosed as suffering from dyslexia.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the results of the audit to identify foreign nationals sentenced to a term of imprisonment will be available.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the change in gross pension provision for the (a) National Probation Directorate and (b) National Probation Service (Local Area Boards)...

      Racial Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers preventing racial harassment have been introduced since 1997; and how many times these powers have been used in Birkenhead.

      Racial Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers preventing racial harassment have been introduced since 1997; and how many times these powers have been used in Manchester Gorton.

      Racism Action Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role his Department envisages for the Racial Equality Strategy for Northern Ireland in the creation of a wider UK National Action Plan...

      Roger Sylvester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether public funds will be available to any of the eight police officers for their possible appeal against the inquest verdict that the...

      Serious and Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the annual budget for the Serious and Organised Crime Agency will be; (2) what (a) functions and (b) funds are being transferred...

      Sex Offenders Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) added and (b) registered in total on the Sex Offenders Register in each year since its establishment, broken...

      Solvent Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate the Prison Service has made of the number of serving offenders who have suffered from solvent abuse.

      Solvent Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much police authority funding has been granted to voluntary sector bodies to provide training in solvent abuse among children.

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2004, Official Report, column 328W, on stop and search, how many arrests resulted from the 56 searches...

      Terrorism Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether those detained on 19 and 20 April in Manchester in connection with alleged terrorist activity are (a) linked to Al Muhajiroon and (b)...

      Terrorism Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the (a) nationalities and (b) immigration status were of people arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences in each of the last...

      UK Border Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether EU Directives prevent the UK from establishing UK border controls and customs points in other EU nation states.

      UK Border Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to staff UK customs points outside UK borders.

      UK Border Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has held discussions with his counterparts in other countries (a) in the EU and (b) elsewhere with regard to mutual co-operation...

      Extremist Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he plans to take to combat (a) recruitment and (b) fundraising through extremist and racist websites; and if he will make a...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders were given a custodial sentence by courts in Wales in each month since January 2003.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) young offenders and (b) juveniles were given a custodial sentence by courts in London in each month since January 2003.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Policies (Sustainable Development)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he is taking to deliver sustainable development within Government; (2) what progress has been made on his Department's...

    • Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 of...

      Disabled Workers (Oldham, West and Royton)

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

      EU Social Chapter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the effect of the EU Social Chapter on the residents of Heywood and Middleton.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) paid Star Alliance consultants to advise on the restructure and refocusing of the Health and...

      Incapacity Care Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the incentives to work for those in receipt of incapacity care allowance and seeking part-time work with...

      Incapacity Care Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of recipients of incapacity care allowance who are (a) in employment, (b) of working age but not...

      Incapacity Care Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of incapacity care allowance there were in each of the last five years.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to Question 160679, tabled by the hon. Member for Northavon on 8 March 2004.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what independent evaluation of the Pathways to Work pilot programme has been undertaken.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what role there is for (a) private companies and (b) voluntary organisations in the delivery of Pathways to Work.

      Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if the Government will require solvent employers to make up any shortfall to the full buy-out value of an employer funded pension scheme that...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which categories of contracted out rebates are (a) paid out in the form of reductions in the rate of national insurance contributions payable...

      Recycled Paper

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

      Recycled Paper

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

      Recycled Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Recycled Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Recycled Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what date his Department expects to attain the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many mothers in Wigan have taken up the Sure Start maternity grant.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many mothers in Preston have taken up the Sure Start maternity grant.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many mothers in Manchester, Gorton have made use of the Sure Start maternity grant.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made on improving the (a) efficiency, (b) speed and (c) effectiveness of the Child Adoption Service; and if he will...

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of birth parents who wish to establish contact with children given up for adoption; and how he...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what public funding has been spent on adult (a) literacy and (b) numeracy in Greater London, broken down by local education authority, in...

      Adult Education

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

      Adult Education

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

      Apprenticeships

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

      Apprenticeships

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

      Apprenticeships

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

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to develop education facilities for children with (a) autism and (b) Asperger's syndrome.

      Cafcass

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance he has given to CAFCASS on its response to the court of appeal ruling, Thorpe, Rix and Arden, 24 October...

      Child Care (Wigan)

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

      Computer Learning Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Capital Modernisation Fund computer learning centres have been established in Wigan.

      Education Funding

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

      Education Funding

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

      Education Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been allocated for (a) marketing, (b) consultants, (c) advertising, (d) administration and (e) buildings for (i) the...

      Excellence in Cities

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

      Field Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will estimate the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary pupils who attended at least one (i) field study and (ii) residential...

      Field Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the impact of field study courses on pupil performance.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in further education failed to complete their course in each year since 1997.

      Health Declaration Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the signature requirements for nursery staff for the Ofsted health declaration certificates are; and if he will reimburse staff for the...

      Hospital Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance his Department has produced on the education of children in hospital; and when this guidance was last updated.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total budget of the Learning and Skills Council has been in each year since its establishment; and what it is for 2004–05.

      Looked-After Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many looked-after children there have been in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough in each year since 1994; and what...

      Looked-After Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of children with parents who have learning disabilities were taken into care in each year since 1996 in (a) Greater London...

      Marriage and Relationship Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reasons the funding application to the Marriage and Relationship Support programme by Care for the Family for a National Couple...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new nurseries have been established in Birkenhead since 1997.

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new nurseries have been established in the London borough of Hillingdon since 1997.

      Pathfinder Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects to announce the results obtained in the 14 to 19 Pathfinder areas.

      Post-16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the names of the members of the working party on provision of post-16 education and training; how many times it has met; and...

      Pupil Attainment (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of 11-year-old pupils in London, broken down by local education authority, have reached level 4 in (a)...

      Pupil Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what projects his Department has initiated to improve the behaviour and attendance of pupils in schools; and what the total budget for each...

      Pupils (Continence Problems)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the extent to which continence problems are a factor for exclusion in schools.

      Return-to-work Skills

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

      Rights of Access (Fathers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the legal framework underpinning the rights of access for fathers to children following marital breakdown.

      School Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much public funding has been spent on computers for schools in Oldham, West and Royton in each of the last seven years; (2) how...

      School Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much public funding has been spent on computers for schools in Bootle in each of the last seven years; (2) how much money has...

      School Computers

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

      School Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what procedures are used to (a) collect information on the results of (i) SATs, (ii) GCSEs and (iii) A levels from schools and (b) prepare...

      School Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps have been taken to assess the validity of the methodology for producing school value-added results; and how the results have been...

      Schools (Acts of Worship)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he is taking to ensure that schools meet their obligations in respect of daily acts of worship.

      Teachers TV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what reports he has received on the impact of the Teachers TV pilot; and whether he expects it to go live as planned in August.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will make a statement on the measures the Government are taking to deal with truancy; (2) what the most recent figures are for...

  • International Development

    • HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) whether combating the spread of AIDS in Africa will be a UK priority during its period of chairmanship of the G8 in 2005; (2)...

    • HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what joint activity within the EU is being undertaken to combat AIDS in Africa.

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of predicted fatalities from malaria among (a) key workers, (b)...

      Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) domestic and (b) international representations his Department has received since 2002 concerning opposition to the...

      Microfinance Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money his Department spent on microfinance or microcredit projects (a) in total and (b) by continent in each year since 1997.

      Microfinance Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what discussions his Department has had with (a) the United Nations Development Programme and (b) other UN departments in advance...

      Microfinance Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which 20 non-governmental organisations working in (a) Africa and (b) Asia received the highest amount of grant from his Department for...

      Microfinance Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has undertaken on the effectiveness of (a) microfinance and (b) microcredit programmes in (i) specific...

      Microfinance Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many women and children (a) worldwide and (b) in Africa his Department estimates have been lifted out of poverty as a result of...

      Safe Water Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the (a) names and (b) funding amounts of projects aimed at improving access to safe clean water funded (i) directly,...

      Water and Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what analysis he has made of the implications of the World Bank Report, Global Development Finance 2004 for (a) public and (b) private...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Buildings (Energy Performance) Directive

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made on implementing the EC directive on the energy performance of buildings; and if he will make a statement.

    • Camping Sites (West Sussex)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions she has had on exempting camping sites in West Sussex from revised planning controls.

      Housing

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

      Housing

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

      Mortgage Repossession Orders

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the number of (a) home owners, (b) private tenants and (c) other occupiers who become homeless as a result of mortgage repossession...

      Mortgage Repossession Orders

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the support provided by central and local government to homeowners facing mortgage repossession orders in 2003.

      Mortgage Repossession Orders

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the number of mortgage repossessions carried out in each of the past 10 years.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance his Department issues to ensure that local authorities take account of economic importance in planning decisions.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the value of the contract with Robson Brown for each component of the Your Say campaign.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) cost was in 2003 and (b) projected cost is over the next three years of staffing and infrastructure for each of the eight regional assemblies; and...

      Retained Distribution Centre

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the annual cost of his retained distribution centre was in 2003–04.

      Roadside Advertising

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

      Scottish Power

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what occasions in the last two years Ministers in his Department have had meetings with representatives of Scottish Power.

      Supporting People Overspend

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will identify by local area the impact of the savings expected to be made to meet the requirements of the Supporting People overspend.

      Undeveloped Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish figures for the estimated amount of undeveloped land zoned for industrial use in England.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • 1911 Census

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the contract was signed (a) to digitise and (b) to micro film the returns for the 1911 Decennial Census of...

    • House Repossessions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many house repossessions there have been in each region per quarter since 2002.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Ethiopia (Anuak People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the Government propose to take pursuant to Article 2 of the 2004 Stockholm International Forum Declaration regarding...

    • EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what rights will be afforded to elected regional assemblies and parliaments under the proposed draft EU Constitution.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the countries to which Iraqi oil has been sold, stating the volume in each case; and if he will make a statement.

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the success or otherwise of the demobilisation effort in Liberia; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consult other members of the United Nations Security Council with a view to a resolution under Chapter VII of the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what developments have been made to establish a clear international mechanism to monitor (a) the attack on civilians and (b) the...

  • Health

    • Drug Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the number of clients being managed by each drug service in England; and if he will make a statement.

    • Food Additives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he has taken to encourage the (a) reduction and (b) removal of additives from food.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pregnancies have been terminated at four weeks gestation in the last five years for which statistics are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Agency Nurses (Weston Area)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money was spent by the Weston Area Health NHS Trust on agency nurses in each year since 1997.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of autistic spectrum disorder sufferers of working age who are in full-time employment.

      Blood Transfusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the revised approach to the Better Blood Transfusion Strategy will be published; (2) what progress has been made in implementing the Better...

      Blood Transfusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to identify whether there is a causal connection between the donor and recipient of the blood transfusion where a variant vCJD...

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on promoting breast feeding in 2001–02 and 2002–03.

      Capio Healthcare (Newcastle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) value and (b) target capacity for the independent treatment centre awarded to Capio Healthcare in Newcastle is; what types of treatment it...

      Carcinogen Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the Committee on Carcinogenicity's conclusions were concerning the relative safety for young girls and adult women of exposure to dioxins...

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether it is possible to introduce chlamydia screening for all women aged 16 to 24 years immediately; and what the possible barriers to providing...

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 25 March 2004, Official Report, columns 1065–66W, on chlamydia screening, what the cost of implementing the programme in...

      Competent Authorities (EU Accession States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action the European Commission proposes to take in relation to accession states which are not compliant with their EU obligations, with particular...

      Diagnostic Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking to encourage the use of diagnostic tests in (a) general practitioner surgeries and (b) pharmacies to reduce referrals...

      Elective Admissions (Manchester)

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

      Elective Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has made available on the maximum amount of time that a patient seeking elective surgery should have to wait (a) for an appointment with...

      Erectile Dysfunction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the recorded incidence of erectile dysfunction was, broken down by age group, in the last year for which figures are available.

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Secretary of State has to replace sugar and carbohydrate labelling of food products with the glycaemic index.

      Health Infrastructure Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the health infrastructure developments in England funded through the European Investment Bank in the last five years.

      Health Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the guidance which his Department has given strategic health authorities for reviewing long-term care assessments in the light of the...

      Health Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2004, Official Report, column 703W, on Health Ombudsman's Report (Long-term Care), in which areas of the country...

      Health Services (Birkenhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the effect on residents of Birkenhead of the Health Development Agency.

      Healthy Eating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the fast food industry regarding super size fast food portions and their effect on health.

      Hip Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hip operations in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) Sheffield he calculates could be done for £30,000 on the basis of the costs of such operations...

      Hospitals (Alert Status)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals were on (a) red alert and (b) amber alert status in the last month; and if he will make a statement.

      Immigrant Medical Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what additional and earmarked funds are made available to support the medical inspection of immigrants at (a) Heathrow and (b) other ports in...

      Immigrant Medical Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how port health responsibilities are reflected in the funding formula for primary care trusts; (2) whether primary care trusts hosting ports were...

      Immigrant Medical Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost in 2003–04 to the Hillingdon Primary Care Trust is for (a) employing staff at the Health Control Unit at Heathrow and (b) other added...

      Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned into (a) treatment of brain damage as a whole and (b) treatment of brain damage caused by immunisations.

      Inappropriate Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the doctors struck off by the General Medical Council's Professional Conduct Committee in each of the last 10 years for inappropriate...

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current status is of Inventures; when staff are to be transferred to a new company; and if he will make a statement.

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) if he will place in the Library the conclusions of Pearl Brown's report into the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service; (2) pursuant to his answer of...

      Musculoskeletal Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to include the management of musculoskeletal pain within the terms of the new general practitioner contract; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Property Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost to the Department was of the decision to terminate the sale of surplus NHS properties to Miller/HBOS, including costs borne by the...

      NHS Property Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Miller/HBOS were advised that the deal to sell them the surplus NHS sites would no longer go ahead.

      NHS Property Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the proceeds of the sale of surplus NHS sites to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will be; what they would have been under the aborted sale to...

      NHS Property Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the current owners of each of the surplus NHS sites to be sold to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

      NHS Property Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that the proceeds of the sale of each of the surplus NHS sites should be given to the relevant local primary care trust or...

      NHS Property Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the proceeds of the sale of surplus NHS sites to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will be (a) retained by the Department for use...

      NHS Usage Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of people using the NHS in (a) 2005 and (b) 2010 who will be above retirement age.

      Nursing Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) district nurses, (b) health visitors and (c) midwives there were in each Greater London NHS Trust in each year since 1997, broken down by (i)...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of excess deaths linked to obesity in each of the last five years.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many different anti-obesity drugs are prescribed in the NHS; (2) how many prescriptions for obesity drugs have been issued in each of the last...

      Heart Disease and Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public funding has been spent on (a) heart disease and (b) cancer care in Stalybridge and Hyde in each of the last five years.

      Heart Disease and Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public funding has been spent on (a) heart disease and (b) cancer care in Heywood and Middleton in each of the last five years.

      Radon Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of cases of lung cancer in England caused by radon gas.

      Residence Criteria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the NHS residence criteria are for entitlement to treatment; (2) on what occasions NHS staff are required to ask patients to state their...

      Shared Service Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2004, Official Report, column 268W, on shared service centres, what assessment he has made of whether these services...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in encouraging smoking cessation; and how much was allocated to each health trust for such services in the last year for which...

      Solvent Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned into the extent of solvent abuse by children.

      Solvent Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of deaths of children caused by solvent abuse in each of the last 10 years.

      St. George's Hospital (Morpeth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much land at St. George's Hospital, Morpeth, is to be transferred to English Partnerships for housing development; and what the (a) housing capacity...

      Surgical Site Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many surgical site infections there were in the NHS in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each NHS trust in each year since 1997.

      Surplus Property Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the sale of surplus NHS properties and Inventures to the Miller/Bank of Scotland Partnership.

      Surplus Property Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) transfer value and (b) size by hectare is of each of the surplus NHS properties to be transferred to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister...

      Surplus Property Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what valuations were used in determining the value of surplus NHS sites to be transferred to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and from what date.

      Thimerosal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what vaccines used in the UK contain Thimerosal; (2) when the use of Thimerosal as a preservative in vaccines was discontinued in the UK.

      Treatment Facilities (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many rapid access chest pain clinics there are in Manchester, Gorton.

      Treatment Facilities (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there is a diagnostic and treatment centre in Manchester, Gorton.

      Treatment Facilities (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Manchester Gorton are receiving drug treatment.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2004, Official Report, column 1700W, on tuberculosis, when the review of imported infections and immigration will be...

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of women in Heywood and Middleton with suspected breast cancer saw a specialist within two weeks in each of the last five years.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of women in Warrington South with suspected breast cancer saw a specialist within two weeks in the last year.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes there have been to NHS waiting list times in the last seven years for the residents of Manchester, Gorton.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residents in Manchester, Gorton awaiting heart surgery have had the option of choosing an alternative hospital for quicker treatment in the last...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to record and publish waiting times for both diagnostics and treatment for all types of conditions.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Loan Repayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make the provision of an analysis of a customer's ability to repay a loan an obligation on the lender; and if she will make a...

    • Bankrupt Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department has undertaken into the number of UK businesses that have gone bankrupt as a result of being unable to meet their...

      Banned Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consumer products have been banned from sale in the United Kingdom since 1994, stating in each case (a) the product, (b) the manufacturer...

      Businesses (Sittingbourne and Sheppey)

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

      Businesses (Sittingbourne and Sheppey)

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

      Businesses (Sittingbourne and Sheppey)

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

      Businesses (Sittingbourne and Sheppey)

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

      Christmas Day Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she has taken to ensure that employers allow workers to celebrate Christmas Day with their families.

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will request the Insolvency Service and Small Business Service to carry out a study into the operation of insolvency law and practice...

      Consumer Credit Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what new measures will be introduced by the Office of Fair Trading for improving the fitness checking of consumer credit licence applicants...

      Consumer Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people have (a) died and (b) been injured due to faulty or dangerous consumer goods in each year since 1994, stating the (i) product...

      Employment Rights Advice Booklets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2004, Official Report, columns 962–63W, to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Lynne Jones),...

      Estate Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to regulate estate agents.

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the likely effectiveness of the new competition system in Europe after enlargement.

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how consistency in compliance with new competition rules in Europe will be ensured across the EU after enlargement.

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the new competition system in Europe is doing to protect small businesses in local communities from being forced to close as a result of...

      EU Social Chapter

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

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the UK arms export licences to Indonesia approved in 2004.

      Family Friendly Employment Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of family friendly employment laws in the past 12 months.

      Holiday Misdescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many complaints were made to the Director General of Fair Trading concerning the misdescribing of holidays by tour operators or travel...

      Holiday Misdescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many complaints have been made to the Director General of Fair Trading concerning the conduct of travel agents and travel operators in...

      Holiday Misdescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) complaints have been received, (b) complaints have been investigated and (c) prosecutions have been made under the (i) Package...

      Maternity Leave

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

      Maternity Leave

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

      Miners' Pension Fund

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the Trustees of the Miners' Pension Fund protect (a) the pension and (b) the...

      National Minimum Wage

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

      National Minimum Wage

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

      Night-shift Work

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

      Night-shift Work

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

      Night-shift Work

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

      Paid Leave Entitlement

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

      Paid Leave Entitlement

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

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many men have (a) requested and (b) received paternity leave in connection with the birth or adoption of a child born, matched or...

      Postal Vote

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to introduce measures to ensure that postal vote ballot forms are efficiently despatched and returned to electoral...

      Product Recalls/Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many consumer product recalls there were in each year since 1994, broken down by (a) item, (b) manufacturer or retailer, (c) product...

      Product Recalls/Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on (a) the effectiveness of product recalls and (b) what her Department is doing to increase that effectiveness.

      Product Recalls/Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many companies have been (a) investigated for manufacturing or selling unsafe products and (b) prosecuted since 1994; if she will state...

      Product Recalls/Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on implementation of the General Product Safety Directive.

      Product Recalls/Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on how many occasions since 1994 a manufacturer has appealed against a decision to recall a product; and in each instance if she will state...

      Product Recalls/Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what occasions her Department has (a) given information to other countries regarding a product being recalled in the UK, stating the (i)...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will estimate the cost of maintaining an up-to-date schedule of regulatory impact assessments, with working lists to the relevant documents.

      Small Businesses

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

      Small Businesses

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

      Social Chapter

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

      Social Chapter

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

      Thin Film Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the levy is for thin film technology monitors and televisions imported to the UK; and whether the levy is standardised throughout the EU.

      Working Time Directive

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

      Working Time Directive

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

      Working Time Directive

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

      Working Time Directive

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

  • House of Lords

    • Island of Ireland and British Isles: East/West Links

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to develop east/west links between the island of Ireland and the British Isles following the Belfast agreement of 1998.

    • North/South Ministerial Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the North/South Ministerial Council established under the Belfast Agreement is still operational; who represents Northern Ireland at the various council...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they consider to be the best arrangements for monitoring ceasefires and delivering humanitarian supplies in Darfur, Western Sudan; and how these arrangements...

      United Kingdom: Written Constitution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to bring forward legislation during the life of this Parliament to make provision for a written constitution for the United Kingdom.

      Asylum and Immigration Legal Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the letter of 6 February from the Legal Services Commission to practitioners, enclosing the immigration specification that imposes financial thresholds...

      Election Material: Freepost

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Post Office has the right to censor or refuse to deliver election candidates' freepost leaflets on the basis of their content, and specifically if they...

      Hepatitis C Infection: Ex Gratia Payments Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimates they have made of the cost of the ex gratia payments scheme for hepatitis C infection from contaminated National Health Service blood products on...

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Independent Regulator

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Warner on 19 April ( WA 10–11), whether the Independent Regulator of National Health Service Foundation Trusts has...

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Independent Regulator

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the consequences of the failure of the Independent Regulator of National Health Service Foundation Trusts to issue a prudential borrowing code under...

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Independent Regulator

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they were consulted by the Independent Regulator of National Health Service Foundation Trusts about the fact that he did not intend to issue a prudential...

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Independent Regulator

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What powers they have to ensure that the Independent Regulator of National Health Service Foundation Trusts acts in accordance with his statutory obligations.

      Overseas Dentists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 9 March (WA 159) how many overseas dentists were registered last year to practise dentistry in England and...

      Civil Service Appointments: Political Interference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the route of appeal against political interference in Civil Service appointments.

      Focus Groups: Government Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they have spent on focus groups in each of the years 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02 and 2002–03.

      Ministers and Officials: Cost of Overseas Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 19 April (WA 20), what is the annual total cost of all Ministers' and civil servants' overseas...

      United Kingdom-Libya Air Services Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the United Kingdom-Libya bilateral air services agreement, as presently in force.

      Devolved Administrations: Ombudsman Procedure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is an ombudsman procedure for disputes over the conduct of Ministers in the devolved administration; and if so, what steps are taken to publicise the...

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