Written answers

Monday, 10 May 2004

  • Solicitor-General

    • Bribery

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2004, Official Report, column 613W, on bribery, from which countries the request for mutual legal assistance to the Serious Fraud...

    • Harassment

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will issue guidance to the police and Crown Prosecution Service on the issuing of first stage warnings under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

      Iraq

      To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment she has made of whether prosecutions can be brought against those United Kingdom citizens whose names appear on the list of non-Iraqis who are alleged...

  • Leader of the House

    • Advisers/Consultants

      To ask the Leader of the House how much his Office spent on external consultants and advisers in each of the last three years.

    • Parliamentary Questions

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

      Productivity

      To ask the Leader of the House what his policy is for (a) increasing the productivity and (b) cutting the costs of his Office.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Contingency Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the formula used to calculate the civil defence grants include a weight towards coastal councils to mitigate for potential terrorist attack by sea.

    • Departmental Procurement

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

      EU Directives

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the EU directives since May 1997 which have been incorporated into UK law by Parliament; and which items of UK legislation so...

      Green Minister

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in the last three months in that capacity; (2) what meetings his Department's Green...

      Recycled Paper

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

      Recycled Paper

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

      Recycled Paper

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

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress has been made on his Department's Sustainable Development Strategy.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council Visits (West Bromwich)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) board members and (b) head office based staff of the Arts Council for England have visited projects in West Bromwich East...

    • Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of homes in each of the regions of the UK has switched to digital television in the last 12 months.

      Libraries (Stockton, South)

      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 Stockton South since 1997.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her estimate is of the date for the first appointed day, as specified in the Licensing Act 2003; and if she will make a statement.

      National Lottery (Stockton, South)

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

      New Opportunities Fund

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

      Tourism (Stockton, South)

      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 Stockton, South.

  • Transport

    • A13

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what investigations he has (a) conducted and (b) planned into solutions to the congestion problem on the A13 in Hadleigh.

    • Accountancy Services

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

      Air Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of rocket-assisted parachutes in improving aircraft safety.

      Coastguard Station, Tynemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the former coastguard station at Tynemouth.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Green Transport Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the research evidence produced by studies made by the Department on the potential land value benefits of development within easy...

      Omega Site (Warrington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had on providing public transport links to the Omega site in Warrington as it is developed.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ask Network Rail to launch an urgent inquiry into track quality between Swindon and Paddington.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with which stakeholders he has held direct discussions in connection with his review of the structure and organisation of the railways.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the decision of Network Rail to postpone the installation of a radio system for drivers until 2015.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library copies of the reports on the Central Railway project prepared for him by the Strategic Rail Authority.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how often he meets officials of the Strategic Rail Authority to discuss improvements to the national rail network.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the Department's role was in the formulation of the Route Utilisation Strategy (Part One) for the East Midlands published in March by the...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the profit levels of train leasing companies.

      Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average duration of works carried out by highway authorities necessitating occupation of (a) Highways Agency roads and (b) local authority...

      Rural Bus Services (Cambridgeshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rural bus services in (a) the Huntingdon constituency and (b) Cambridgeshire are supported by rural bus grants.

      Transec

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what Transec's chain of command is; and how Transec's staff are (a) recruited and (b) vetted; (2) if he will make a statement explaining the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abattoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total cost to the Department in the financial years (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04 was of charges brought...

    • Abattoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total cost was to the Department in the financial years (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04 of all charges...

      British Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the introduction of genetically modified crops on wildlife; and what studies...

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) total and (b) average monthly cost of the Over-30-Month scheme has been since its inception.

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost of maintaining the Over-30-Month scheme for cattle born after August 1996 until...

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost of maintaining the Over-30-Month scheme for cattle born before August 1996.

      Conferences/Seminars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans were made by her Department for (a) conferences and (b) seminars in conjunction with its consultations on (i) the...

      Conferences/Seminars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans were made by her Department for (a) conferences and (b) seminars in conjunction with its consultations on (i) a...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the (a) crockery, (b) cutlery and (c) glassware procured by her Department over the last five years is of...

      Discarded Needles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received about the collection and disposal of discarded needles and other drug paraphernalia;...

      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 Government programmes (a) to stop people...

      Food Export Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of (a) the UK Government's and (b) the EU's regulatory systems to...

      Farm Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the impact of the (a) ending of the Over-Thirty-Months Scheme and (b) start of single farm...

      Farm Income

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

      Farm Income

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

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made in setting up regional fisheries advisory councils.

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent measures her Department has taken to protect against flooding in the Vale of York.

      GM Soya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the environmental impact of GM soya cultivation in the Colonia Loma Senes region of Argentina...

      GM Micro-organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the potential impacts on the European fermentation industry of the decision to be...

      GM Micro-organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects further substantive discussions to take place in Europe about the interpretation of the new Traceability and...

      GM Micro-organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she intends to make it her policy that discussions about the interpretation of the new Traceability and Labelling...

      Horse Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many horses were exported from the United Kingdom in the last year for which figures are available.

      Horse Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to the Government has been of the introduction of (a) horse passports and (b) the equine database.

      Horse Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost to the horse industry of the introduction of (a) horse passports and (b) the equine...

      Intensive Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans she has to propose changes to EU animal welfare regulations to improve the conditions of intensively farmed...

      Intensive Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the standard of enforcement of animal welfare regulations governing intensive...

      Licensed Abattoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many licensed abattoirs there were in England (a) in 1991, (b) in 1997 and (c) on the latest date for which figures are...

      Mechanically Propelled Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she intends to publish her Department's response to the use of mechanically propelled vehicles on rights of way...

      Parish and Town Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice and assistance (a) her Department and (b) the Countryside Agency provide to parish and town councils who wish to...

      Parish and Town Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research (a) her Department and (b) the Countryside Agency have commissioned into the role, functions and relevance of...

      Radon Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations govern (a) testing for radon gas in homes and (b) disclosure of radon gas levels when houses are bought and sold.

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the Rural Payments Agency's performance; how many complaints were received against...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department plans to contribute financially to the establishment of the second phase of the Central Point of...

      Vale of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she has taken to ensure that officials employed by (a) her Department and (b) executive agencies reporting to...

  • Education and Skills

    • Child Minders (Regulation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of Ofsted in regulating child minders.

    • Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new classroom assistant positions have been created in England in the last seven years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many letters received during this session by (a) Ministers and (b) officials from universities enclosed letters written by hon. Members...

      Education Funding

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

      Education Maintenance Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many extra people in the North West he expects to stay in education as a result of the introduction of education maintenance allowances;...

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 11-year-olds achieved level 4 at Key Stage 2 in England in (a) literacy, (b) numeracy and (c) science in each year ...

      Failing Schools

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

      Free School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the local education authorities which do not offer free milk to children eligible for free school meals; and if he will make...

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to provide funding to help further education colleges in (a) Heywood and Middleton and (b) the North West specifically to...

      Gcse

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

      Higher Education

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

      Higher Education

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

      Higher Education

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

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the criteria for selecting students to participate on medical courses under his programme for widening...

      Middle Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in which local education authorities there are middle schools as part of a three tier school system.

      Music and Dance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the annual budget is of the Music and Dance scheme; (2) if he will make a statement on the remit of the Music and Dance scheme.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) Ordinary Written and (b) Named Day Questions his Department received in (i) 2002–03 and (ii) this parliamentary session,...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of Ordinary Written Questions to his Department were answered within five sitting days of tabling, and what proportion of...

      Postgraduate Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received from universities regarding difficulties in attracting and retaining postgraduate students from within...

      Private Sector HE Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the criteria are relating to private sector colleges of higher education (a) for Government support for fees charged to individual...

      Recycled Paper

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

      Recycled Paper

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

      Recycled Paper

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

      Recycled Paper

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

      Recycled Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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...

      School Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will set a target date for the completion of outstanding repairs to school buildings; (2) if he will make a statement on the...

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will break down funding for each category under school spending in table 2.4 of the Department's Annual Report for 2004 between...

      School Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 15 and 16-year-olds in Oldham, West and Royton achieved five or more GCSRs at grade A*–C or GNVQ equivalent in each...

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will make a statement on the effects on schools of changes since 1997 in the level of investment in school sports in Oldham,...

      School Sports

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

      Schools (South Ribble)

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

      Schools (South Ribble)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money has been spent to develop school sports in South Ribble since 1997.

      Schools (South Ribble)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will list the building improvements in each school in South Ribble since 1997; and how much was spent on each improvement; (2)...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures his Department is taking to ensure that young people receive clear and accurate information in schools to enable them to make...

      Schools (Stockton, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in Stockton, South on the latest date for which figures are available; and what steps are being taken...

      Schools (Stockton, South)

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

      Schools (Stockton, South)

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

      Schools (Stockton, South)

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

      Schools (Stockton, South)

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

      Schools (Stockton, South)

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

      Schools (Stockton, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much public funding money has been spent on repairing schools in Stockton South in each year since 1997; (2) how much funding...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his Answer of 19 April 2004, Official Report, column 51W, on student finance, if he will make a statement on the outcome of his...

      Student Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the evidential basis is for the estimation that 30 per cent. of full-time students will receive full combined grant in 2006/07.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to promote the delivery of sustainable development within Government.

      Teachers

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

      Teaching Assistants

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

      Teaching Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching assistants there were in West Lancashire schools in each of the last seven years; and what the current figure is.

      University Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from Barnsley East and Mexborough are attending university; and how many of these students pay (a) no tuition fee and (b)...

  • International Development

    • St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the £26.3 million previously committed by the British Government towards the building of an airport...

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what evaluation has been carried out of the value to developing countries in Africa of the (a) United States American Growth and...

      Aid Projects (Asia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid projects his Department expects to develop in Asia during the next three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Children's Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the children's parliament in Malawi in influencing public policy there.

      Children's Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the contribution made by children to the improvement of sanitary practice in Bangladesh.

      Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the re-organisation of the Commonwealth Development Corporation has been completed.

      Departmental Expenditure (Entertainment)

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

      Ghana

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what work his Department is supporting to improve literacy in Ghana.

      Global Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research his Department has conducted on (a) the amount of disbursements made by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis...

      Global Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been pledged to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria; how much has been disbursed by the Global Fund;...

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when in 2004 he estimates the Department's objective of securing relief of unsustainable debt for all heavily indebted poor countries...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many international aid workers have left the British controlled sector of Southern Iraq in the last month; (2) how many...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what his estimate is of the level of unemployment in (a) Iraq and (b) the British-controlled sector of Iraq immediately before...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what proportion of international aid workers based in the British-controlled sector of Southern Iraq are Iraqi citizens; (2)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what the level of inflation is in Iraq; (2) what the level of inflation was in Iraq immediately before the start of the recent...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what proportion of Iraqi households have access to running water; (2) what proportion of Iraqi households in the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total amount of investment has been in the Iraqi (a) public, (b) private and (c) voluntary sector, over the past year.

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid has been provided by (a) the UK and (b) the EU to the Maldives Government in each of the last three years.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of (a) Ordinary Written Questions to his Department were answered within five sitting days of tabling and (b) Questions...

      Poverty Reduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list in ascending order of progress the 16 key countries in Sub-Saharan Africa for which the Millennium Development Goal on...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had on improving access to primary education; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made in providing primary education for girls in developing countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to promote the delivery of sustainable development within Government.

  • Home Department

    • Commission for Racial Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the likely impact on staffing levels of changes to the budget of the Commission for Racial Equality.

    • CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice is given by his Department on the provision and funding of CCTV in urban areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Anti-Social Behaviour Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the implementation of powers contained in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003.

      Migration (EU Accession States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the potential impact of migration from EU accession states on public services in the UK after 1 May.

      Police Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on police recruitment policy.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the resettlement of sex offenders within the community.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the proposed Serious Organised Crime Agency.

      Persistent Arsonists

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the current aftercare of persistent arsonists; and if he will make a statement.

      Terrorism (Mental Illness)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he proposes to take in respect of the arrangements for individuals suspected of having a terrorist connection or intent who may...

      Anti-Social Behaviour

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are being taken to build up local expertise in measures to tackle anti-social behaviour.

      Criminal Justice Interventions Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on extending the criminal justice interventions programme.

      Alcohol-related Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what further action he proposes to reduce alcohol-related violence.

      Advertising Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated cost of the current police advertising campaign warning of the dangers of terrorism is; and from which budget that cost is...

      Ammonium Nitrate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had on the security implications of the commercial sale of ammonium nitrate fertiliser.

      Criminal Record Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to charge charities for criminal record checks.

      Departmental Computers

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

      Departmental Procurement Policy (Sea Bass)

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

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated level of drugs-driven crime for the UK was in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has collated on countries which have suffered terrorism since 1986 and which, while suffering from terrorism, used...

      Internet Watch Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what analysis he has undertaken of the Internet Watch Foundation's Annual Report 2004; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessments of (a) Private Finance Initiative and (b) market testing have been carried out by the Prison Service since January 2000; who...

      Security Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to provide more information to the public on the protection work done by the security services.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Security Threat (Mox Plutonium)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she has initiated a review of the security of the sea transport of Mox plutonium fuels in response to the heightened international...

    • Berkeley Nuclear Research Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what physical protection measures exist at the Berkeley nuclear research laboratories in Gloucestershire against the accidental or...

      Businesses

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

      Businesses

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

      Coalminers' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many respiratory test centres have been paid by her Department for medical assessment for the coalminers' compensation scheme; by whom...

      Coalminers' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of claimants have received (a) interim payments and (b) full and final settlements of the claims registered by the top 10...

      Coalminers' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many privately funded medical assessments have been received under the coalminers' compensation scheme where the claimant has rejected the...

      Coalminers' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many different claims handling agreements were signed by Government under the coalminers' compensation scheme; with whom; by whom and when.

      Coalminers' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what amount is budgeted by Government for paying solicitors under the miners' compensation scheme for (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.

      Miners' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims have been registered under the coalminers' compensation scheme for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and vibration white...

      Miners' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average final settlement for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and vibration white finger was for the top 10 solicitors as...

      Miners' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which 10 solicitors had the most new claims lodged under the miners' compensation scheme in 2004.

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether any of the grant-in-aid to countries of the former Soviet Union in respect of nuclear legacy programmes mentioned at paragraphs 16.18...

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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 its...

      Departmental Procurement (Sea Bass)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make it her Department's policy to source all sea bass used in catering outlets for which her Department is responsible from...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the newspapers, magazines and periodicals her Department (a) produces and (b) funds, stating (i) the title and subject...

      Disconnections (Utilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of the burden of proof in the warrants process for disconnection; and if she will make a statement; (2)...

      Equal Opportunities Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the reduction in the planned growth budget for the Equal Opportunities Commission.

      Fathers Direct Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the date was of the press release issued by the Institute of Directors making reference to women of childbearing age referred to in her...

      Fuel Cell Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the steps taken to engage UK industry in the development of fuel cell technologies; and if she will make a...

      Fuel Cell Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support will be given to those UK companies involved in the development of fuel cell technologies.

      Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on proposals under discussion in the European Council working group to abolish gender discrimination in insurance...

      International Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what further steps she proposes to promote international trade with developing countries; (2) what trade proposals she has to enable...

      Large Combustion Plants Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment the Government have made of the impact on the United Kingdom coal industry of introducing a national emissions reduction plan...

      Liabilities Management Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the members of her Department's liabilities management unit; what the qualifications of each are; and what the permanent...

      London Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many London Development Agency board members have (a) current and (b) recent business experience.

      Manned Space Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what Government support is available for research into manned space travel.

      Micro-satellites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her assessment is of British industry's readiness to take advantage of the market for launching micro-satellites; and what action her...

      New Businesses (Oldham, West and Royton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new businesses have been established in Oldham West and Royton since 1997.

      North Sea Energy Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of the value of contracts for oil and gas production platforms in the North sea in areas for which the UK Government granted...

      Nuclear Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the main points were of the agreement reached with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the exchange of nuclear security...

      Omega Site (Warrington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of the development of the Omega site in Warrington on (a) Warrington and (b) the regional economy.

      Pilot Joint Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the annual cost to her Department of participation in the Pilot joint taskforce on the future of the UK oil and gas industry (a) has been...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place in the Library details of the business case underpinning the Post Office's closure proposals for the Fylde constituency.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will urge Post Office Limited to make more time for consultation available to (a) the public and (b) other interested bodies when post...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the performance of Royal Mail delivery services in Hendon constituency.

      Premium Rate Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to reduce the incidence of companies providing misleading information regarding premium rate telephone numbers; and...

      Premium Rate Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations and discussions she has had regarding misleading information by companies charging premium rate costs for...

      Regeneration (Hampshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money her Department has spent on the South Hampshire Priority Area for Economic Regeneration in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list, for each of the nine regional development agencies in England, (a) the aggregate amount of forward funding commitments...

      Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the regulations that have been (a) introduced and (b) removed by her Department in each year since 1990.

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the implications for the renewables obligation of the liquidation of Atlantic Electric and Gas; and whether...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will assess the effectiveness of the mechanism of the trading of renewable obligation certificates (ROCs), with specific reference to...

      Small Business Office, Brussels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the planned (a) resource budget, (b) administration costs and (c) staff numbers are for 2004 of the Small Business Office in Brussels...

      Small Business Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 28 April 2004, Official Report, columns 43–44WS on small business service, how much...

      Small Business Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the devolution of Small Business Services.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to protect small businesses from late payments.

      Small Businesses

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

      Small Businesses

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

      Software Patents Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's stance is on the proposed EU Software Patents Directive.

      Steel Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the (a) level and (b) effects on the UK steel industry of steel dumping in Europe; and if she will make a...

      Sub-post Offices (Leicester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many (a) benefit, (b) postal order and (c) Girobank transactions were completed in each of the last five financial years by the...

      Sustainable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to promote sustainable technologies to generate power supplies in future.

      Sustainable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to make a statement on the first annual report on sustainable energy; and what form such a statement will take.

      Tokamak Experimental Reactor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress being made to build the International Tokamak Experimental Reactor.

      Unsolicited Faxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to protect consumers from unsolicited faxes.

      Utilities (Disconnections)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the benefits of expanding the moratoria on disconnections for vulnerable groups beyond the winter months; and...

      West Lancashire

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

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Procurement

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

    • Dr. Salim Abu Hunak

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he raised the case of Dr. Salim Abu Hunak, held in Abu Salim Prison in Tripoli, when he recently met Colonel Gadaffi; and what action the Government is ...

      Early Retirement

      To ask the Prime Minister how many employees in his office took early retirement in the last financial year; and at what total cost.

      House of Lords

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the peers appointed since 1997 who are members of Northern Ireland political parties, broken down by party.

      House of Lords Appointments Commission

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times the House of Lords Appointments Commission has met since its formation.

      Menus

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he is consulted on the menus at functions where he is the host.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much the production of his Department's latest annual report cost; how many copies were printed; how many copies of it were sold at its cover price; to...

    • Farming

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

      Mold Flood Alleviation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales Government about providing exceptional costs to implement the Mold Flood Allevation...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (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...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Business Rate

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to take steps to enable business rate income to remain with local authorities; how much business rate was collected by the London Borough of (a)...

    • Business Rates (Chorley)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was collected in business rates in Chorley in each of the last three years.

      Committee of the Regions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the representatives to the Committee of the Regions will come from the elected members to the proposed regional assemblies.

      Council Tax (Greater London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the total of unpaid council tax in Greater London, broken down by borough, in each year since 1997.

      Emergency Vehicles (Speed Cameras)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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.

      Emergency Vehicles (Speed Cameras)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the cost to fire and rescue authorities of dealing with the paperwork...

      Emergency Vehicles (Speed Cameras)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) on how many occasions in each of the last 12 months fire authority vehicles on emergency calls have been captured on speed cameras contravening speed limits...

      Fire Authority Precepts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many complaints he received about the precepts of combined fire authorities for 2004–05 between 10 February and 28 April; (2) how many complaints...

      Football Stadium, Falmer

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 19 April, Official Report, column 348W, on the football stadium, Falmer, if he will define the nature of representations received...

      Football Stadium, Falmer

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what date he received the report from his planning inspector into the proposal for a football stadium at Falmer, East Sussex; and for what reasons he has not...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what acreage of land identified as green belt in 1997 has been subsequently declassified, broken down by county; and what acreage classified as non-green belt in...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect of the Starter Homes Initiative on the residents of Oldham, West and Royton.

      Housing

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

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to announce the decision on the 2004 housing stock transfer programme.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much money from Government (a) grants and (b) contracts, Ordnance Survey has used to support its commercial aerial activities.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reason Ordnance Survey rejected Getmapping's bid for the Millennium Map to be adopted as the Imagery Layer in Digital National Framework in November 2001.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many sales Ordnance Survey made of the Millennium Map during the period of its contract as a re-seller of the map.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the key performance indicators for local authorities are for the delegation of planning decisions to officers.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the current and projected elements of the Your Say campaign; and what the total estimated cost is of each.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what security the proposed regional assemblies would have to give in order to borrow cash.

      Swarcliffe Pathfinder Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects final approval to be given for the Pathfinder Scheme for Swarcliffe to proceed.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Castlereagh College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action has been taken to ensure Castlereagh College is able to offer assistance and training to people who face redundancy in the...

    • Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) when he expects to reply to the questions, reference (a) 159955 and (b) 159956, tabled by the hon. Member for East Antrim on 8 March 2004;...

      Disabled People (Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what provision is being made to assist disabled people in undertaking courses at each of Northern Ireland's universities.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are in place to encourage energy efficiency in Northern Ireland.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make it his policy not to draw from the £8 million Soccer Strategy budget the money required to bring the Windsor Park stadium...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been allocated to bring Windsor Park stadium up to the required standard to permit the World Cup qualifying matches against...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the nature is of the relationship between Windsor Park and the Northern Ireland international football team in relation to the staging of...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what Government assistance has been provided for the Irish Football Association's youth development programme through its School of Excellence.

      Independent Monitoring Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what sanctions are available to the Government regarding the Independent Monitoring Commission Report and its conclusions in respect of Sinn Fein.

      La Mon Bombing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2004, Official Report, column 1332W, whether search and log records for the night of 17 February 1978 have...

      Lyric Theatre (Belfast)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the amount of Lottery Art Fund money being made available for the re-development of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.

      National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on (a) the progress with the search for a site for the proposed National Stadium for Northern Ireland and (b) the...

      Planning Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in reviewing the remit and powers of the Planning Appeals Commission; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Police Service of Northern Ireland will be adopting the colour vision requirements arising from his Department's review of the...

      Policing Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many meetings of (a) the Northern Ireland Policing Board, (b) its sub-committees and (c) other events related to their membership each...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will amend the relevant legislation to reduce the number of pupils Translink is entitled to carry on each school bus journey.

      Tourist Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much capital grant has been paid by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board in each parliamentary constituency during the last five years.

      Triple Test (Pregnant Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidelines have been issued to each of the Northern Ireland health boards regarding the triple test for pregnant women.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Social Security Appeals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when he expects the appeal lodged with the social security commissioners by John Sheridan of Birkenhead to be heard.

    • 19th Century Census

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs in which year MyFamily.com. Inc. is likely to make the census for (a) 1861, (b) 1871, (c) 1881 and (d) 1891 available on...

      19th Century Census

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the non-exclusive licence was granted to MyFamily.com Inc. to digitise the decennial population census return from...

      Crown Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance is given to Crown courts regarding the provision of facilities for the press; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of the (a) crockery, (b) cutlery and (c) glassware procured by his Department over the last five years...

      European Constitution Referendum

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what his policy is on the apportionment of public funds to the (a) No and (b) Yes campaigns on the European Constitution...

      Fine Collection

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the collection of fines imposed by magistrates' courts in (a) Chorley, (b) Leyland, (c)...

      Fine Collection

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

      Older People

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs for what (a) initiatives, (b) campaigns and (c) advisory bodies relating to older people his Department and its...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK Government has made to the Government of Brazil over its stance on international inspection access...

    • Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received concerning the plans of President Uribe in Colombia to pass a constitutional amendment in order to...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations Her Majesty's Government have made to the Colombian Government concerning the protection of human...

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received from the mission in Havana concerning the commencement of the trial of the human rights dissident...

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government requested observer status at the trial in Cuba of Juan Carlos Gonzalez Leiva; and if he will make a...

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations Her Majesty's Government has made to the Cuban Government concerning the imprisonment of human...

      Departmental Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers. (b) Deloitte &...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much money, and what assistance in kind, his Department is giving to support the Conference on the proposed EU...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in what way the proposed European constitution takes into consideration cultural and religious diversity.

      European Council of Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on (a) the transitional arrangements for voting and (b) the qualified majority voting...

      Gaza Strip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Israeli Government concerning the effect of border restrictions on the ability of...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Indonesia concerning (a) the attack by masked gunmen on Christians at the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many incidents of (a) unlawful destruction of property and (b) collective punishment there were in each month since the end...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether all public servants acting on behalf of the United Kingdom in Iraq after the hand-over of sovereignty will continue to...

      Israel (Targeted Assassinations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy towards Israel's targeted assassinations policy.

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's relations with the Maldives.

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the Commonwealth has taken to encourage multi-party politics in the Maldives.

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what official contacts his Department has had with representatives of the Democratic Party of the Maldives.

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what means other than the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty the Government are seeking to use to (a) strengthen the inspection...

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the UK Government have taken to (a) support and (b) implement the Proliferation Security Initiative.

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps the Government have taken to prevent the proliferation of missile and nuclear weapon technology from North Korea.

      Peru

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what reports the UK mission in Peru has received concerning the date of the review of the case of Walter Cubas Balathazar;...

  • Defence

    • Arctic Convoys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of those who served on the Arctic convoys during the Second World War received the Russian 40th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic...

    • Arctic Convoys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of those who served on the Arctic Convoys during the Second World War received the Atlantic Star.

      Arctic Convoys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimates he has made of the cost to the Department of awarding a medal for service on the Arctic convoys.

      Catterick Barracks (Medical Personnel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many medical personnel are based at Catterick Barracks, broken down by (a) service, (b) rank and (c) specialisation.

      Defence Agencies (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many people worked for (a) the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency in Scotland and (b) the Defence Secondary Care Agency in Scotland on 1...

      Defence Personnel (Vale of York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he expects details of numbers of service and civilian personnel in the Vale of York for July 2003 to become available; (2) how many service...

      Green Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list the meetings at which his Department has been present regarding the delivery of sustainable development across Government as...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the number of (a) private military companies and (b) British private military companies working in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any member of the UK armed forces has been charged in relation to the deaths of civilians in Iraq caused by Coalition action.

      Land Release (Hampshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 April 2004, Official Report, column 662W on land releases (Hampshire), when he expects to complete the review on estate...

      Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been paid in compensation to farmers for livestock losses caused by low flying military aircraft in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales...

      Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training sorties have been undertaken within the mid-Wales military tactical training area by military aircraft flying below 250 feet in each...

      Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) representations and (b) complaints have been received by the (i) RAF and (ii) Department about low flying military aircraft in (A) England,...

      MOD Sites (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on his Department's land bounded by Halliday Crescent, Melville Road and Henderson Road in...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the items of military equipment gifted to the Government of Nepal since January 2000.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the methods the Government employs to ensure that military helicopters it has provided to the Royal Nepalese Army are only...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 19 April 2004, Official Report, column 339W, on nuclear contingent liability arrangements, what criteria he used to determine...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the importance of nuclear deterrence as a military strategy in the war against terrorism.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many NSQEP personnel in the UK are able to maintain the UK's nuclear weapons and naval nuclear reactors; what their age profile is; what their...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on safety reviews conducted on nuclear submarines.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on research and development of low yield nuclear weapons in the UK.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost is of (a) designing and (b) manufacturing a new nuclear warhead; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the age profile is of the staff of (a) his Department's Chief Scientific Advisor and (b) the maintenance contractor SERCO who possess the...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many wind farm applications his Department has been consulted upon; and to how many of these objections were made.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Over-70s Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the £100 payment for people aged 70 or over that was announced in the 2004 Budget statement will be made.

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Child Support Agency will be able to refund the money owed to the constituent of the hon. Member for Walsall, North, ref: 321042956341.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the hon. Member for Walsall, North will receive a reply from the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency to his letter of 24 March...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 1 April with regard to Mr. Alan McCabe.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of families containing one or more children in receipt of disability living allowance have incomes below 60 per cent. of median...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of (a) single people under pension age, (b) couples under pension age and (c) adults under pension age have incomes below 60...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of (a) single female pensioners, (b) single male pensioners, (c) pensioner couples and (d) all pensioners have incomes below 60...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will extend eligibility for the higher rate of the mobility component of the disability living allowance to people who become disabled...

      Disabled Workers

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

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of incapacity benefit claimants covered by the new incapacity benefit pilot projects in (a)...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of possible savings generated by the new incapacity benefit pilot projects in each year from 2004–05 to...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the new incapacity benefit pilot projects to all incapacity benefit claimants.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of (a) the start-up costs and (b) the annual running costs of the new incapacity benefit pilot projects, broken down...

      Incapacity Benefit (Rhondda)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each ward in the Rhondda constituency have received incapacity benefit in each year since 1992.

      Income-related Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of employees in his Department are in receipt of income-related benefits.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) disabled access audit of 1 Steephill Road, (b) consultation document dated June 2002 and list...

      Mayor of London (Meetings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what dates he has held official meetings with the Mayor of London since July 2000; and what the subject of each meeting was.

      Me

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many ME sufferers were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful in their applications for disability living allowance in the last 12 months.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on advertising the Pick it Up, It's Yours campaign in (a) national newspapers and (b) the regional and local press; and what...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (a) single men, (b) single women and (c) couples are expected to be entitled to pension credit in October; and...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department advertises pension credit in any language other than English.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if the Government will make changes to the current system to ensure that all women have access to a basic state pension in their own right.

      Property Disregards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the rules relating to property disregards are different for pensioners moved from income support to pension credit.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of recruitment of civil servants for the Department was in each financial year since 1996–97, broken down by (a) delegated...

      Social Security Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will publish the Quinquennial Review into the Social Security Advisory Committee.

      Statutory Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women have (a) requested and (b) received statutory maternity pay since its introduction; and if he will make a statement on the...

      Sure Start Maternity Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many mothers in Battersea have (a) applied for and (b) obtained the Sure Start maternity grant.

      Winter Fuel Allowance (Oldham, West and Royton)

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

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total funding allocation for his Department was in 2003–04 for child benefit.

    • National Minimum Wage (Oldham, West and Royton)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many workers in Oldham, West and Royton have benefited from the national minimum wage.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many teenage girls (a) below the age of 16 years and (b) over the age of 16 years fell pregnant in (i) 2003–04 and (ii) each of the previous five...

      Average Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the average earnings of (a) women and (b) men in (i) Lancashire and (ii) the North West.

      Butterfield Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what effect the proposed merger of the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise will have on (a) plans to establish an independent Customs and Excise...

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had recently with the Association of British Credit Unions Ltd. on expansion of credit unions in the UK.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when HM Customs and Excise were first informed of the discovery of the informant record for Mr. Alfred Allington; and for what reasons the existence...

      Employment (Oldham, West and Royton)

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

      Fuel Cell Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal incentives are available to UK companies involved in the development of fuel cell technologies; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how income tax receipts as a percentage of the total tax take have varied over the last 20 years.

      Inland Revenue Guidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will arrange for the Inland Revenue to publicise the hardship provisions in its Code of Guidance on overpayments.

      Job Vacancies (Oldham, West and Royton)

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

      Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he is taking to (a) increase the productivity and (b) cut the costs of his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

      Public Sector Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he expects employment in the public sector, excluding the areas of health and education, to change from financial year (a) 2004–05 to...

      Public Sector Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on variations in the workforce employed in the public sector in England over the last 20 years.

      Public Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) change and (b) percentage change he expects in levels of public spending excluding health, education and defence (i) in 2004–05 compared with...

      Statutory Paternity Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many men have (a) requested and (b) received statutory paternity pay since its introduction; and if he will make a statement on the success of the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to complete the process whereby families in receipt of income support and jobseeker's allowance move on to the child tax credit.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in receipt of (a) income support and (b) jobseeker's allowance have been moved on to the child tax credit.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will compensate those people who have received tax credit payments above the level to which they were entitled because of administrative errors and...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects awards for (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit in 2003–04 to be finalised.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the payment of working tax credit from the start of the current financial year and the adequacy of computer systems;...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of hardship caused to families as a result of the way tax credit overpayments are being recovered.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the amounts of over-payments made to people through the working tax credit scheme; how many people have been overpaid; what...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many prosecutions the Inland Revenue has attempted to bring under the Finance Act 2000 for income tax evasion; what the value was of the revenue the...

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many PAYE scheme notices were sent out by the Inland Revenue to companies it had been notified were dormant and would file nil returns in each tax year...

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of penalty notices following the 31 January 2004 deadline for filing tax returns were sent out by 7 February.

  • Health

    • Drug Misuse (Liverpool)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of drug addicts in Liverpool, Walton.

    • Agency Doctors/Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of agency (a) doctors and (b) nurses in (i) Preston and (ii) Chorley hospitals in each of the last three years.

      Agriculture Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will represent the UK Government at the meeting of the European Agriculture Council in Luxembourg on 26 and 27 April.

      Anti-depressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the correlation between the number of prescriptions for anti-depressant drugs and recorded suicides in each of the last 10...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to commission research targeted at the needs of people whose asthma fails to respond to current treatments.

      Bedside Televisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of (a) fixing so that they turn off and (b) replacing the faulty bedside televisions that have been provided.

      Bedside Televisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which companies have contracted with NHS trusts to provide bedside televisions.

      Bedside Televisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of providing bedside televisions for patients.

      Blood Transfusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that those prevented from giving blood as a consequence of precautions against the transmission of variant...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultants in cancer specialities were working in the NHS in England in each year since 1999.

      Cancer Patients Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 12 February 2004, Official Report, column 1684W, on the Cancer Patients Survey, when he expects to publish the analysis.

      Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many forum members of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health have resigned since its inception.

      Consultancy Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on matching the number of consultant vacancies to the number of qualified trainees.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the liability in the 2003–04 accounts of NHS Trusts of the implementation of the new consultant's contract.

      Consultants

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

      Continuing NHS Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 24 March 2004, Official Report, columns 914–15W, on continuing NHS care, what information will be available centrally when...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when a response will be sent to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Lord Warner, on...

      Drug Action Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the key performance indicators are for Drug Action Teams.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the public dividend capital was at 31 March of those NHS trusts becoming NHS foundation trusts on 1 April; whether in each case this is the initial...

      GP Surgeries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the maintenance backlog cost of general practitioner surgeries in the NHS in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each...

      Health Professionals (Training Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of training a (a) occupational therapist, (b) physiotherapist, (c) speech and language therapist, (d) district nurse and (e)...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the provision of NHS dental services in (a) the Huntingdon constituency and (b) Cambridgeshire.

      Health Services

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

      Health Services

      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 the Huntingdon constituency.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) overseas doctors and (b) overseas nurses there were in Liverpool in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2003.

      Health Services

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

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the implementation of the modernising hearing aid services programme; (2) what continuation funding will be...

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of NHS hearing aids are digital in (a) Essex and (b) England; and if he will make a statement.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in Essex on the modernising hearing aid services programme.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects full take-up of NHS digital hearing aids to be achieved in (a) Essex and (b) England.

      Hearing-impaired Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to ensure that patients who are deaf or have hearing problems have full access to the NHS services by October.

      Hearing-impaired Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the way that the NHS communicates with patients who are deaf or who have a hearing impairment.

      Hunters Moor Hospital (Newcastle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many business cases have so far been (a) submitted and (b) rejected for a replacement neuro-disability centre for Hunters Moor Hospital, Newcastle;...

      Internet Medicine Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his Department's monitoring of the sale of (a) licensed and (b) unlicensed medicines over the internet.

      Internet Medicine Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on enforcing the General Medicine Council's ruling on the sale of medicines over the internet.

      Internet Medicine Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to seek to amend the law relating to sales of drugs over the internet; and if he will make a statement.

      Internet Medicine Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many investigations have been carried out into the sale of unlicensed medicines via the internet by (a) the Medicines Control Agency for each year...

      Internet Medicine Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prosecutions against sellers of unlicensed medicines via the internet (a) have been undertaken, (b) have been successful and (c) are in...

      Internet Medicine Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many employees are engaged in the Special Inquiry Unit of the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency investigating drugs sales through the internet.

      Internet Medicine Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training is undertaken by employees of the Special Inquiry Unit of the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency investigating drug sales through...

      Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been invested in the Learning Disability Development Fund; from what sources the funding comes; and if he will make a statement.

      Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with learning disabilities have access to a health facilitator; how many have received an health action plan, broken down by region; and...

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will, in the light of the recent Ombudsman's report on Mr. Curran, assess the criteria used by the Castle Point and Rochford Primary Care...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many elderly people were diagnosed as suffering from malnutrition (a) in total and (b) broken down by health authority, in each year since 1997; and...

      Maternity Services (Asylum Seekers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 March 2004, Official Report, column 1217W, on maternity services (asylum seekers) what (a) maternity and (b) antenatal...

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the meningitis risk to young people entering universities; and if he will make a statement.

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what immunisation advice he has given to young people due to enter higher education this year in respect of meningitis.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many mental health beds are occupied by people being treated for physical health conditions; (2) what his policy is on mental health beds in...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects to publish a timetable for the pre-legislative scrutiny committee stages of the Mental Health Bill; (2) when the Government will...

      Mumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to appeal to all teenagers not vaccinated against mumps to be immunised; (2) what guidance has been produced by his Department on...

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has received a copy of the recent report from the Women's Environmental Network on the economic and environmental costs of the...

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate (a) the average unit cost of disposal as clinical waste of disposable nappies within the National Health Service and (b) the total...

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether officials of his Department have met officials of the Waste Implementation Programme of the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs...

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet representatives of the Nappy Alliance to discuss policy and practice in the use of nappies within NHS facilities.

      National Service Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the children's national service framework will make reference to the good practice in continence services guidelines.

      National Service Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish the full national service framework for children.

      National Service Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress towards the national service framework milestone for systems to explore user and carer experience in primary care...

      National Service Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on progress towards the national service framework milestone for general practitioner practices in identifying, treating...

      Neonatal Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the vacancy rate is for nurses in intensive care units for new born babies in each hospital trust in England; (2) how many (a) nurses and (b)...

      New Variant CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new cases of new variant CJD were reported in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 30 March 2004, Official Report, column 83WS, on NHS charges, what the cost of providing (a) sight tests,...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on childcare provision for NHS staff.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children of NHS staff use NHS-provided childcare facilities.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of calls to NHS Direct were resolved by NHS Direct without the need for further NHS intervention in the last year for which figures are...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of new nursing recruits into the NHS have been recruited through recruitment agencies which have not signed up to the Government's...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the country of origin was of nurses recruited into the NHS from overseas in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are in place to ensure the Government can guarantee that no recruitment agencies are used by the NHS to recruit nurses which have not...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS therapists were located in Heywood and Middleton in each of the last seven years.

      NHS

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

      NHS

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

      NHS

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

      NHS

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

      NHS/Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public dividend capital has been issued by his Department to NHS trusts in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; and how much is estimated to...

      Nurses

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

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on medical research into obesity in each of the last 10 years.

      Paddington Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the Minister of State for Health's answer of 23 March 2004, Official Report, column 695, on Paddington Health Campus, when he expected to...

      Paediatric Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paediatric (a) doctors and (b) nurses (i) are working in the NHS and (ii) were working in the NHS in each of the last seven years, broken down by...

      Paediatric Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paediatric trainees started in the NHS in each of the last five years, broken down by sex.

      Patient Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those NHS trusts which do not yet use electronic patient records.

      Patients Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his statement of 22 March 2004, Official Report, column 594, what the basis was for the statement that a policy of patients' passports paying...

      Prescription Pre-payment Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce a monthly instalment scheme for the prescription prepayment certificate.

      Prison Health Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 27 April 2004, Official Report, column 961W, on the Prison Health Service, what issues had been raised by local services...

      Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) MRI scanners and (b) PET scanners there are in England; and how many of these scanners have been bought (i) directly by the NHS and (ii)...

      Sexual Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department is taking to ensure that sexual health services and contraception advice for young people are made more accessible; and if he...

      Stroke Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the stroke milestone in the older people's National Service Framework is defined; and how many hospitals have access to (a) peripatetic specialised...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review and publish further health research evidence relating to the impact of (a) mobile phone masts and (b) mobile phone use...

      University Medical Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures the Government is taking to increase the number of British university trained (a) doctors and (b) nurses in the NHS.

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for an MRI scan in each strategic health authority was for each year since 1997.

      MRI Scans

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

      Wanless Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds will be made available to implement the Wanless Report recommendations.

      Warrington Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advances have been made in coronary care in Warrington Hospital since 1997; and what further plans are in progress.

      Whooping Cough Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the NHS is able to provide mercury-free whooping cough vaccine for babies in the UK.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure: Visits outside British Isles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which officials of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure have since 2000 travelled outside the British Isles on authorised business; what...

    • 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, where the information was obtained to...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 5 April (WA 184) which stated that a Written Answer on 10 March 2003 concerning Waterways Ireland was...

      Northern Ireland: Railways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 21 April (WA 36), whether any section of central government has plans to carry out a study of the tourism...

      Northern Ireland: Railways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 21 April (WA 36), why the Northern Ireland Tourist Board has no plans to undertake a study of the tourism...

      Joint Combat Aircraft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact the current design overweight of the F-35B will have on the Joint Combat Aircraft project.

      Astute Class Attack Submarines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the construction time of the second and third of the Astute class attack submarines will be known.

      Billy Bragg

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the status or role of Mr Billy Bragg as a government adviser or consultant or in any other related function.

      Asylum and Immigration Cases: Legal Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total number of asylum cases in which applications have been made to the Legal Services Commission for an extension of legal aid beyond five hours; and...

      Conditional Fee Agreements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the current arrangements for contingency legal fees and no win, no fee are working satisfactorily in the interests of litigants and of the due...

      Special Immigration Appeals Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that determinations of Special Immigration Appeals Commission are published.

      Community Legal Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Community Legal Service is meeting its aim of fulfilling the need of legal services for all.

      Electoral Roll

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have been excluded from the electoral roll since 1997.

      Pension Protection Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the context of the Pensions Bill, how they will ensure that the Pension Protection Fund levy is not a burden on individual pension scheme members.

      Department for Work and Pensions:Means-tested Benefits and Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Government are paying to staff at the Department for Work and Pensions in the form of means-tested benefits; and how the sum is presented in...

      Work at Height Regulations: Mountaineering and Similar Activities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Health and Safety Commission believes that its draft regulations Proposals for Work at Height Regulations to implement European Council Directive...

      Work at Height Regulations: Mountaineering and Similar Activities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will exempt outdoor sports such as maintaineering, caving, hill walking, abseiling, rock climbing and sailing from the scope of draft regulations...

      Internet: Disabled People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to encourage United Kingdom websites to comply with the minimum standards for web access identified by the Disability Rights Commission...

      Sport: EU Competence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether discussions have taken place on giving the European Union a legal competence for sport within the proposed European Union constitution.

      Local Election Rules

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the legal position or other rules in relation to the permissible content of local election campaigning and campaign materials are different when the...

      Biological Weapons: US Sales to Iraq

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 15 March (HL Deb, cols 1–3), whether they will report to the Security Council of the United...

      Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the current situation in Afghanistan in relation to the prospects for free and fair elections, the percentage of voter registration and...

      Bangladesh

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 17 March (WA 45), what was the outcome of the discussions held with donor colleagues in...

      Iraq: Transitional Administrative Law and Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 19 April (WA 5), whether the Coalition Provisional Authority or the coalition forces are...

      Iraq: Special Tribunal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will ensure that the Iraqi Special Tribunal has the necessary independence and impartiality and other characteristics needed to comply with international...

      Iraq: Special Tribunal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Iraqi Special Tribunal is bound to act in a way that is compatible with international human rights law.

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are involved in discussions concerning the withdrawal of Turkish armed forces, now in occupation of northern Cyprus; and what is the relationship...

      European Court of Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek an increase in the contributions made by member states of the Council of Europe to ensure that the European Court of Human Rights has...

      Cameroon: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have discussed with the Government of the Cameroon Republic the implementation of the United Nations Special Rapporteur's recommendations for ending...

      Iran and Iraq: Movements of Armed Groups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any evidence to show that Revolutionary Guards and other armed groups have moved into Iraq from Iran; and, if so, what representations they are...

      Middle East: Gaza and West Bank Settlements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that unauthorised settlement outposts in the Occupied West Bank are removed in accordance with international law.

      Middle East: Gaza and West Bank Settlements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What detailed assessment they have made of Prime Minister Sharon's proposal to withdraw settlements from the Gaza Strip, including plans to retain border controls...

      Clinical Research Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the Budget announcement of additional funding of £200 million for clinical research over a four-year period and the further announcement that...

      Emissions Trading: EU National Allocation Plans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many member states of the European Union have submitted their national allocation plans to the European Commission, as required by the Emissions Trading...

      Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made towards implementing the Moran committee report on the review of salmon and freshwater fisheries, published in 2000.

      Angling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Environment Agency has established a forum to co-ordinate the interests of those involved in the voluntary sector for angling and fishing.

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