Written answers

Wednesday, 12 May 2004

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Advisers/Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on external consultants and advisors in each of the...

    • Archaeological Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to proceed with the case against Mr....

      Bingo Hall Conversions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of bingo halls which occupy more than 10,000 sq ft and would be eligible to convert to a casino...

      Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many employees in her Department took early retirement, and at what total cost, in the last financial year.

      Ice Hockey UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance is provided by her Department to Ice Hockey UK.

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is for (a) increasing the productivity and (b) cutting the costs of (i) her Department and (ii) its agencies and...

      Regional Tourism

      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 South Ribble since 1997.

      Regional Tourism

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

      Regional Tourism

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

      Sports Funding (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what grants are available to build (a) a running track and (b) rugby football and other sports stadia in Chorley; and what other...

      Terrestrial Television (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households in Wales she estimates cannot receive a terrestrial television signal from the public service broadcasters.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government's response is to the recent request of the transitional Government in Afghanistan for extra military forces from NATO to ensure...

    • Army Air Corps (Medical Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what specialised diagnosis services are available to personnel based at (a) AAC Aldergrove, (b) AAC Hereford, (c) AAC Wattisham, (d) AAC Middle...

      Cluster Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place a moratorium on the (a) use, (b) manufacture, (c) sale and (d) export of cluster bombs until new international law on the use and...

      Defence Medal Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to whom the legal title of the land occupied by the Droitwich Spa Army Medal Office belongs; and who would receive the proceeds of any sale of the site.

      Defence Medal Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the investment appraisal for the proposed closure of the Droitwich Spa Army Medal Office and the...

      HMS Trafalgar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the safety of HMS Trafalgar following its repairs.

      Infantry Anti-structure Weapon System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the procurement of an infantry anti-structure weapon system; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what laws apply to the activities of private contractors operating in (a) Iraq and (b) UK controlled areas; and which courts have jurisdiction.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) average and (b) maximum tour lengths of troops deployed to Iraq since 1st May 2003 were for (i) territorial army and (ii) regular personnel;...

      Operation Telic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when payments for expenses incurred in financial year 2003–04 relating to Operation Telic will be made to his Department.

      Suez Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long it has taken, on average, to process each application for the General Service Medal, Suez Canal Zone, 1951–54.

      Suez Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many outstanding claims there are for the General Service Medal for serving in the Suez Canal Zone between 1951 and 1954.

      Suez Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many General Service Medals have been issued for service in the Suez Canal Zone between 1951 and 1954.

      Support Vehicle Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will hold discussions with Leyland Trucks on the contract for the supply of the Support Vehicle.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Council Housing (Stockton, South)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of how the change in the level of council funding for housing has affected the residents of Stockton South since 1997.

    • Coverage Care

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2004, Official Report, column 1227W, on Coverage Care, when he expects the matter to be resolved.

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much he expects to spend in this financial year; how much was spent last year; how much is budgeted next year for writing off outstanding debt of local...

      Housing (Chorley)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on the percentage of housing land to be made available for (a) low cost housing and (b) part-rent-part-buy schemes in the Chorley constituency;...

      Housing Stock Transfer

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library the research evidence showing how housing stock transfer better meets the interests of tenants.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many (a) Ordinary Written and (b) Named Day Questions his Department received in (i) 2002–03 and (ii) this parliamentary session, broken down by...

      Planning Inspectorate

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the planning inspectorate has ensured that value for money was achieved when employing external consultants; and who was responsible for making such value for...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the staff numbers were for 2003 of the (a) Standards Board for England, (b) Advisory Panel on Beacon Councils and (c) Review of the Needs Indices used in the...

      Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects the planned re-valuation of the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre to be (a) finished and (b) published; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 1 April 2004, Official Report, column 1649W, on regional assemblies, what proportion of the set-up costs of elected regional assemblies...

      Tourism

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent by local authorities in promoting tourism in each of the last 10 years to (a) domestic markets and (b) overseas markets.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the development of combined heat and power in the UK in the last three years.

    • Environmental Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress being made on the introduction of new entry level schemes for environmental support.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the impact of flash flooding in (a) Worcester, (b) Worcestershire and (c) England and...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will estimate how many properties in Cheltenham will be affected by flooding in a once in 100-year event if no...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance her Department has provided to alleviate the risk of flooding in the London borough of Redbridge since 2000.

      Flood Defence

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

      Government Funding (Animals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what Government funding was allocated to zoos in 2003–04.

      Household Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will broaden the duty of care provisions under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to encompass...

      Illegal Imports (Animals/Endangered Species)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action her Department is taking to stop the illegal import of (a) animals and (b) endangered species into the United Kingdom.

      Landfill Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 10 March 2004, Official Report, column 1534W, on meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister on...

      Pharmaceutical Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the use of pharmaceutical crops.

      Pharmaceutical Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research into bio-pharmaceutical crops she has commissioned in the last five years; whether this research was carried...

      Pharmaceutical Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from companies proposing to plant genetically modified food crops for commercial scale...

      Pharmaceutical Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government's policy on pharmaceutical crops differs from its policy on other genetically modified crops.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the tonnage of household recycling was in 2002–03 of the 10 local authorities in England that achieved the (a)...

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the population in their domestic premises in Greater London has access to (a) mains sewerage systems, (b)...

      Ship Dismantling (Teesside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of the environmental assessment underlying the decision that dismantling of the US...

      Substitute Fuels Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures have been taken to consult the public over proposed amendments to the Environment Agency's Substitute Fuels...

      Substitute Fuels Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received to extend the consultation period for amendments to the Environment Agency's Substitute...

      Substitute Fuels Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will extend the consultation period for amendments to the Environment Agency's Substitute Fuels Protocol.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on (a) the positions taken by her delegation at the 12 Commission on Sustainable Development in...

      Two Tree Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which councils and bodies are responsible for monitoring pollution on Two Tree Island in the constituencies of Castle...

      Warm Front

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

      Warm Front

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

      Water Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department intends to hold a public consultation on the recommendations of the Report commissioned by her...

      Water Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to her Department has been of commissioning the PricewaterhouseCoopers report on the structure of the Consumer...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Processing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets are in place for the length of time taken to process asylum claims; when these targets were introduced; and which Minister in...

    • Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the level of ballistic protection provided by (a) HG1 and (b) HG1A body armour.

      Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he was informed (a) that Highmark Manufacturing Co Ltd. had changed the specification of its KCW223 model of body armour and (b) that...

      Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (a) which police forces and (b) how many police officers are using body armour supplied by Highmark Manufacturing Co Ltd. that does not meet...

      Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long police forces have been using body armour supplied by Highmark Manufacturing Co Ltd. that does not meet the protective HG1/KR2...

      Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long police forces were using HG1A body armour before it was approved by his Department; and what action his Department is taking to...

      Care Custody System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Care Custody computer system to be fully operational throughout England and Wales.

      Care Custody System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) the Care Custody computer system will contain all data held in England and Wales regarding an individual and (b) the information...

      Care Custody System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what timescale targets he intends to set for the input of data into the Care Custody system regarding custody decisions, bail and court decisions.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he intends to reply to the letter to him from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, dated 19 February, with regard to...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings Ministers have had with their counterparts from (a) Sweden, (b) Greece, (c) Belgium, (d) Denmark, (e) Finland, (f) Spain, (g)...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what public funds were spent on tackling drugs misuse in Oldham, West and Royton in (a) 1997–98 and (b) 2003–04.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what public funds were spent on tackling drugs misuse in South Ribble in (a) 1997–98 and (b) 2003–04.

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many administrators were involved, and at what cost, in each police authority, to deal with the paperwork resulting from emergency police...

      European Communities Association Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Ministers in his Department were informed of the letter from the UK Vice Consul in Bulgaria to the Home Office Business case Unit, of...

      Explanatory Notes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the Department did not make explanatory notes available on the day a Bill was published in the last two years; and what...

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the outline business case and financial analysis of the privatisation of the Forensic Science Service will be published.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times since July 2003 he has met trade unions representing the Forensic Science Service workforce to discuss the future of the Service.

      Immigration (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions have been held between his Department and the Police Service of Northern Ireland regarding immigration irregularities in (a)...

      North London Mosque

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on (a) the policing of street preaching outside North London Central Mosque and (b) monitoring the compliance of...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 4 May 2004, Official Report, column 1398W, on road traffic offences, if he will list the centres at which...

      Speed Camera (Grape's Hill)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the total value of fines levied as a result of the speed camera at Grape's Hill in Norwich from its...

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Perth (Annabelle Ewing) of 17 March 2004, Official Report, column 354W, on Tetra, if he will...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Environmental Performance

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will place in the Library a copy of the review of environmental performance, which the...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Infant Deaths

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on the progress of the Attorney-General's review into infant deaths following the Cannings Judgment.

  • Treasury

    • Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the change in the incidence of cancer in each region since the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

    • Coalminers' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the National Audit Office (a) has made and (b) has been asked to make of the loss to the taxpayer from double charging by solicitors under...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use of ion scanners is made by HM Customs and Excise.

      Departmental Expenditure (Entertainment)

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

      Financial Services and Markets Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans he has to review the conduct of the scheme operated under section 225 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000; (2) if he will order...

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of Iraq's external debt.

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of Iraq's (a) gross national product and (b) income to the state in 2004–05.

      IT Equipment

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

      Job Vacancies

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

      Job Vacancies

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

      Unemployment

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

  • Wales

    • Advisers/Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on external consultants and advisers in each of the last three years.

    • Health Service Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to his oral answer of 5 May 2004, Official Report, column 1329, on health service funding, if he will list the 10 hospitals which are planned or...

      Nuclear Power Plants (Air Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Defence and (b) the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales on emergency...

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what his policy is for (a) increasing the productivity and (b) cutting the costs of his Department.

      Timber

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

  • Cabinet Office

    • Panel for Regulatory Accountability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to his answers of 4 May 2004, Official Report, columns 1444W and 1404–405W, on the Panel for Regulatory Accountability, who the chairman...

    • Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many regulatory impact statements have been brought to his attention in the last 12 months, with particular reference to the Evaluation of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) unemployment claimants and (b) job vacancies there were in each region of the UK in each of the last 12 months.

    • Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he last met members of the Health and Safety Executive; and what was discussed.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when the Jobcentre Plus Provider Liaison Group was formed; (2) who the members are of the Jobcentre Plus Provider Liaison Group; (3)...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 23 April 2004, Official Report, column 709W, on pension forecasts, how many (a) employers and (b) pension providers...

      Sure Start Maternity Grant

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

  • International Development

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for International Development, what support is being provided for the rebuilding of Iraq.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on current levels of (a) power generation, (b) water provision and (c) infrastructure construction in Iraq;...

      Development Financing

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for International Development, if he will make a statement on mechanisms for financing development.

      Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for International Development, if he will make a statement on the future programme of the Commission for Africa.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for International Development what assistance his Department is making available this financial year to Sudan.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for International Development if he will make a statement on the development of irrigation systems in Ethiopia.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for International Development if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Malawi.

      Development (School Involvement)

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for International Development what support his Department is giving to projects designed to strengthen school involvement in raising awareness of...

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the new Commission for Africa regarding the debt burden on Africa.

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to assist the Government of Angola in preparing for forthcoming elections.

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what efforts have been made by his Department in the last two years to work with civil society in Angola on transparency issues; and...

      Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the latest proportion is of births assisted by skilled birth attendants in each of the countries covered by his Public Service...

      Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has received about the role of child-to-child clubs in Kenya in highlighting the phenomenon of female genital...

      Occupied Palestinian Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for International Development pursuant to the statement of 29 April 2004, Official Report, column 372WH, on the Occupied Palestinian Territories, when he...

      Occupied Palestinian Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the statement of 29 April, Official Report, column 372WH, on the Occupied Palestinian Territories, what funding and support...

      Occupied Palestinian Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the statement of 29 April, Official Report, column 372WH, on the Occupied Palestinian Territories, what funding and support...

      Pipeline Revenues

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what safeguards are in place to ensure that revenues received by the countries through which the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline runs will...

      Sexual and Reproductive Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) when he will report progress on the Millennium Development Goal for the reduction in the proportion of 15 to 24-year-old pregnant...

      Small Arms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the progress of the National Small Arms Action Plans in Southern African countries.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on his Department's sustainable development strategy.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many representations his Department has received in 2004 on political manipulation of EU-funded food aid by the Zimbabwean...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the British negotiating position was with regard to the recent European Union discussions on the subject of lifting the EU...

    • Clemency Pleas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on behalf of how many British citizens he has made pleas for clemency, broken down by country, since 1997.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he intends to reply to the letter of 12 December 2003, from the hon. Member for Aylesbury, on behalf of Mrs. R. H. of...

      Green Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in the last three months in that capacity; and what meetings his...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Government first indicated that the country of source for the uranium source in Africa by Iraq was Niger.

      Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will reopen discussions with Japan under Article 26 of the 1951 Peace Treaty; and if he will make a statement on the...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Road Map for peace; and what role the Government is playing in the initiative.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) Israeli and (b) Palestinian people to promote a peaceful settlement; and...

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress at the Preparatory Committee meeting for the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review...

      Nuclear Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to promote new legislation to tackle nuclear weapons proliferation and the involvement in it of UK citizens...

      Overseas Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what formal assistance his Department's overseas offices offer to UK-based recruitment agencies in the recruitment of education...

      Paper Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures he has put in place to ensure that his Department meets the quick win targets set by the Department for...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Sudan concerning (a) peace negotiations in the south of the country...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the peace process in Sudan.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department plans to contribute financially to the establishment of the second phase of the Central Point of...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his recent visit to the United Arab Emirates; and what plans there are for future ministerial...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Morocco encouraging co-operation with the Sahrawis.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the UK will press for an increase in the UN presence in the Western Sahara.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assurances have been given by the Moroccan Government regarding the safety of inhabitants of the Western Sahara.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the Government is taking to encourage Morocco to resolve the territorial dispute in Western Sahara.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Departmental Expenditure (Entertainment)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Department on official entertainment in each year from...

    • FOI Requests

      Tony Wright: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what charges will be made for information requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Mental Incapacity Bill

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the judgement given in the European Court of Human Rights on 9 March...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list visits made by each Minister in the Department between December 2003 and April 2004,...

      Referendums

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the total cost has been of holding referendums in the UK since 1997.

      Unmade Roads

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs who owns the unmade road at the bottom of Gordon Avenue and Harold Street in Queenborough, Isle of Sheppey.

  • Prime Minister

    • Advisers/Consultants

      To ask the Prime Minister how much his Office spent on (a) external consultants and (b) special advisers in each of the last three years.

    • Gec

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the dates of meetings he held with representatives of GEC in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999, broken down by subjects discussed.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his statement of 19 April 2004, Official Report, column 21, on Iraq and the Middle East peace process, whether the employment of civilian (a) contractors and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received from hon. Members, and when, concerning maltreatment of Iraqi detainees by US forces.

      Productivity

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

  • Northern Ireland

    • All-terrain Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to increase safety measures for the use of all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles; and if he will make a statement.

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the buildings occupied by his departmental and agency staff which require (a) remedial work on and (b) removal of asbestos; what...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of buildings occupied by (a) staff of the Department and (b) staff of the Department's executive agencies have been surveyed for...

      Contaminated Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons part 3 of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 has not yet been brought into operation; and if he will...

      Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost to (a) his Department, (b) the Northern Ireland Rate Collection Agency, (c) the Northern Ireland Valuation and Lands Agency and...

      Educational Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding he will make available to assist local authorities in the transition from a one year course to a three year doctorate for training...

      Employer Training Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether Northern Ireland has been included in the Employer Training Pilots.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to assist the farming community in Northern Ireland to promote greater availability of home grown produce to consumers.

      Ice Hockey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to promote the development of amateur ice hockey in Northern Ireland.

      Ice Hockey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Sports Council for Northern Ireland officially recognises any body governing ice hockey.

      Illegal Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the amount of illegal fuel smuggled into Northern Ireland in 2003.

      Members' Salary/Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total (a) salary and (b) allowances available to an hon. Member who is also a Member of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly are.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget was for casework of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in each year since its formation.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has supported on behalf of individuals in each year since its formation.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of each case supported by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in each year since its formation.

      Patient Exemption Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made towards meeting the targets for the reduction of patient exemption fraud in each Northern Ireland Health Board area;...

      Planning Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on the development of out-of-town supermarkets in Northern Ireland.

      Plastic Bullets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the effects of using (a) tasers and (b) other devices in place of plastic bullets.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost to public funds was of departmentally-related public bodies to which public appointments are made in Northern Ireland in...

      Rugby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what support the Government will provide to ensure the development of Ravenhill Rugby Ground to enable it to meet current standards.

      School Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the total amount of funding allocated to develop school travel plans in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years was; and how...

      Sport Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria are applied by the Sports Council in recognising a governing body for any sport when there is more than one potential candidate.

      Sporting Venues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what support he is providing to ensure that Casement Park remains a venue for Gaelic games.

      Translink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new buses were purchased by Translink for use in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Women's Aid Helpline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether funding will be provided to ensure the continued operation of the Women's Aid 24-hour helpline; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • Aylesbury Southern Distributor Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of whether the proposed Aylesbury southern distributor road should (a) be a dual carriageway, (b) be on an embankment and...

    • Aylesbury Southern Distributor Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of the Aylesbury southern-distributor road proposed in the Cross-Government Statement on the draft Milton Keynes...

      Bus Partnership Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what activities have been undertaken by the Bus Partnership Forum; and how often it has met in each year since its creation.

      Bus Partnership Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) expenditure and (b) administration costs of the Bus Partnership Forum were for each year since 1997.

      Bus Stops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of bus stops in (a) rural and (b) urban areas outside London have real time bus information.

      Car Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding has been given by his Department, and its predecessors, in each year since 1997 towards the (a) development and (b) promotion of (i)...

      Car Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the average occupancy of motor vehicles for each year since 1997.

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress of the Government's strategy for crime prevention on public transport.

      Delegated Examiner Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the inspection and supervisory regime is for (a) institutions and organisations and (b) individuals who carry out delegated examiner tests;...

      Driving Test Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which driving test centres have refused to accept candidates because of a lack of capacity at the centre within (a) nine weeks, (b) 12 weeks and...

      Home Zone Challenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authorities applied for funding under the Home Zone Challenge scheme; and how much each authority received.

      Home Zone Challenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures his Department have put in place to ensure that money given under the Home Zone scheme (a) achieves value for money and (b) meets the...

      Light Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to encourage (a) local authorities, (b) private sector bodies and (c) organisations and institutions involved in...

      Light Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which light rail systems that share road space with road traffic have priority over road traffic; (2) what assessment his Department has made of...

      Light Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate his Department has made of the amount of heavy rail track still in use that would be suitable for shared use by light rail systems;...

      Light Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what common safety and operational regulations are applied to heavy and light rail projects concerning dangers to pedestrians and motorists.

      Light Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authorities have indicated to his Department that they are actively considering building tram and light rail systems.

      Local Transport Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the 19 major local transport schemes referred to on page 19 of his Department's Annual Report 2003; and how much funding each received.

      Motorway Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many unused and obsolete bridges are in place over motorways in England and Wales; if he will list their locations and who is responsible for each...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) departmental officials have met representatives of Network Rail to discuss the industrial...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many (a) Ordinary Written and (b) Named Day Questions his Department received in (i) 2002–03 and (ii) this parliamentary session,...

      Public Transport (Wirral, South)

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

      Public Transport (Wirral, South)

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

      Rail Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what costs have been incurred by the Strategic Rail Authority in respect of the tendering process for the Integrated Kent Franchise; and what the...

      Rail Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether a public sector comparator will be undertaken to establish whether South Eastern train passenger services could be provided more economically...

      Rail Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have met representatives of the (i) Stagecoach Group and (ii) other private train operators...

      Rail Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has received a report from the Strategic Rail Authority on the discussions that have taken place between the Chair of the Authority and the...

      Railway Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many crimes were (a) reported and (b) subsequently led to a conviction (i) on trains, (ii) at stations and (iii) on railway property in each year...

      Railway Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many individuals working on the railways have been the victim of a crime while at work in each year since 1997.

      Railway Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many acts of vandalism were reported on railway property in each year since 1997.

      Railway Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many crimes were committed in railway stations in each year since 1997.

      Railway Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) train and (b) station staff were attacked in each year since 2000.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects that the Strategic Rail Authority will have developed the November 2005 Performance Trajectory with the train operating companies and...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he expects the Strategic Rail Authority to achieve delivery of the Train Operating Company operational performance trajectory projections for...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the railway and land sites which have been identified by the Strategic Rail Authority as being suitable for disposal since 2002.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he envisages the full restoration of passenger rail services between Coventry and Nottingham.

  • Education and Skills

    • Education Services (South Ribble)

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

    • Education Services (South Ribble)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many and what percentage of 11-year old pupils in South Ribble reached Level 4 in (a) mathematics and (b) English in each of the...

      Education Services (South Ribble)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in South Ribble on the last date for which figures are available; and what steps he is taking to...

      Adult Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of progress in meeting his Department's target to improve adult literacy and numeracy skills.

      Adult Literacy and Numeracy

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

      Adult Literacy and Numeracy

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

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many residents of Liverpool, Walton have secured apprenticeships in each year from 1997 to 2003.

      Apprenticeships

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

      Care NVQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places are available on the NVQ level 2 course to study care (a) in England and (b) broken down by region; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in the last three months in that capacity; (2) what meetings his...

      Education Circulars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the circular documents that were sent by (a) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, (b) Ofsted and (c) his Department...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what cost estimate his Department has made of the educational maintenance allowance over the next three years.

      Education Services (Bootle)

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

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes he has made to the fee structure for Level 2 courses in further education; and what steps he is taking to ensure the...

      Higher Education (Preston)

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

      Learn Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the annual cost to his Department for its contract with Learn Direct is.

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on success rates of (a) the North London Learning and Skills Council and (b) the Learning and Skills Councils in...

      Level 4 (Bootle)

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

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact of changing the basis of school funding from the periods coterminous with the Government and local...

      School Standards Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what grants for primary and secondary schools have been available through the Standards Fund since its creation; and on what date each was...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate the cost of reducing the three-mile limit for free travel to secondary schools to two miles; and if he will make a statement.

      Post-16 Education/Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of those aged 16 to 18 years are (a) unemployed, (b) in training, (c) in work and (d) in full-time education, broken down by...

      Sustainable Development Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made with his Department's Sustainable Development Strategy.

      Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 14 and 15-year-olds were studying for vocational qualifications in each year since 2001.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 14 and 15-year-olds are studying for (a) NVQs and (b) vocational GCSEs.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many men (a) requested and (b) received paternity pay prior to 6 April 2003 in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) region and (ii) income.

    • Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many men took (a) parental leave and (b) time off for dependants in each year since 1997 prior to 6 April 2003, broken down by (i) region...

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many women have taken (a) ordinary maternity leave and (b) additional maternity leave (i) in each year since 1997 up until April 2003 and...

      British Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Department has been given Treasury approval to retain surpluses payable to it out of the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme during the...

      Business (South Ribble)

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

      Business (South Ribble)

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

      Business Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total (a) staff numbers and (b) resource budget of the Departmental Regulatory Impact Unit has been since its inception.

      Businesses (Sittingbourne and Sheppey)

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

      Care Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health about the impact of flexible working for carers on the demand for paid...

      Care Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what definition he will use of the term carer in relation to the planned introduction of the right to flexible working for carers; and...

      Corporate Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many FTSE 250 companies have recruited at least one non-executive director from the not-for-profit sector.

      Corporate Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the change in proportion of non-executive directors of FTSE 250 companies following the publication of the...

      Corporate Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has for promoting a register of talented candidates from the not-for-profit sector for consideration for non-executive director...

      Corporate Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many FTSE 250 companies publish their recruitment procedures for non-executive directors; and what plans she has to encourage such publication.

      Corporate Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to provide a deadline by which FTSE 250 companies should publish their recruitment procedures for non-executive directors.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she intends to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 25 March with regard to Jenny Edwards.

      Electricity Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2004, Official Report, column 501W, on the electricity network, how many warnings have been issued by...

      Energy Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what percentage of households with electricity accounts she estimates the regulator has been successful in enforcing Standard Licence...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with energy companies about the integrity and security of supply; and if she will make a statement.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how long the consultation period on the proposals to prohibit the possession of fireworks was.

      Insolvency Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what powers the Insolvency Service's Prosecution Section has to investigate people in breach of (a) disqualification orders and (b) bankruptcy...

      Insolvency Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many calls have been received by the Disqualified Directors Hotline of the Insolvency Service's Prosecution Section in the last 12 months;...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what meetings she has held with trustees of the Mineworkers Pension Scheme in the last year; when the meetings were held; and...

      National Minimum Wage

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

      National Minimum Wage

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

      National Minimum Wage

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

      National Minimum Wage

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

      Businesses (Huntingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new businesses started up in Huntingdon constituency in each year since 1997.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with British Energy about extending the life of Dungeness B nuclear power station; and if she will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many (a) Ordinary Written and (b) Named Day Questions her Department received in (i) the 2002–03 and (ii) this parliamentary...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices were closed in each of the past three years up to March in (a) the East of England, (b) Suffolk and (c) the...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) Post Office, (b) Royal Mail and (c) Government functions are (i) provided by all sub-post offices, (ii) provided by some sub-post...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the decision to turn Taunton Crown Post Office into a SPAR store with post office facilities was taken; and if she will make a statement.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultation took place between the Government and the main clearing banks prior to the introduction of the Post Office card accounts;...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 28 April 2004, Official Report, columns 1163–64W, on rural post offices, for what reasons she will not publish...

      Radio Frequency Identifiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the likely change in the number of jobs in the retail sector as a result of the implementation of radio...

      Regulatory Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the progress of the (a) measures in the Regulatory Reform Action Plan and (b) regulatory reform orders which...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research she has commissioned on the balance between profit and investment associated with renewable energy development.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on renewable energy.

      Scottish Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she last met representatives of Scottish Power Plc; who was present; and what was on the agenda for discussion.

      Social Chapter

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

      Timber

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

      Travel Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make it her policy to require travel firms not bonded with ABTA or ATOL to display this information when advertising their services.

      Vat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses have (a) registered and (b) deregistered for VAT in each year since 1997 in each local authority area in East Sussex.

      Work-Life Balance Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the findings were of the second Work-Life Balance study's accompanying employee survey report.

      Workers' Rights (South Ribble)

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

      Workers' Rights (South Ribble)

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

      Workers' Rights (South Ribble)

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

  • Health

    • Abortions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of an NHS abortion was in each of the past three years; and what the total cost of NHS provision of abortions was in each year.

    • Blood Transfusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work is being undertaken by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence into the most efficient use of alternatives to blood transfusions in the NHS.

      Breast Cancer (Preston)

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

      Care Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of home care workers who have (a) obtained and (b) have yet to obtain NVQ level 2 in care.

      Care Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the availability of courses in NVQ level 2 in care; and if he will make a statement.

      Catheter Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many catheter laboratories there are at Manchester Royal Infirmary; when the last new one was opened; how many patients were treated in its first 12...

      Chief Medical Officer's Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the reasons are for the delay in the publication of the report on health and activity written by the Chief Medical Officer and due to be...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take further measures to increase the availability of NHS dentistry.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is taking to improve NHS dentistry for pensioners in Gloucester.

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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;...

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when digital hearing aids will be available on the NHS in the constituency of Blackpool, North and Fleetwood.

      Drug Addicts

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

      Exubera Inhaler

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Exubera inhaler will gain a certificate of a medicinal product and become available on the NHS to diabetics.

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is towards local food chain procurement; and what attempts he has made to amend his Department's competitive tendering rules.

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is towards special dietary provision by health trusts with reference to (a) halal, (b) kosher and (c) vegan diets.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average cost of each patient consultation to a general practitioner and (b) average (i) hourly and (ii) daily cost to the NHS of a general...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) under what circumstances a general practitioner may make a charge to patients for signing official documents; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much income general practitioners lost in 2003–04 owing to not meeting specific targets imposed on them by his Department in each of the last...

      Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial support is given to train guide dogs for the blind.

      Health Checks (Over-75s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what tests are contained in the general practitioner health check for all patients aged 75 or over who request it and have not had a consultation within...

      Health Directorates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each local health directorate in England the number of (a) men and (b) women elected.

      Health Services

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

      Health Services

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

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many inpatients in Crosby had to wait more than (a) three, (b) six, (c) nine and (d) 12 months for treatment in each year since 1997; and what the...

      Health Services

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

      Health Services

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

      Health Services

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

      Hospitals (Bedside Televisions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department intends to take to resolve the problems in some hospitals where bedside televisions cannot be switched off.

      Immigrant Medical Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which bodies have had the prime responsibility for making available medical staff to support local authorities in their functions related to the Control...

      Internet Medicine Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list websites which have been (a) closed and (b) required to amend their web pages by their internet service providers following...

      Mobile Telecommunication Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to undertake further research into the health effects of G3 technology mobile telecommunication masts.

      National Service Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress towards the National Framework milestone for primary care group and primary care trust schemes for older people to...

      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 single integrated community services.

      Neurosurgical Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many neurosurgical trainees who were awarded their Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training more than six months ago have not yet received a...

      NHS Land Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the sale of surplus NHS land within the Northumbria NHS Trust area.

      NHS Land Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what conditions attach to the receipt of the proceeds of sale of the surplus NHS land to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; (2) what...

      NHS Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of whether NHS organisations adhere to the Code of Practice on Ethical Recruitment in the granting of work permits to foreign...

      NHS Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the extent to which medical professionals from EU accession countries after 1 May will help to fill vacancies...

      NHS Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS therapists for children with disabilities in mainstream schools have been recruited in the last three years; how many additional training...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the hon. Member for Richmond Park will receive an answer to her questions regarding the use of Thimerosal, tabled on 22 March.

      Patient Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of patient forums in representing the interests of patients following the abolition of community health...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press officers were employed in his Department in each year from 1990–91 to 2003–04; what the total cost was in each year; and if he...

      QA Business Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what action he is taking to complete the compensation calculations in respect of former employees of QA Business Services to achieve final...

      Rheumatological/Musculoskeletal Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of hospital trusts provide access to a multidisciplinary team for patients with rheumatological conditions; (2) what steps are...

      Royal Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of those classified as (a) senior managers, (b) managers, (c) clerical staff and (d) administrative staff within the NHS are eligible to join a...

      Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of a (a) MRI scanner and (b) CT scanner.

      Solvent Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children were treated for solvent abuse in each of the last seven years; (2) what the average waiting time is for children requiring...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of tuberculosis there were in Greater London, broken down by national health service trust, in each year since 1997.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of people eligible for the BCG inoculation in Greater London, broken down by national health service trust, received it in...

      Waiting Lists/Times

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

      Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there is a shortage of serum for (a) measles, (b) mumps and (c) rubella for children whose parents opt for individual inoculations; and if he will...

      Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what analysis he has made of the potential link between the use of mercury-based whooping cough vaccines and the incidence of autism; and if he will make...

  • House of Lords

    • Special European Union Programmes Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To whom the Special European Programmes Body allocated peace funding during 2003; for what purpose; what percentage was allocated in Northern Ireland; and whether...

    • Immigration Appeals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Administrative Court of the Queen's Bench Division will accelerate decision-making on Immigration Appeals, particularly bearing in mind the current workload.

      Olympic Games 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they are having with the Greek Government and the organisers of the 2004 Olympic Games with a view to sending armed police or other security...

      Taiwan: World Health Organisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will support the admission of Taiwan with observer status to the World Health Organisation at the World Health Assembly in Geneva in May.

      Taiwan: World Health Organisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the United States administration regarding the admission of Taiwan to the World Health Organisation with observer status.

      Tristan da Cunha: Post and Supplies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the arrangements for the inhabitants of Tristan da Cunha to receive post and supplies from the rest of the world.

      Afghanistan: UN Assistance Mission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the ratio of police officers to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan staff, observers and officials; and whether they consider this...

      Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they give to parents who are precluded from working with children because their children have been put on "at risk" registers as a result of evidence...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of reported approaches to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation by the Greek Government, seeking additional security protection for the 2004 Olympic...

      Labour Market Conditions: Ethnic Minorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Commission for Racial Equality was consulted before a decision was taken to reduce the amount of information provided by the Office for National...

      Export Subsidies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the decision of the World Trade Organisation on American export subsidies of cotton; and whether they will use the decision to speed up...

      Work at Height Regulations: Mountaineering and Similar Activities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In which member states European Council Directive 2001/45/EC (Temporary Work at Height) is being applied to mountaineering, hill walking, abseiling, rock climbing,...

      34 Second Fuel Oil

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they keep figures on the total amount of 34 second fuel oil that is used as red diesel and the proportions used in agriculture, in the heating of...

      Business: Regulation and Taxation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether business regulations has grown since they took office in 1997; and, if so by what factor; and What are the extra costs on business since 1997 by way of (a)...

      Gulf War 1990–91: Vaccines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information the Department of Health has on potential adverse consequences for individual service men and women involved in the 1990–91 Gulf conflict as...

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