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Written answers

Thursday, 6 May 2004

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal and Plant Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many outbreaks of each notifiable (a) animal and (b) plant disease there have been in each of the last 10 years.

    • Animal Fodder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 19 April 2004, Official Report, column 129W, on animal fodder, if she will list the developing...

      Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of small, domestic-type batteries were recycled in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.

      Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage those using disposable batteries to switch to rechargeable ones.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research is being undertaken by or on behalf of her Department on bovine TB.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will respond to the Godfrey Report on the Government's tuberculosis strategy.

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when it is proposed that the over-30-month scheme for beef will end; and if she will make a statement.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she (a) has in place and (b) is proposing further to reduce UK emissions of carbon dioxide between 2002 and 2010.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes she has made to the carbon dioxide reduction target relative to 1990 levels within the National Allocation Plan...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assumptions have been made in respect of potential extra cuts in carbon emissions beyond those already anticipated in a...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what weight was given to (a) the desired environmental outcome and (b) expected energy trends in determining the carbon...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the 20 per cent. cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 2010 she expects to be achieved through reductions in...

      Crop Spraying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the progress is of her Department's consultation on proposed crop spray buffer zones.

      Disposable Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has commissioned on the potential impact on household waste volumes of introducing charges based...

      Disposable Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what waste reduction targets have been set for the UK by European directives and regulations; what penalties could be...

      Disposable Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has received a copy of the recent report from the Women's Environmental Network on the environmental...

      Disposable Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to develop co-ordinated strategies with officials from the Department of Health and the national health...

      Disposable Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when officials of her Department last met representatives of the Nappy Alliance to discuss disposable nappies; what action...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money was spent on grants to aid energy efficiency in (a) Lancashire, (b) Chorley and (c) the North West in each of...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason she has not met the commitment given in paragraph 3.49 of the Energy White Paper of February 2003 to publish...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what studies she has undertaken on the numbers of new jobs which implementing in full the energy efficiency targets contained...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in Wirral, South have benefited from the Warm Front and Home Energy Efficiency schemes.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department is undertaking to reduce the level of domestic energy consumption in the United Kingdom.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in Wigan have benefited from the home energy efficiency scheme, Warm Front.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in Preston have benefited from the home energy efficiency scheme, Warm Front.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in Heywood and Middleton have benefited from the home energy efficiency scheme, Warm Front.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in Warrington South have benefited from the Home Energy Efficiency and Warm Front Schemes.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in Stalybridge and Hyde have benefited from the Home Energy Efficiency and Warm Front Schemes.

      Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the contribution the Are you doing your bit campaign has made to the Government's efforts to...

      Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much Government funding was available in each of the past three years to the (a) Energy Saving Trust and (b) Going for...

      Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the decision not to renew the Government's Are you doing your bit campaign; and what...

      Farming

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

      Farming

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

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the average (a) severely disadvantaged area (SDA) and (b) non-SDA payment will be in Cumbria in each year from 2005...

      Fertilisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2004 reference 166842, what assessment she has made of the alternative fertilisers used in...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her written statement of 20 April 2004, Official Report, columns 7–8WS, on flood defences, what options she...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to meet hon. Members representing areas where properties or agricultural land are or might become at risk...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the progress of the Government's commitment to end fuel poverty by 2010.

      Global Warming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evaluation she has made of experiments to use oceans to absorb more carbon dioxide by spraying them with iron filings...

      Local Authority Smallholdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Department has to propose amendments to the law with regard to the reference by a county council of its...

      National Allocation Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to what extent the requirements of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive with regard to energy efficiency...

      Orchards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the number of (a) animal and (b) plant species that will be affected by the loss of...

      Quality Parish Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which (a) parish and (b) town councils have achieved the status of Quality Parish Councils, in the last year broken down by area.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to make a statement on the effectiveness of the Pesticides Voluntary Initiative.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulation of sprayers her Department undertakes under the Pesticides Voluntary Initiative.

      Pharmaceutical Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many licences for the planting of pharmaceutical crops have been applied for in the United Kingdom in each of the...

      Public Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 10 March 2004, Official Report, column 1538W, what assessment her Department has made of the...

      Raptors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation she has with (a) farmers and (b) landowners prior to the release of raptors on their land.

      Refrigerator Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of decommissioning work on refrigerators is being carried out in the UK; and which counties are carrying out...

      Sea Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on her policy for maintaining sea defences in the Blackwater and Crouch estuaries; (2)...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason she did not make her announcement of 21 April 2004 on sustainable development by means of a oral statement to...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had recently with the industries concerned in the implications of the introduction of the (a) Waste...

      Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which water companies have been found to have been providing water not fit for human consumption in each year since 1997; and...

      Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what checks are made to ensure that the water companies provide water that is fit for human consumption; and how often they...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Big Ben

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission on which dates Big Ben has (a) shown an incorrect time and (b) failed to sound since 1 May 1994.

    • Official Report

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make arrangements to permit hon. Members to proof read the Hansard report of their...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Iraq

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether she discussed with other ministerial colleagues a draft of the Attorney General's legal opinion on the legality of military action against Iraq prior to his...

    • Unexplained Infant Deaths

      To ask the Solicitor General what steps the Government has taken since the statement on 20 January, Official Report, column 1215, on unexplained infant deaths, to (a) identify civil cases and (b)...

  • Leader of the House

    • Sub Judice Rule

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will bring forward proposals for amendment of the House's resolution on matters sub judice to permit parliamentary questions and early day motions to be...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Free Television Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of how many eligible senior citizens over the age of 75 in Northern Ireland did not avail themselves of the...

    • Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the production of her Department's latest annual report cost; how many copies were printed; how many copies of it were sold at...

      Libraries (Oldham, West and Royton)

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

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) Ordinary Written and (b) Named Day Questions her Department received in (i) 2002–03 and (ii) this parliamentary...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of (a) Ordinary Written Questions to her Department were answered within five sitting days of tabling and (b) Questions...

      Sporting Contacts (Ban)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2004, Official Report, column 876W, on sporting contacts (ban), whether, on 28 October 1997,...

      Tourism

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

  • Transport

    • A13

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to (a) improve and (b) fund improvements to the A13 Sadlers Farm Junction in Benfleet, Essex.

    • Explosives (Detection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by his Department and its predecessors on research into new methods of detecting explosives on board ships before they dock in...

      Foreign Registered Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of foreign registered (a) cars and (b) other vehicles in the UK on (i) permanent and (ii) temporary import; and...

      Foreign Registered Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures are taken to ensure that vehicles on temporary import are unable to exceed their maximum stay period; and what measures are taken against...

      Potters Bar Accident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on recent developments in the inquiries into the Potters Bar railway accident.

      Rail Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rail projects have been cancelled as being without a sound business case; and how many have been re-scoped since publication of the Strategic...

      Road Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on research into quieter road surfaces in each of the last 10 years.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) pedestrians, (b) cyclists, (c) drivers and (d) car occupants have been (i) injured and (ii) killed in each of the last six years for which...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) percentage and (b) number of reported motorway traffic incidents involved a heavy goods vehicle with left hand drive in each of the last three...

      Sea Stores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's responsibility is for the Sea Stores building at Yate, South Gloucestershire; for what purpose the building is used; and if he...

      Transport Energy Best Practice Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on advertising the activities of the Transport Energy Best Practice programme, broken down by (a) year and (b) activity.

      Transport Statistics (Oldham, West and Royton)

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

      Transport Statistics (Oldham, West and Royton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rural bus services in Oldham, West and Royton are supported by rural bus grants.

      Transport Statistics (Oldham, West and Royton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of priority bus lanes have been created in Oldham, West and Royton since 1997.

      Transport Statistics (Oldham, West and Royton)

      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 Oldham, West and Royton.

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the availability of energy efficient tyres and the number (a) produced at present and (b) likely to be produced in the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Council Housing (South Ribble)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on how the change in the level of council funding for housing has affected the residents of South Ribble since 1997.

    • Council Tax (Greater London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the percentage council tax change, including all precepts, has been in Greater London, broken down by borough, in each of the last five years.

      Council Tax (Greater London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the level of council tax receipts collected by local authorities was in Greater London, irrespective of the financial year to which they relate, broken down...

      Council Tax (Greater London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of council tax was collected within Greater London, broken down by borough, in each year since 1997; and what the total cost of administering...

      Departmental Expenditure (Entertainment)

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

      Elected Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will give the (a) total and (b) individual costs of the public hearings on elected regional assemblies held in (i) Sheffield, (ii) Newcastle, (iii) Hull,...

      Energy Efficiency Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent on grants to aid energy efficiency in each year since 1997.

      Houses in Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the percentage of houses in multiple occupation in England and Wales which will fall within the scope of the mandatory licensing...

      Local Authority Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much central funding was provided to local authorities in the (a) North West, (b) North East and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber regions in 2002–03.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether there is a time period after which a temporary structure is deemed to be permanent in respect of (a) planning legislation and (b) commencement of...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the planning inspectorate has spent on external consultants, not including consultant inspectors, since 2002.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what mechanisms are in place to assess the effectiveness of the contribution made by external consultants, not including consultant inspectors, to the planning...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many copies of (a) Your Say: A New Opportunity for the North East, (b) "Your Say: a New Opportunity for the North West", (c) "Your Say: A New Opportunity for...

      Scottish Power

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he last met representatives of Scottish Power Plc; who was present; and what was on the agenda for discussion.

      Starter Homes Initiative (South Ribble)

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

      Sustainable Communities Plan (Milton Keynes/South Midlands)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what studies he has commissioned in connection with the Milton Keynes/South Midlands sustainable communities plan concerning (a) impacts on (i) stocks of...

  • Home Department

    • Community Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of (a) the impact of changes in the cost of public liability insurance on community events and (b) the...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government take to tackle intimidation of workers and firms providing services to companies and universities carrying out...

      Animal Rights Activists

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to limit the activities of animal rights activists.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons have been subject to antisocial behaviour orders in Wandsworth since 1 January 2002; and how many breaches of anti-social...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 on female asylum seekers; and...

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted in each of the last 10 years for causing the death of a child whilst driving.

      Drugs (Stalybridge and Hyde)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in Stalybridge and Hyde are receiving drug treatment; and what public funds were spent on tackling drugs misuse in...

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in each of the last 12 months police vehicles on emergency calls have contravened speed cameras, broken down by police...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether district judges are monitored to ensure that they ascertain whether individuals who consent to extradition have had access to legal...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the (a) 1989 and (b) 1965 Extradition Acts have been repealed.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether countries which allow the death penalty as a form of punishment are prohibited from designation for the purposes of part 1 of the...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what penalty he proposes will apply to an individual who discloses information from the National Identity Register.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what penalties will be applicable to hackers attempting to access the National Identity Register.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will have access to the information recorded on the National Identity Register; and under what circumstances.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what use will be made of data-sharing powers in background checks of applicants for identity cards.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information will be required to be provided by an applicant for an identity card.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what grounds it will be permitted for members of the public to be stopped and asked to produce their identity card; and what safeguards...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the exceptional circumstances will be under which disclosure of information from the National Identity Register is allowed without an...

      Madrid Bombing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has received requests from (a) Spain and (b) Morocco for the extradition of persons in connection with the Madrid train bombing;...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last met the Lord Chief Justice.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information that pertains to public services for which the devolved administrations have responsibility he plans will be held by the...

      Ncis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget of the National Criminal Intelligence Service was in each of the last five years.

      Policing/Crime Statistics

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

      Policing/Crime Statistics

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

      Policing/Crime Statistics

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

      Policing/Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were employed in Wigan in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.

      Policing/Crime Statistics

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

      Policing/Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community safety officers are allocated by Greater Manchester Police to Wigan 'L' Division.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how value for money will be shown to have been achieved if in-house bids for the running of existing establishments are not permitted under...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost was to the Prison Service for each prison constructed under the Private Finance Initiative in each year of operation.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the construction costs were for each prison built under the Private Finance Initiative.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the saving that has been made by the Prison Service through building prisons through the Private Finance...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the most recent assessment was made of the cost of a privately built, publicly run prison; what the outcome was; and if he will make a...

      Public Sector Workers (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information his Department collects on assaults on public sector workers during the course of their work.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been brought against people speaking on a mobile phone whilst driving.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Serious Organised Crime Agency will include in its remit the activities of animal rights activists; and if he will make a statement.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to make the results of the recent consultation questionnaire regarding the level of preparedness of each council known to...

      Traffic Police (Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many traffic police there are in Sussex Police.

      UK/US Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress with implementation of the UK-US Extradition Treaty set up in March 2003.

  • International Development

    • Bilateral Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the top 20 countries in receipt of bi-lateral aid from his Department, and the amount of aid given to each, in (a)...

    • HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department funds to combat the spread of AIDS in Africa; how much expenditure is committed to each project; and what...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to increase expenditure levels for projects in Africa to combat the spread of AIDS over the next three years.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) when the Department will report progress on its targets (a) to reduce maternal mortality and (b) to tackle HIV/AIDS in Asia; (2)...

      International Plan of Action on Ageing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action his Department (a) has taken and (b) intends to take in relation to the findings of the International Plan of Action on...

      Primary Schools (Developing Countries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the projects being funded by his Department which will lead to more primary school places being made available in...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which consultants are retained by his Department to provide the Government of Uganda with advice on delivery of public services; what...

      Water Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance he is giving to projects which improve access to clean water in the developing world.

  • Defence

    • Army Air Corps (Medical Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the standard of medical care available to personnel serving at Army Air Corps stations.

    • Crash Investigation (Norway)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the assistance being provided by the Royal Air Force and his Department to the inquiry into allegations that a Royal Air...

      Defence Bills Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2004, Official Report, column 46W, on Defence Bills Agency, how many of the bills processed by the Defence Bills...

      Defence Housing (Rubbish Disposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the standard of the household rubbish collections services at defence housing associated with (a) RAF Leeming, (b) RAF...

      Defence Medical Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the civilian medical practitioners based at (a) RAF Leeming, (b) RAF Linton on Ouse, (c) AAC Dishforth and (d) Alanbrooke Barracks are stationed...

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision his Department makes for access to private medical treatment or diagnosis for personnel who are unduly affected by delays in receiving...

      Defence Scientific and Technology Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the operations and financial transactions of the Defence Scientific and Technology Laboratory will be related to the Ministry of Defence's Top Level...

      Equipment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the forecast cost was on 31 March 2000 for the Extended Range Ordnance/Modular Charge System.

      HMS Trafalgar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of allegations by crew members that major defects in HMS Trafalgar remain to be rectified.

      HMS Trafalgar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether HMS Trafalgar is seaworthy; and if he will make a statement.

      HMS Trafalgar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the safety concerns of the crew members who left HMS Trafalgar.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what payments his Department has made to private military companies working in Iraq.

      Nuclear Installations (Aircraft Incidents)

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

      Nuclear Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what monitoring programmes are in place to assess the health of present and former Royal Naval and MoD contracted personnel who have worked on nuclear...

      Nuclear Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimates have recently been made of the safety of levels of radiation regarded as acceptable when early generations of nuclear submarines...

      RAF Medical Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the standard of medical care available to aircrew manning Quick Reaction Alert aircraft at (a) RAF Leeming, (b) RAF...

      RAF Benson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what representations he has received from members of the local community with regard to the future of RAF Benson; (2) what assessment he has made...

      Royal Navy (Job Titles)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the title of engineering artificer is to be replaced by that of engineering technician in the Royal Navy; what consultations were...

      Trident Nuclear Warhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) life of the current design of the Trident missile and (b) maximum life of the Trident missile system is; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Arts Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money was allocated by (a) the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, (b) the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, (c) the Ultach Trust...

    • Bank Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he is taking to bring about the reduction of charges to customers by banks operating in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a...

      Bank Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether all bank charges in Northern Ireland meet the code and ethics laid down by the UK banking industry; what steps the Government can take...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his estimate is of the extent of benefit fraud in Northern Ireland; and what measures are in place to deal with it.

      Childhood Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to ensure that (a) the new regional cancer unit at the Belfast City Hospital and (b) local research prioritise childhood...

      Hotel Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much capital grant has been paid by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board for the provision of upgrading hotel accommodation in each of the...

      Housing Executive (Rent Levels)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the annual changes in Northern Ireland housing executive rents were over the last six years.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many motorists have been prosecuted since the introduction of the legislation on the use of mobile phones in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Police Board (Fair Employment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many formal complaints alleging breaches of fair employment and equal opportunity legislation by the Northern Ireland Policing Board have...

      Northern Ireland Police Board (Fair Employment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of (a) the adequacy of the Northern Ireland Policing Board's equal opportunities policy and (b) the supply of...

      Planning Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will reverse the practice of planning authorities in Northern Ireland of presuming in favour of development.

      Public Administration Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made with the Review of Public Administration; when interim proposals will be published; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Administration Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost incurred by the Review of Public Administration has been since the beginning of financial year 2001–02.

      Respiratory Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to assist those people in Northern Ireland who suffer from respiratory illnesses and as a result of their condition...

      Social Economy (Public Bodies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland where the first meeting of the Social Economy Forum in June 2003 was held; and how many attended, and what the cost of the meeting was.

      Social Economy (Public Bodies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05 budget at the disposal of the (i) Social Economy Forum and (ii) Social Economy Agency is.

      Social Economy (Public Bodies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff are employed in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment's inter-departmental steering group on the social economy.

  • Prime Minister

    • Middle East

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the recent open letter on Government policies on Iraq and the Israel/Palestine situation, signed by former British diplomats; and whether...

    • Immigration

      To ask the Prime Minister what steps he proposes to take to bring the immigration procedures and rules up to date.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his statement of 19 April 2004, Official Report, columns 21–3, on Iraq and the Middle East Peace Process, (1) whether he raised in Washington the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his statement of 19 April 2004, Official Report, columns 21–3, on Iraq and the Middle East Peace Process, what proposals were agreed with President...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his statement of 19 April 2004, Official Report, columns 21–3, on Iraq and the Middle East Peace Process, (1) what arrangements are being made to...

  • Minister for Women

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women what steps are being taken to erode the differential between male and female earnings.

    • Employment

      To ask the Minister for Women what change there has been in the number of women in employment since 1997.

      Rape (Rwanda)

      To ask the Minister for Women what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for International Development regarding rape survivors in Rwanda.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Minister for Women what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health regarding teenage pregnancy.

      Maternity Leave (Dismissals)

      To ask the Minister for Women to how many companies she has made representations over the dismissal of women on return from maternity leave.

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Minister for Women how she intends to respond to the Fawcett Society's Commission on Women and the Criminal Justice System.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Consumer Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on responses received from businesses consulted on recommendations contained within the White Paper on reforming...

    • Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in pursuing the recommendations of the Aerospace Innovation and Growth Team report.

      EU (New Members)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on trade with the 10 new member states of the EU.

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will arrange for a compensation scheme for ex-National Coal Board workers employed as cokemen and surface workers who contracted...

      Science Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the cost effectiveness of the Department's programme of financing science research.

      Call Centres (Employment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of future employment prospects in the UK call centre industry.

      Call Centres (Employment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of future employment prospects in the UK call centre industry, with particular reference to Leeds.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what further action she will take to close the pay gap between women and men in the south-east.

      BNFL Strategy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list in respect of the BNFL strategy review, to which reference is made at paragraph 15.27, page 126 of her Department's Annual...

      Disconnections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets on expanding the moratoria on disconnections for vulnerable groups...

      Energy Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the delivery of secure energy supply over the winter.

      Fluorspar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the economic importance of a domestic marketable source of the vein mineral fluorspar; and what assessment she...

      Free Parcel Postage (British Forces)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the future provision of free parcel postage to British Forces Post Offices in regions of combat and theatres...

      Internet Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated cost of internet fraud has been to United Kingdom (a) consumers and (b) businesses in each of the last five years.

      Postal Votes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans the Royal Mail has to ensure (a) prompt delivery to electors and (b) the prompt return to the returning officer after posting by...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Royal Mail's single delivery project.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of (a) the effect of size-based pricing on mail order companies and (b) the accuracy of Royal Mail's...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has made to other Government Departments regarding obstruction to shipping lanes from wind farms.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what evidence she has examined on low frequency noise emitted by wind turbines.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2004, Official Report, column 965W, on Brazil, whether inspectors were denied access by...

    • Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the production of his Department's latest annual report cost; how many copies were printed; how many copies of it were...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Eritrea about the persecution and imprisonment of Eritrean Christians; and...

      EU General Affairs and External Relations Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the General Affairs and External Relations Council held on 26 and 27 April; what the Government's stance...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 26 April 2004, Official Report, column 774W, on Iraq, what form the second intelligence source...

      Iraq

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

      Maghreb

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the countries of the Maghreb about assistance with the development of financial and...

      Maghreb

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to take forward the Euromed process in the context of (a) the G8 summit in June, (b) the US-EU...

      Maghreb

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to increase engagement with non-EU Mediterranean countries in the context of the Barcelona...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the relationship between the EU EuroMed process and the US Greater Middle East Initiative.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many (a) ordinary written and (b) named day questions his Department received in (i) the 2002–03 and (ii) this...

      Visa Application Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to establish a visa application centre in Goa, India.

      Visa Application Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visa application centres outsourced operations assisting British High Commissions.

      Visa Application Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost is of operating visa application centres.

      Visa Application Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last visited a visa application centre.

  • Treasury

    • Efficiency Gains

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in implementing 2.5 per cent. per year efficiency gains since the 2004 Budget Statement.

    • Employment (Oldham, West and Royton)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the levels of long-term (a) adult and (b) youth employment in Oldham, West and Royton in the last seven years.

      Employment (Oldham, West and Royton)

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

      Government Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of which significant economic factors have had an effect on the level of Government revenue over the last seven years.

      National Insurance Contributions/Numbers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effect on revenue from employee national insurance contributions (NICs) if the rate of NICs for employees who are not contracted out...

      National Insurance Contributions/Numbers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what checks are made on the national insurance numbers used by employment agencies and gangmasters; what action is taken if a non-valid national insurance...

      Tax Credits

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

      Tax Credits

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

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent agreements he has reached with regard to the creation of an international tax avoidance prevention task force; and what contribution he proposes...

      Tax Rates

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

      Tax Rates

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

      Tax Rates

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

      Unemployment (Huntingdon)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment was in the Huntingdon constituency in each year since 1997.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Recycled Paper

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office by what date his Department expects to implement in full the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure...

    • Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which of the regulatory impact assessments used in the Burdens Barometer 2004 published by the British chambers of commerce relate to legislation...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • CPS Guidance

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance on which matters to prosecute his Department and its predecessor have given to the Crown Prosecution...

    • Juries

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the consultation paper on jury research and investigations into juror impropriety has been published.

      Operation Payback

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the implementation of Operation Payback on the Wirral;

      Queen's Counsel

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions he has had with the legal professions concerning the future of the QC system.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much money was received by central Government funds in 2003 in Northern Ireland in fines paid by motorists who were...

      Trials (Merseyside)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps he is taking to reduce the percentage of ineffective trials in Merseyside.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children aged (a) under two and (b) over two years were adopted in each of the last five years.

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adoption placements broke down in each of the last five years.

      African Educational Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assistance his Department gives to English schools to work with schools in Africa.

      Apprenticeships

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

      Boarding Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many boarding schools the National Care Standards Commission has inspected; how many were identified as having a significant defect; and...

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress he is making with his Building Schools for the Future programme.

      Child Care Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with providers of subsidies for child care places; and which three sources provided the highest subsidy for...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what restrictions there are on convicted child abusers working (a) as private tutors and (b) in private schools.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people with learning disabilities have used the Connexions Service, broken down by region, in each of the last three years;...

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received concerning the effect on private contractors of his Department's encouragement of Connexions...

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many contracts between the Connexions Service and private contractors have been terminated in the last year; and if he will make a statement.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many subcontracting Connexions Partnerships have a local authority as the lead body for the receipt of grant.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many private sector contractors have been used by the Connexions Service in each year since its establishment.

      Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to identify cases of dyslexia at the earliest opportunity; and if he will make a statement.

      Early Years Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps have been taken to deliver Early Years education in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Education (Heywood and Middleton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many and what percentage of pupils in Heywood and Middleton reached the (a) mathematics and (b) English standard in each of the...

      Education (Heywood and Middleton)

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

      Education (Stalybridge and Hyde)

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

      Education (Stalybridge and Hyde)

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

      Education (Oldham, West and Royton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much funding each school in Oldham, West and Royton has received from the New Deal for Schools; (2) how much public funding has...

      Education (Huntingdon)

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

      Education (Huntingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in schools in the Huntingdon constituency on the latest date for which figures are available; and what...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of young people who will continue in education as a result of the education maintenance...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) in which education authority areas pupils are able to benefit from the education maintenance allowance; and how many qualify in each;...

      English/Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of 11-year-old pupils in Burnley reached level four in (a) mathematics and (b) English in each of the last...

      English/Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of 11-year-old pupils in Preston reached level four in (a) mathematics and (b) English in each of the last...

      Field Trips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of field trips available to (a) GCSE science and (b) A-level biology...

      Further Education (Level 2)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to expand the number of places available on level two courses in further education colleges.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many admissions to the higher education sector there have been of students from (a) overseas, (b) the Gulf States and (c) the United...

      Higher Education

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

      Industry Interchange

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage a greater interchange of staff between education and industry; and what discussions he has had (a) with...

      Information and Communication Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 27 April 2004, Official Report, column 975W, on information and communication technologies, if he will place in...

      Key Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reasons further education lecturers are not permitted to apply for higher equity loans under the Key Worker Living housing...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the transfer of the learning and skills councils to the proposed regional assemblies.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on achievement levels of (a) young people and (b) adults in relation to basic skills in the North London...

      Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many local education authorities have provided parent partnership services for families of children with special educational needs; what...

      Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have increased accessibility to children with learning disabilities through the School Access Initiative; what funding will...

      Medical Courses/Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places were available for (a) UK nationals and (b) fee paying students from overseas to study medicine in each of the last five...

      Medical Courses/Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations he has received on access to medical degree courses.

      Medical Courses/Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the intake into medical schools was in (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

      Medical Courses/Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications were made in the last academic year by students wishing to train as a medical practitioner from (a) the UK, (b) other...

      Medical Courses/Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the universities, colleges and medical schools which provide places for the training of medical practitioners.

      Medical Courses/Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places for the training of medical practitioners at each university, college and medical school were available in 1997; and how...

      Medical Courses/Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students who entered medical training in the current academic year were from (a) the UK, (b) other countries in the European Union...

      Medical Courses/Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new undergraduates were admitted to each medical school in 2003–04.

      Medical Courses/Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students (a) entered and (b) graduated from medical schools in England in each year since 1997; and how many graduates from medical...

      Medical Courses/Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average cost is of the education of a medical student up to registration with the General Medical Council; and what the expected...

      Modern Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills to which universities he was referring in his statement to the House on 8 January when he made reference to modern universities which have...

      National Childcare Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will make a statement on the number of children in Oldham, West and Royton who have gained from the National Childcare Strategy;...

      New Deal for Schools

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

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement about the number of overseas students attending UK universities following the recent report published by the...

      Positive Activities for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement about the Positive Activities for Young People Initiative.

      Pre-school Education (Wigan)

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

      Psychology Postgraduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many education psychology training places have been available for postgraduate study in each year since 1997.

      Quality Protects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the original target number was for families to be included in the Quality Protects Programme; how many families have been included in...

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much school funding (a) in 2003–04 was and (b) is planned for 2004–05 will be provided from (i) central Government and...

      School Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school nurses were employed in (a) 2003, (b) 2002, (c) 2001, (d) 2000, (e) 1999, (f) 1998 and (g) 1997.

      Sex Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of whether there is a correlation between teenage sex education (a) advice programmes and (b) clinics and the...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average age for identification of special needs has been in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) local education authority and...

      Specialist Speech and Language Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment has been made of the need for children with severe speech difficulties to have access to specialist speech and...

      Staff Disciplinary Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he has reviewed the handling of serious staff disciplinary cases in colleges following the publication and distribution of the Newby...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate for each English university the net benefit from tuition fees if (a) the maximum fee is charged to all students, (b) the...

      Sure Start/Early Excellence Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) Sure Start centres and (b) early excellence centres have been created in Birkenhead.

      Sure Start/Early Excellence Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many (a) Sure Start centres and (b) Early Excellence centres have been created in Bootle; (2) how many new nurseries have been...

      Sure Start/Early Excellence Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many (a) Sure Start centres and (b) Early Excellence centres have been created in Burnley; (2) how many new nurseries have been...

      Sure Start/Early Excellence Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many (a) Sure Start Centres and (b) Early Excellence Centres have been created in Preston; (2) how many new nurseries have been...

      Teacher Recruitment/Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on progress with the recruitment of teachers; and how many new teachers have been appointed as a direct result...

      Teacher Recruitment/Vacancies

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

      Teacher Recruitment/Vacancies

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

      Unexplained Infant Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many civil cases relating to unexplained infant deaths have been reviewed since the statement on 20 January 2004, Official Report,...

      University Fees (EU Enlargement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the cost to United Kingdom universities of the changed fee obligations of students from the accession...

      University Science Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will list in the last five years, universities which have closed science departments, broken down by subject; and if he will...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of occupational asthma there were in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) England in each of the last five years.

    • Chemical Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time was for the Health and Safety Executive to produce reports on leaks at chemical sites in 2003; and if he will...

      Chemical Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many gas leak incidents have occurred at chemical plants in the UK in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Support Agency (Solihull)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will cause enquiries to be made into the conduct of the Child Support Agency case of Mary Ahern of Haslucks Croft, Shirley in the...

      Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether those registering a civil partnership will be entitled to the same pension rights as married couples; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the membership organisations of the Job Centre Plus Provider Liasion Group.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the duties and responsibilities of Jobcentre Plus personal advisors are; (2) what the set-up costs of Jobcentre Plus have been; (3)...

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what degree of flexibility he will give jobcentres over their budgets (a) to improve local skills and (b) to target jobless blackspots.

      New Deal for Lone Parents

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

      New Deal for Lone Parents

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

      New Deal for Lone Parents

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

      New Deal for Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents have (a) gained work and (b) entered training or education through the New Deal for Lone Parents in Battersea.

      Part-time Employees' Pension Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Government intends to lay regulations before the House amending the Pensions Act 1995 and the Occupational Pension Schemes (Equal...

      Pension Entitlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government are taking to calculate the cost of compensating those people who have already lost some or all of their pension...

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost, net of savings in means-tested benefits and additional tax revenues, of paying a full basic state pension to each...

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) divorced and (b) widowed people who have made a claim for state retirement pension have yet to receive it; and how long they have...

      StepUP Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to extend the StepUP programme.

      Sure Start Maternity Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many mothers in Burnley have taken up the Sure Start maternity grant; (2) how many mothers in Burnley have received the Sure Start...

      Toilet Soaps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to amend the current Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations and Biocidal Products Regulations for toilet soaps.

      Winter Fuel Allowance

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

      Winter Fuel Allowance

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

  • Health

    • Drug Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of addicts in the UK using (a) class A drugs and (b) heroin in each of the last five years for which figures are...

    • Drug Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people from Liverpool, Walton are receiving drug treatment.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were seen at Warrington hospital accident and emergency in each of the last five years.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost is of the new accident and emergency unit at Warrington hospital; and what facilities it will provide.

      Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to place health warning labels on alcoholic products; and if he will make a statement.

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he uses the estimates of the extent of allergies in the June 2003 report by the Royal College of Physicians, "Allergy: the Unmet Need", as a...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what strategies the Department plans to put in place to deal with an increased incidence of asthma.

      Breast Screening Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of breast screening sites are providing screening for women aged 65–70 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Coalition for Cancer Information was established; what its budget is; what its remit is; what its membership is; how often it has met; and if he...

      Chest Pain Clinics

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

      Chest Pain Clinics

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

      Cystic Fibrosis Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 17 March 2004, Official Report, column 386W, on cystic fibrosis screening, if he will make a statement on the conclusions of the...

      Dentistry

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

      Departmental Expenditure (Entertainment)

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

      Direct Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the original target was for the extension of direct payments; to how many people direct payments have been extended; and if he will make a statement.

      Drug Treatment (Burnley)

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

      Employment-Health Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned into the link between employment and a person's health; and if he will make a statement.

      Erectile Dysfunction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he issues to general practitioners on what constitutes severe distress for the purposes of the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

      Eye Tests

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

      Eye Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many residents in Manchester, Gorton aged over 60 years have benefited from the abolition of charges for eye tests; (2) how many senior...

      Eye Tests

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

      GM Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions have been held by officials of the Food Standards Agency with, and what representations have been received by the Agency from, (a)...

      Heart Disease

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

      Health Expenditure

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

      Health Expenditure

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

      Health Service Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of publications in 2003 by (a) his Department, (b) primary care trusts and (c) hospital trusts.

      Health Services (Bootle)

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

      Health Services (Bootle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions the Accident and Emergency Department of University Hospital, Aintree exceeded a four-hour wait for treatment between February 2002...

      Health Services (Bootle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital beds were available in Liverpool for each year between 1997 and 2003.

      Heart Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residents in Heywood and Middleton awaiting heart surgery have had the option of choosing an alternative hospital for quicker treatment in the...

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on funding for hospices in the NHS.

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many prosecutions have been brought since 1991 for breach of the prohibition in section 3 (4) of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of trials using pigs' whip worm eggs to treat inflammatory bowel disease.

      Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with learning disabilities are inappropriately accommodated in long-stay hospitals; when he expects to be able to provide more appropriate...

      Liquid-based Cytology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been allocated for liquid-based cytology in 2004–05; (2) what assessment he has made of the use made of the £1.2 million...

      Lupus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to raise awareness of the particular problems of patients and carers suffering from lupus.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been provided to improve child and adolescent mental health services over the last three years; what the planned spending on these...

      Mobile MRI Scan Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the ability of mobile MRI scan units to share data with the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2004, Official Report, column 427W, on MRSA, whether the Commission for Social Care Inspection will collect and publish...

      National Information Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have used the National Information Centre in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement; (2) how much the...

      National Service Framework for Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what age-related policies have been reported by local health authorities in response to the National Service Framework for Older People; and if he will...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) doctors and (b) nurses there were in Heywood in each of the last seven years; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) doctors and (b) nurses there were in Burnley in each of the last seven years.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) therapists and (b) scientists were located in Manchester, Gorton in each of the last seven years.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on services for people with osteoporosis.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to report its recommendations on a technology appraisal on (a) the newer osteoporosis...

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts provide preventative osteopososis services.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of preventative measures likely to be of help in the management of osteoporosis; and if he will make a statement on how he...

      PCTs (North Derbyshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he collates on the workings of the out-of-hours patient service in the areas of the three primary care trusts in North Derbyshire.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 21 April, Official Report, column 558W, on prostate cancer, if he will make an assessment of the recent findings of research by...

      Public Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public funding has been spent on health in Heywood and Middleton in each of the last seven years.

      Public Funding

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

      Radon Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the risk to health of radon gas in the United Kingdom.

      School Blood Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children donated blood at mobile blood units visiting schools in 2003–04.

      Surplus Property Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total costs associated with the proposed sale of surplus NHS sites and Inventures to date have been.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes there have been to NHS waiting list time in the last seven years for the residents of Heywood and Middleton.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of suspected cancer patients in Heywood and Middleton saw an NHS consultant within two weeks in each of the last seven years.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on NHS waiting times for heart surgery in Heywood and Middleton.

      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 Stalybridge and Hyde.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residents in Burnley awaiting heart surgery have had the option of choosing an alternative hospital for quicker treatment in the last 12 months.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residents in Preston awaiting heart surgery have had the option of choosing an alternative hospital for quicker treatment in the last 12 months.

      Ward Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether ward managers are provided with NHS purchasing cards.

      Warrington Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what capital expenditure has been undertaken at Warrington hospital in each year since 1997; and for what purposes.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Drumcree Marches

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied that all avenues of approach have been attempted to solve the impasse at Drumcree in the light of the recent remarks by the Chief...

    • Ulster-Scots Agency: Budget 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 29 March (WA 127) concerning the budget of the Ulster-Scots Agency, what "approved actions" means; by whom...

      Ulster-Scots Agency: Budget 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written answer by the Lord President on 5 April (WA 183), concerning the 2004 budgets for Cross Border bodies, why a lesser percentage increase over...

      Republic of Ireland: Official Languages Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 21 April (WA 37) concerning the Republic of Ireland's Official Languages Act, whether any discussions about...

      House of Lords: Grand Committees

      asked the Leader of the House: Whether sittings of Grand Committees that proceed beyond the rising of the House can be properly considered as proceedings conducted while the House is in session.

      Belfast: New Cultural and Educational Facility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What agreement there was between the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Belfast City Arts Centre about funding; and when any funding...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether those applying for new or renewed passports now have such passports sent to them by registered mail.

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which are ports of entry (by air, sea and rail) into the United Kingdom, indicating in respect of each whether or not the passports of those arriving may be read...

      Abortion: Cleft Lip and Palate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether as reported by the Times on 19 April, senior detectives described the decision of the police to reopen the inquiry into late abortion for cleft lip and...

      Higher Education Bill: Scottish Implications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support will be provided to Scottish students attending English universities if the proposals in the Higher Education Bill are approved; and What will be the...

      Iraq: Deaths of Civilians Employed by British Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What compensation is paid to the families of Iraqis murdered while working as interpreters or translators for British forces; and How many Iraqis working as...

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What areas of (a) Dhekelia and (b) Akrotiri Sovereign Bases in Cyprus will be transferred to the Cypriot authorities as part of a new settlement in Cyprus; and...

      Iraq: Depleted Uranium Contamination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 14 January (WA 87–88), how many United Kingdom Armed Forces personnel have been tested for total uranium in...

      Joint Combat Aircraft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many aircraft will be procured under the Joint Combat Aircraft project.

      Licensing Act 1964: Section 77 Certificates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in light of the judgment on 7 April of the Court of Appeal in the case R (Luminar Leisure Ltd) v Crown Court at Norwich, a special hours certificate...

      Subtitling, Signing and Audio Description

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether current proposals from Ofcom on setting interim targets for subtitling, signing and audio description give full effect to the proposals set out in the...

      Anti-doping Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What conclusions were reached on the future of the United Kingdom's Anti-doping Agency at the meeting of the Sports Cabinet on Tuesday 20 April.

      Inland Revenue: Outstanding Taxpayer Debt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Of the outstanding £14 billion owed by taxpayers at 31 March 2003 as set out in the National Audit Office publication The Recovery of Debt by the Inland...

      Abortion: Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each of the last three years for which figures are available, what was the total number of abortions performed in England and Wales, and in Scotland; how many...

      NHS: Working Time Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 24 March (WA 101), how many trusts in the National Health Service anticipate significant difficulties in...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all outstanding claims, following the foot and mouth disease outbreak, have been settled; if not, how many remain outstanding; and to what financial value.

      Electric Shock Dog Collars

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ban the sale of electric shock dog collars.

      Integrated Administration and Control System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many farmers had not received their integrated administration and control system (IACS) forms from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by...

      Tidy Britain

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funding was provided for Tidy Britain in 2000–01; 2001–02; 2002–03; and 2003–04.

      Vital Villages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Vital Villages programme will be maintained, even though funding has been withdrawn from it.

      Channel Tunnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they no longer consider it necessary to maintain electrified grids at each entrance to the Channel Tunnel to deter animals from entering the tunnel.

      Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the salmon and freshwater fisheries review.

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