Written answers

Thursday, 13 May 2004

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fraudulent Compensation Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what procedures exist to prosecute fraudulent farmers who make claims for compensation from the European Union for sheep...

    • Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what studies she has undertaken to evaluate the risk of additional transportation of hazardous waste as a result of the...

      British Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the health of Britain's wild animals.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she intends to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 25 March with regard to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she intends to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 5 April with regard to Mr....

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the production of her Department's latest annual report cost; how many copies were printed; how many copies of it...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2004, Official Report, column 861W, on fisheries, which member states have (a) an historic...

      Milton Keynes and South Midlands Sub-regional Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans (a) her Department and (b) the Environment Agency have for new water and sewerage infrastructure to serve the...

      Woodcraft Folk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether any of the Department's (a) present and (b) previous staff are members of the Friends of the Woodcraft Folk.

      Woodcraft Folk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions have been held between her officials and Chichester district council about the Woodcraft Folk.

  • Leader of the House

    • Early Retirement

      To ask the Leader of the House how many employees in his Office took early retirement, and at what total cost, in the last financial year.

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the United States Administration, and with whom, on the cases of abuse that have taken place against Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib...

  • Treasury

    • Children's Fund

      To ask The Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on his intentions for future funding for the children's fund.

    • Tax Burden

      To ask The Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the distributional impact of the tax burden projections contained in the Financial Statement and Budget Report.

      World Debt

      To ask The Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he held with international Finance Ministers on tackling world debt at the spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank.

      World Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what preparations he is making for discussions at the forthcoming meeting of the G7 Finance Ministers on tackling world debt.

      International Finance Facility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultations he has had with EU partners since 1 April regarding the international finance facility.

      International Finance Facility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made on the international finance facility as a result of spring meetings with the IMF and World Bank.

      House Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what economic instruments are available to him to moderate the rise in house prices.

      Fuel Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received concerning his proposed increase in fuel duty.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) consultation papers and (b) other documents issued by the Financial Services Authority in each of the last five years, broken down...

      Insurance Mediation Directive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on implementation of the EU Insurance Mediation Directive (a) in this country and (b) elsewhere in the EU; (2) what new...

      Labour Statistics (Bootle)

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

      Military Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many taxpayers have sought to divert or withhold the proportion of their contribution going to military expenditure in the last three years.

      Military Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representations entitled 'peace tax returns' have been received by the Treasury.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the current unneeded surplus is in the national insurance fund.

      Norwich Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Association of British Insurers in the last 12 months in relation to the service provided by Norwich Union to its...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what he estimates the cost would be to the Exchequer under its proposed reform of pension taxation of imposing no annual limit on pension savings in the...

      Stability and Growth Pact

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress is being made in discussions at a European level about the stability and growth pact.

      Statistics (Stockton, South)

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

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reduce VAT on devices which improve safety in the home.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Historical Papers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether all the documents relating to the murder of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson MP in 1922 are now in the public...

    • Historical Papers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether all official documents relating to Rudolf Hess are now in the public domain; and if he will make a statement.

      Historical Papers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs which documents relating to the late Duke of Windsor are withheld from public inspection in the Public Records Office,...

      Historical Papers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether all the documents relating to the death of the late Duke of Kent in 1942, with particular reference to the...

      Historical Papers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs which documents referring to personalities and events relating to the conflict in Ireland between 1919 and 1923 are...

      Historical Papers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs which documents relating to the Irish plenipotentiaries who negotiated the Treaty of 1921 with the United Kingdom...

      Historical Papers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs which documents that relate to Anthony Blunt are withheld from public inspection in the Public Record Office, broken down...

      British-Irish Council

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the role of the British-Irish Council is in monitoring and co-ordinating the implementation of the provisions of...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when he intends to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 25 March with regard to...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the dispute with the Bar over legal aid in criminal trials.

      Legal Aid (NHS Cases)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many (a) patients and (b) patients' families have received legal aid support for disputes with NHS trusts in the last...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Anti-social Behaviour

      To ask the Solicitor-General which areas will be covered by the new anti-social behaviour prosecutors; and what mechanisms are in place for spreading best practice in combating antisocial behaviour.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Regional Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding for tourism has been made available to each regional development agency (RDA) in the current year; and how much of this...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Disabled Facilities Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been carried out of the effectiveness of abolishing the Disabled Facilities Grant means test for children in Northern Ireland.

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) homeless and (b) other people living rough there are in Northern Ireland.

      Sports Grounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the status of the Safe Sports Grounds funding made available for essential health and safety work to stadia in...

  • Scotland

    • Chernobyl

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

    • Departmental Expenditure (Entertainment)

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

      Nuclear Power Plants (Air Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport in respect of the breach of the air exclusion zone around the Chapel Cross nuclear...

      Telephone Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department's expenditure on (a) fixed and (b) mobile telephones was in each of the last five years.

      Timber

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

  • Transport

    • British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many British Transport Police officers have been assaulted while on duty in each year since 1997.

    • Car Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what research his Department has conducted into car-sharing schemes; and if he will place copies of such research findings in the Library; (2)...

      Car Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the locations of high occupancy vehicle lanes are; and how long each lane is.

      Car Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has collated on the effectiveness of high occupancy vehicle lanes.

      Dual Carriageways (Nottinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the construction of the A46 dual carriageway improvement between Newark and Widmerpool in Nottinghamshire to begin.

      Dual Carriageways (Nottinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the construction of the A453 dual carriageway improvement between Clifton in Nottinghamshire and Kegworth to begin.

      East-West Rail Route

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the proposed Western Section (Oxford to Bedford) of the East-West Rail route.

      Light Rapid Transit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will make an announcement of his decision on the Light Rapid Transit project between Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth.

      London Underground PPP

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which management consultants undertook work for (a) his Department and its predecessor and (b) London Underground in respect of the London Underground...

      MOT Computerisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in the testing of the MOT computerisation system by VOSA and Siemens Business Systems.

      MOT Computerisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made with the planned two-month volunteer MOT trial at 50 garages.

      MOT Computerisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the MOT computerisation programme will be installed in 1,000 MOT garages as planned; when the service is due to go live; and when it will be...

      MOT Computerisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the planned series of MOT computerisation seminars will take place; and what these seminars are planned to do.

      Productivity and Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is for (a) increasing the productivity and (b) cutting the costs of (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies and non-departmental...

      Public Transport (Wirral, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the effect of investment in railway improvements over the next 10 years upon residents of Wirral South.

      Railway Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many crimes of a sexual nature were committed on the railways in each year since 1997.

      Railway Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many arrests have been made by the British Transport Police on railway property in each year since 1997.

      Railway Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many arrests have been made by the British Transport Police in each year since 1997 for suspected crimes committed on property other than the railways.

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many stations are not served by at least one train in each direction on one or more weekdays each week; (2) which stations are not served by...

      Railway Travel Bans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many individuals have been banned from travelling on the railways in each year since 1997.

      Rural Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the numbers of (i) rural bus services and (ii) rural bus passengers during the last five years.

      Rural Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much Government funding has been provided for rural bus services in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Rural Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the expected level of subsidy for rural bus services for future years.

      Shell Haven

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the risk relating to explosives remaining on the SS Richard Montgomery in the Thames from the possible operation of...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many special advisers and political advisers were employed by his Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cameras at legacy sites meet the Government's criteria for the siting of speed cameras; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money raised through speed cameras has been returned to the Treasury in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many legacy camera sites maintained cameras with film in them on 31 March.

      Timber

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

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action the Department is taking to implement the aid and assistance work it is undertaking with regard to the Second Primary...

    • Burma (EU Sanctions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact of EU sanctions on Burma.

      Child Mortality (Pakistan and India)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the latest under five mortality rate is in (a) Pakistan and (b) India.

      Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the budget is for the Commission for Africa, broken down by (a) staffing costs, (b) consultancy costs, (c) communication costs,...

      Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many people the Commission for Africa will employ when it is fully staffed; (2) how many people the Commission for Africa...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the outcomes were of the discussions that the Minister had with President Kabila, Vice President Ruberwa, Vice President Bemba and...

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many employees in his Department took early retirement, and at what total cost, in the last financial year.

      Education Workers (Overseas Recruitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department's overseas offices offer to UK-based recruitment agencies in the recruitment of education workers from...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received concerning the adequacy of firefighting outfits used by Iraqi firefighters; what assessment he has made of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what arrangements are in place for accountability of the Coalition Development Fund for Iraq; what demands for accountability have been...

      Iraq

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

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received about the current humanitarian situation in Iraq.

      Primary Schools (Pakistan and India)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the ratio is of girls to boys enrolled in primary school in (a) Pakistan and (b) India.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for what reasons there has been slippage on his Department's public service agreement target to increase the tuberculosis case...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the latest tuberculosis cure treatment rate is in each of the countries covered by his Public Service Agreement target.

      Turkey/Armenia Border

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the Department's assessment is of the economic development effects of the opening of the border between Turkey and Armenia for (a)...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the Department's most recent assessment is of the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Business Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 28 April 2004, Official Report, column 1151W, on business regulation, how many regulatory impact statements have...

    • Call Centre Industry

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

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with the governments of (a) Russia, (b) Algeria, (c) Qatar and (d) other countries, in connection with...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in agreeing the future financial governance of the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

      Invest-UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the resource budget of Invest-UK was in each year between 1999 and 2002.

      Miners' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average number of coal health compensation claims settled each month was in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales since the scheme...

      Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment she has received on the adequacy of protection measures against malevolent adversaries and terrorists at nuclear...

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices have been closed in (a) Cambridgeshire and (b) the constituency of Huntingdon in each year since 1997.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to make it obligatory for renewable energy developers to deliver community benefit.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to facilitate negotiations between renewable energy developers and local communities affected by wind farm...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the effect of trends in renewable energy upon residents in Wirral, South.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Accountancy Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst...

    • Deprivation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what arrangements are being made with (a) local authorities and (b) other agencies to publish by district council information on pockets of deprivation identified...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence and the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to ensure that fire services for which their...

      Grahame Park

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether Barnet council is meeting the terms of his Department's grant for neighbourhood wardens for Grahame Park; and if he will make a statement.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2004, Official Report, columns 1331–32W, on Green Belt, (1) if he will estimate how much land was used for such...

      Housing Stock Transfer

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proposals he has for bringing housing in local housing authorities where tenants have voted against stock transfers or Arms Length Management Organisations...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the standard spending assessment for youth and community in (a) Cambridgeshire and (b) the constituency of Huntingdon (i) was in each of the last five...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities have been capped in the last 25 years.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the standard spending assessment for youth and community services in Gloucestershire (a) was in each of the last four financial years and (b) is for...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list visits made by each Minister in the Department between December 2003 and April 2004, broken down by (a) date, (b) constituency visited and (c) cost.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest estimate is of the number and percentage of registered voters for the pending national election in each...

    • British Citizens (Imprisonment Abroad)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens were imprisoned abroad in each of the last three years, broken down by country of imprisonment.

      British Citizens (Imprisonment Abroad)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens were sentenced to life imprisonment abroad in each of the last three years, broken down by country of...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Department's assessment is of (a) the Burmese Government's seven point road map to democracy and (b) the proposed...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Department has had with the Burmese Government regarding the (a) recent opening of the National League for...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have taken place with the Burmese Government regarding the possible release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he intends to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 6 April with regard to Mr. Mehrat...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of policy entrants to his Department in each of the last five years attended public or independent schools.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who the members of the Departmental Board are, broken down by (a) gender, (b) race or ethnicity, (c) whether they attended...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government supports the establishment of a United Nations mediator to Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will encourage those responsible for the final Iraq constitution to amend the constitution so that the target of 25 per...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government has made to the Libyan Government concerning the sentencing to death of five Bulgarian...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have taken place with the Nigerian Government regarding the issue of people trafficking.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with EU partners on the situation in Darfur; and if he will make a statement.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the relationship between the Janjaweed militias and the Sudanese Government in Darfur.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent report commissioned by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent vote in the UN Human Rights Commission concerning the human rights situation in...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Department has had with the Syrian government regarding the recent arrest of the lawyer and human rights...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions the Department has had with the Vietnamese Government regarding human rights abuses against the Central...

  • Education and Skills

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding will be made available for the establishment of (a) Young Apprenticeships, (b) Pre-Apprenticeships, (c) Apprenticeships and...

    • Apprenticeships

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

      Bootle Schools

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

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many instances of bullying were recorded in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Brent in each year since 1997; and what the average...

      Class Sizes (Wigan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Wigan were taught in classes of more than 30 (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Classics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which secondary schools in the maintained sector in England offer (a) Ancient Greek and (b) Latin at A level.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills under what circumstances the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Higher Education received a copy of the letter written by the hon. Member...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will set out, with statistical information relating as closely as possible to the constituency of Ilford, North, the effect of his...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Newcastle East and Wallsend constituency, the...

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Education Services (Bootle)

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

      Education Statistics (Manchester)

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

      Education Statistics (Manchester)

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

      Free School Meals (Edmonton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children received free school meals in the constituency of Edmonton in (a) 1991–92, (b) 2001–02 and (c) 2003.

      GCSEs

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

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the GCSE results in the constituency of Edmonton were in (a) 1991–92, (b) 2001–02 and (c) 2003.

      GCSEs

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

      Higher Education (Specialist Courses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students enrolled on specialist textile and clothing education courses in universities and colleges in each of the last 15 years...

      Key Stage 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils achieved each level for (a) literacy and (b) numeracy at Key Stage 2 in each year since the introduction of SATs.

      Mayoral Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what dates (a) he and (b) his predecessor has held official meetings with the Mayor of London since July 2000; and what the subject of...

      Residential Experiences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his address to the NASUWT conference, if he will make a statement on funding support for residential experiences for school children.

      Safe Routes to Schools Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of schools (a) in Bolton, North East, (b) in Greater Manchester and (c) in England have implemented initiatives under the...

      School Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost was of outstanding repairs to school buildings identified by the 2003 Asset Management Survey; and when he will publish the...

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what reports he has received on the exclusion of disruptive children from schools during Ofsted inspections.

      School Locations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils live more than three miles away from the school that they attend, broken down by region.

      Schools (Outdoor Pursuits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he last discussed access to outdoor and adventurous activities for young people with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

      Schools (Outdoor Pursuits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to promote adventure holidays and outdoor pursuits in schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Secondary Schools (Cambridgeshire)

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

      Teacher Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers, (b) support staff and (c) teachers in secondary schools there were (i) in 1997 and (ii) on the latest date for...

      Teacher Workload

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the change in teacher workload since the publication of Red Tape and Bureaucracy in Schools; and what...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures are being taken in schools to (a) promote the safer sex message and (b) reduce unplanned pregnancies.

      Truancy (Nottinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average truancy rate for secondary schools in Nottinghamshire was in each of the last five years.

      Unemployed Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many graduates claimed unemployment benefit for (a) one to three months, (b) four to six months, (c) seven to nine months and (d) 10 to...

      Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) when his Department will agree the new criteria for degree-awarding powers and university title in England and Wales; (2) whether the...

      Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in reducing the number of adults without a NVQ level 2 or equivalent qualification by 2010; and if he will make...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Advisers/Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on external consultants and advisers in each of the last...

    • Benefit Claimants (Over-50s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of claimants of disability benefits aged between 50 and state pension age worked immediately prior to their claim, in each year...

      Carers' Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of abolishing the overlapping benefit rule in respect of carers' allowance for (a) women over 60...

      Departmental Annual Report

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

      Departmental Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been employed on 13 week casual appointments in his Department in the last 12 months, broken down by agency; and if he...

      Departmental Computers

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of his Department's staff earn less than two-thirds of male median earnings.

      Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of people are on disability benefits, broken down by (a) benefit and (b) region; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of maintaining his Department's website was in the last 12 months; how many staff are responsible for the maintenance of the...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will publish an assessment of the incapacity benefit pilots; and if he will make a statement.

      Occupational Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will fund compensation for members of occupational pension schemes who have suffered serious loss and will not be eligible for the...

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether (a) the Chairman, (b) the Chief Executive and (c) the staff of the Pension Protection Fund will be in pensionable employment liable for...

      Public Awareness Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what public awareness campaigns have been undertaken by his Department since 2001; and what the cost was of each.

      Unemployment Statistics (Over-50s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of people between the age of 50 and state pension age were not in work in each year since 1997, broken down...

      Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost of the websites of (a) his Department and (b) executive agencies of his Department was in the most recent year for which...

      Widows' Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the advice he gives to those (a) public and (b) private pension schemes which will allow a recipient to keep a...

  • Defence

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there will be apprenticeships in the Royal Navy in the future; and if he will make a statement.

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Government's relationship with BAE Systems; and what assessment he has made of the ways in which it can be improved.

      Civilian Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian staff are employed (a) by Ministry of Defence Trading Funds and (b) as Royal Fleet Auxiliaries; how many of his Department's civilian...

      Defence Medal Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many staff are employed at defence medal offices, broken down by (a) sex and (b) those employed on a (i) permanent, (ii) fixed-term and (iii)...

      Defence Medal Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the timetable is for the closure of the Army Medal Office in Droitwich Spa; (2) if he will make a statement on his plans to minimise...

      Defence Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list all (a) category A, (b) category B and (c) category C projects of his Department that have achieved their in-service date since 31 March...

      Departmental Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list place in the Library copies of the annual report and accounts for the (a) Fleet Air Arm Museum, (b) Royal Marines Museum, (c) Royal Naval...

      Equipment Service Dates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the forecast in-service date was on 31 March 1997 for the Advanced Air-Launched Anti-Armour Weapon; (2) what the forecast in-service date was...

      Royal Naval Engineering Artificer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the title of Royal Naval Engineering Artificer is to be replaced by Engineering Technician; and whether there will be a change in the...

      Saudi Armed Forces Project Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions have taken place between BAE Systems and the Department regarding the Saudi Armed Forces Project office of the Ministry of Defence...

      Support Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the reliability of the Oshkosh support vehicles currently deployed in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Sustainable Development

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

      Sustainable Development

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

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total strength of the Territorial Army was on 1 May; how many of its members are deployed abroad; and in which countries.

      Timber

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

      Weapons Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) his Department, (b) non-departmental public bodies or executive agencies responsible to his Department and (c) consultants contracted to his...

      Young Service Personnel (Deaths)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the UK armed forces under the age of 18 have died while serving in each of the last 10 years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Buckingham Palace Garden Parties

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to his answer of 26 April, to Question ref 168814, on garden parties, whether an exception has been made in the last 10 years to the policy of...

    • Green Minister

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the meetings his Department has been present at regarding the delivery of sustainable development across Government as coordinated by...

      Recycled Paper

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

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what consultations have been conducted by the Shareholder Executive on corporate finance and governance; and which of these consultations have been...

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) resource budget, (b) administration cost and (c) staff numbers of the Shareholder Executive were for 2003–04; and when the annual...

      Timber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the Office plans to contribute financially to the establishment of the second phase of the Central Point of Expertise on Timber.

  • Home Department

    • Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to bring the number of employees from ethnic minority backgrounds in (a) the Police Service and (b) the judiciary...

    • Active Communities Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who the recipients of grants made by the Active Communities Unit were in (a) 2003–04 and (b) in each of the previous five years.

      Active Communities Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Active Communities Unit's budget is for 2004–05.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) anti-social behaviour orders, (b) curfew orders and (c) other measures have been used to ban individuals from railway stations...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued against businesses in each of the last five years, broken down by region.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what factors prevent his Department from removing failed asylum seekers from the UK to (a) Afghanistan, (b) Iraq, (c) Somalia, (d)...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to ensure asylum decisions affecting nationals of EU accession countries, including outstanding cases where an...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have (a) applied for and (b) been refused help under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have applied for judicial review in the last 12 months; and how many have been (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful in...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Immigration and Nationality Directorate caseworkers dealt with asylum claims in each of the past three years; what the (a) target...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU citizens have been removed from the United Kingdom in each year since 1997 in circumstances where they are deemed to be unable to...

      Brain Fingerprinting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 5 May 2004, Official Report, column 1541W, on brain fingerprinting, if he will evaluate the effectiveness of brain...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 5 April with regard to Mrs. Rahmat Bibi.

      Crime

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

      Crime

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

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change since 1997 is in West Lancashire in (a) overall recorded crime, (b) violent crime, (c) burglaries and (d) vehicle...

      Crimes Against Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the prosecutions brought as a result of National Criminal Intelligence Service operations in the last 10 years related to...

      Crimes Against Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on which dates he met small and medium sized enterprises and manufacturers to discuss crimes against business in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003...

      Departmental Response Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) Written Answers, (b) replies to hon. Members' written correspondence and (c) public correspondence with his Department...

      Entry Clearance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Statement of 30 March, Official Report, column 1433, on entry clearance standards, whether (a) the hotline and (b) the...

      Hirst v. UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he proposes to take in response to the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Hirst v. United Kingdom...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many biometric identifiers will be used on national identity cards.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the relationship between the proposed National Identity Register and the proposed population register.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) preparatory work and (b) testing he is planning to assess the (i) requirements for the design of identity cards and (ii)...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the application process for identity cards will be (a) monitored and (b) assessed.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what alternative eye technologies his Department investigated before concluding that the iris should form the basis for an identity card.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which companies are being considered as potential suppliers of systems for issuing identity cards.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the categories of private sector organisations that will be able to apply for accreditation to access the National Identity...

      Identity Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the international standards of biometric data were agreed; and how many countries have agreed them.

      Identity Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what standards the new passport biometrics will be required to meet; and whether they are compliant with US standards.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place for staff in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to raise matters of concern with (a) their superiors...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he proposes to ensure that information stored on the National Identity Register concerning and individuals' address is up-to-date.

      Online Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information is available online giving guidance to people from EU accession states on living and working legally in the UK.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers were employed by the Metropolitan Police on 1 January 2004.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fully qualified police officers were employed by the Metropolitan police on (a) 1 May 1997 and (b) 1 January.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the total Metropolitan police uniformed force is accounted for by police community support officers.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) traffic police, (b) mounted police, (c) police dog handlers, (d) armed response team officers and (e) Criminal Investigation...

      Police

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

      Racial Equality Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the racial equality councils that have been successful in securing section 44 funding; and what the total funding allocation was.

      Racial Equality Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many racial equality councils are estimated to be in danger of closure as a result of recent allocations of Commission for Racial...

      Racial Equality Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the Commission for Racial Equality has decided to grant its section 44 funding to groups other than racial equality councils.

      Racial Equality Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications were received for Commission for Racial Equality section 44 funding in each of the last five bid rounds.

      Small Retailers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much has been spent through the Small Retailers in Deprived Areas initiative in each year since 2001, broken down by region; (2)...

      Stolen Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the role of (a) pawnbrokers and (b) shops dealing in second hand goods in providing a market for stolen goods;...

      Stolen Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to make the drivers of stolen vehicles that have been immobilised remotely and which...

      Stowaways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of undetected stowaways entering the UK in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Wormwood Scrubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures have been taken to identify and interview members of staff of HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs who were employed in the months leading...

  • Health

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines his Department issues for experimentation on non-human primates in order to improve cures to illnesses shared by primates and humans;...

    • Baby Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what evidence he has collated of a link between consumption of high sugar content baby foods and obesity in children; and if he will make a...

      Bounty Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Bounty packs were distributed to new mothers within maternity units in Britain in each year since 1995.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many anonymous complaints about care homes have been received since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff (Drugs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of his Department's employees received counselling for drug use in 2003.

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many administrators are involved, and at what annual cost in each trust, in dealing with the resulting paperwork from emergency service staff...

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Home Affairs on the annual cost to health trusts of dealing with the paperwork...

      Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the pay gap between men and women employed by his Department and its agencies in (a) Southampton, (b) Eastleigh, (c)...

      Gloucestershire Tri-Service Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money was spent on setting up the Gloucestershire Tri-Service Centre at Quedgley; when it became fully operational; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the effect on residents of Manchester, Gorton of the Health Development Agency;

      Health Funding (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public funding has been spent on health in Manchester, Gorton in each of the last seven years.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Oldham, West and Royton are receiving drug treatment.

      Health Services

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

      Health Services

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

      Health Services

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

      Health Services

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

      Health Services

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

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on NHS waiting times for heart surgery in Oldham, West and Royton.

      Health Services

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

      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 Oldham, West and Royton in the past five years.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many rapid access chest pain clinics there are in Oldham, West and Royton.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there is a diagnostic and treatment centre located in Oldham, West and Royton.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS beds were available in Oldham, West and Royton in each year since 1997.

      Health Services

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

      Health Services

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

      Health Services

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

      Health Services

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

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of suspected cancer patients in South Ribble 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 South Ribble.

      Health Services

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

      Health Services

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

      Health Services

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

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are being made for the funding and delivery of photo dynamic therapy treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration in the Peninsula...

      Me

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve the provision of essential services for severely affected sufferers of ME.

      Milton Keynes and South Midlands Sub-regional Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which (a) individuals and (b) organisations will be consulted by those charged with carrying out the studies commissioned by the Milton Keynes and...

      Official Meetings (Mayor of London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what dates (a) he and (b) his predecessors have held official meetings with the Mayor of London since July 2000; and what the subject of each...

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out his policy for increasing the productivity and cutting the costs of his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

      Radiation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential health risk from exposure to low-level (a) ionising and (b) non-ionising radiation; and if he will make a...

      Sexual Health/HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV; and what assessment he has made of its impact on the sexual health of...

      Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on ensuring that there is an adequate provision of serum for children whose parents opt for individual inoculations rather than the...

  • House of Lords

    • Irish Language Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the grant scheme for the Irish Language Agency was approved by the North/South Ministerial Council.

    • Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: (a) why the Secretary of State has not filled vacancies on the commission, including some dating back...

      Ulster Scots Academy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 6 April (WA 219) concerning consultants employed by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and...

      Residential Property

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What statistical series they use to assess the responsiveness and stability of the residential investment market; and what is their estimate of the change of net...

      Electoral Register

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the statutory basis for the disqualification of a registered voter; what are the criteria for such disqualification; and what procedure of appeal exists...

      Electoral Register

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the procedure for disqualifying registered voters; and how is the process regulated.

      Electoral Register

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What criteria are used in determining whether someone with a learning disability is incapable of voting and should therefore be taken off the electoral register.

      Electoral Register

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether disqualified people are subject to any form of testing or qualifying procedure to have their name put back on the electoral register.

      Midwives: Independent Practitioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many midwives are practising independently; and what difficulties they experience in obtaining professional indemnity cover.

      National Drug Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the latest annual report by the International Narcotics Control Board, whether they have made an assessment of harm reduction strategies as part of...

      Consumer Council for Water

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the costs of establishing the new Consumer Council for Water are yet known; if so, what they are, and how they will be apportioned to the water undertakers...

      Single Railway Track: South-west

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Triesman on 29 April (WA 92), whether long stretches of single-railway track south-west beyond Salisbury to Yeovil and...

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