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Written answers

Wednesday, 19 May 2004

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department uses the Bovigam gamma interferon test in field trials.

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms in Gloucestershire are under movement restrictions due to bovine TB, broken down by constituency; what the...

      Agricultural Census

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the future administration of the annual June agricultural census.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what target was most recently set by the Government for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2020.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government expects to achieve a 60 per cent. reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government first used the term some 60 per cent. by 2050 to define the target for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of decoupling on co-operative dairy farmers; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many conferences have been organised by her Department in the last three years for which figures are available; how much...

      Farm Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she is undertaking into the implications of the use of the milk quota and other quota arrangements as a means...

      Farm Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on proposals to examine the rules in relation to prescription-only farm medicines and the cost...

      Glaciers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what net change in the percentage of (a) area and (b) volume of glacier there has been in each of the last 10 years.

      GM Crop Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) acres and (b) hectares of land have been used for GM crop trials in each of the last five years for which...

      GM Crop Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many sites GM crops have been grown in the UK in the last five years for which records are available; and how many...

      Iacs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications for farmers of the time scale for distribution of Integrated Administration...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates the Dairy Supply Chain Forum met in the last year to discuss farmgate milk prices; what representations she has...

      Milk Processing (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers she has to ensure that competition exists in milk processing in Lancashire.

      Over-30 Month Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will make an announcement on the ending of the over-30 month scheme.

      Over-30 Month Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) her colleagues in the Department of Health and (b) the Food Standards Agency on the...

      Pedestrian Crossings (Railways)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she gives to local authorities on re-routing public rights of way in order to make pedestrian crossings at rail...

      Sewage Sludge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons sludge sewage has been exempted from requiring a waste management licence for treatment in agriculture; and...

      Sewage Sludge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research has been undertaken to assess the potential risks to health posed by the spreading of sewage sludge on...

      Sewage Sludge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken to amend the Sludge (Use in Agriculture) Regulations 1989 to incorporate a safe barrier between...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the single farm payment scheme on farmers in (a) Loughborough and (b)...

      Sudden Oak Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many instances of sudden oak death have been detected in the South East of England; and at what locations.

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will make a statement on the consultation carried out by her Department on reform of the sugar regime.

      Swill Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the replies received by the Department by (a) 26 April 2001 and (b) 1 May 2001 in response to the...

      Tobacco Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to which countries EU-grown tobacco is exported.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Miners' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many miners have been compensated and how much has been paid in compensation under the miners' compensation scheme, broken down by...

    • Miners' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many medical assessments and offers have been disputed by Raleys solicitors under the Coalminers Compensation claim for chronic pulmonary...

      Miners' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether DMH (a) has been removed at any time and (b) is currently removed from the list of approved solicitors dealing with chronic...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to meet the Energy White Paper target of 10GWe of combined heat and power by 2010; and what progress has been made...

      Company Liquidations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether administrators who take over a company following its liquidation are subject to the same redundancy regulations as other companies.

      Company Liquidations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will take steps to ensure that employees made redundant by administrators following a company's liquidation have the same rights as...

      Product Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 5 May 2004, Official Report, column 1645W, on product recalls/safety, when she intends to implement the General...

      Product Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 5 May 2004, Official Report, column 1645W, on product recalls/safety, if she will place in the Library...

      Small Businesses (Blackpool, South)

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

      Small Mines Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the operational arrangements to allow full and final payments to be made in respect of the 23 February agreement on small mines claims...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of UK Trade and Investment in the last financial year.

      Working Time Regulations

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

      Work-Life Balance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what schemes and initiatives her Department is undertaking in each constituency in Hampshire to promote a better work-life balance.

  • Treasury

    • Aviation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the additional revenue that would be raised, assuming no change in the level of sales, if duty free concessions on alcohol,...

    • Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue he received from the Climate Change Levy in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; and what proportion of that sum in each year was received...

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the climate change levy on the construction industry.

      Credit Derivatives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the review of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 covers the regulation of credit derivatives.

      Debt Cancellation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the cancellation of debt in the world's poorest countries.

      European Council of Finance Ministers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held on 11 May; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he...

      ICT Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his budget is for staff training in information and communication technology in this financial year.

      Lambert Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to implement Recommendation 6.2 of the Lambert Review of Business University collaboration; and if he will make a statement.

      Museums

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to give the same VAT tax privileges to university museums as those that apply to other museums

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding he has made available for overseas aid in each year since 2000.

      Sport Utility Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will examine the recent steps taken by the German states to increase the tax on sport utility vehicles to assess the potential environmental effects...

  • Transport

    • Dibden Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Government Office for the South East has to initiate discussions with appropriate authorities to determine the future (a) investment and...

    • British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport from how many police stations the British Transport Police operate; and what the manning levels were at each station in each year since 1997.

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many British Transport Police officers in London are (a) trained and (b) equipped to handle major terrorist biological attacks.

      Bus Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will issue regulations to allow camera enforcement of bus lanes outside London; and if he will make a statement.

      Concessionary Bus Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the use of concessionary bus fares for older people in England and Wales; and what plans he has for future changes.

      Driving Standards Agency (Conferences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many conferences for attendees other than Driving Standards Agency employees the DSA has organised each year since 1997; and how much each...

      Light Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment his Department has made of the National Audit Office report, "Improving Public Transport in England through Light Rail"; (2)...

      Light Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with organisations representing the disabled about the inclusion of access criteria in the assessment of the...

      Light Rapid Transit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much central Government investment was promised by his Department when funding approval was first given to the South Hampshire Rapid Transit...

      Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to minimise the movement of radioactive material.

      Rail and Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the socio-economic make up of rail users (a) outside London, (b) in London and (c) in the South East; (2) what...

      Rail and Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made towards the targets for bus services agreed between his Department and the Confederation for Passenger Transport announced...

      Rail and Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much capital expenditure has been invested by local authorities on measures designed to improve the quality and reliability of bus services outside...

      Rail and Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many hourly bus services were operating in rural areas in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Rail and Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which train operating companies are run on (a) management contracts and (b) a cost plus basis; and when each contract began.

      Railways

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

      Rural Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much of the £263 million cited in paragraph 5.14 on page 52 of his Department's Annual Report 2004 comes through the Rural Bus Subsidy Grant...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are to increase the number of speed cameras in the Humberside area.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the (a) installation costs and (b) annual maintenance and running costs of a speed camera.

      Transport Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made towards delivering the targets relating to Transport Direct set out in the 10- year plan; and when he expects remaining...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost was of performing abortions in NHS hospitals in each of the last three years for which figures are available; (2) how many abortions...

    • Agency Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2004, Official Report, column 1127W, on agency fees, what definition has been used of non-NHS staff.

      Allied Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) consultants and (b) clinical specialists he estimates will be appointed within the allied health professions in the next (i) 12 months...

      Ambulances (Speeding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulance drivers have been recorded as speeding by speed cameras while answering 999 calls in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003; what the total...

      Ambulances (Speeding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received in respect of ambulance drivers recorded as speeding by speed cameras when answering 999 calls; and if he will make a...

      Barbecued Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many food poisoning incidents relating to barbecued food were recorded in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide key statistical performance indicators for Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust, disaggregated between Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals, for...

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations have been cancelled for non-clinical reasons in each strategic health authority in England in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the population in each primary care trust in London is registered with an NHS dentist.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been allocated to dentistry (a) in each year since 1997 and (b) for each of the next three years; and how that money has been spent.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to recruit more NHS dentists.

      Diagnostic Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 5 May 2004, Official Report, column 1612W, on diagnostic testing, of what types of diagnostic testing his Department is...

      Drugs Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure on drugs in the NHS was in (a) England, (b) each NHS region and (c) each strategic health authority in each of the last 10...

      Failed Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of patients failed to attend NHS appointments in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority in each...

      Fertility Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many licensed clinics providing fertility treatment have obtained licences for embryonic stem cell research.

      Fertility Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the application to the Human Fertilisation Embryology Authority by Professor Alison Murdoch for a licence to create human...

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) staff and (b) community electors each foundation trust had at the time of the election for governors; and how many electors took part in each...

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many positions were available on the board of governors for each NHS foundation trust for patients and staff; how many people stood for each position;...

      Gamete Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much money the Government intends to invest to promote gamete donation; (2) what protocols are in place to ensure that no coercive practices...

      General Practice in England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to act on the findings and recommendations of the Audit Commission report "A Focus on General Practice in England".

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there are per head in each primary care trust in England.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for NHS patients to be given a first appointment with a general practitioner was in each year from 1974 to 2003.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there have been per head in Brent, East in each year since 1997.

      Waiting Times

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

      Waiting Times

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

      Health Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) occupational therapists, (b) physiotherapists and (c) speech and language therapists were employed in the NHS in each (i) NHS region and...

      Healthy Eating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Department is taking to encourage the production and sale of healthier foods.

      Healthy Living Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of healthy living centres.

      Hearing-impaired Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to introduce deaf and disability awareness training for front-line NHS staff.

      Hospital Services/Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the major investments at (a) Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby and (b) Scunthorpe Hospital since 1997, and the value of those...

      Hospital Services/Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were on (a) in-patient waiting lists and (b) day case waiting lists at (i) Diana, Princess of Wales hospital and (ii) Grimsby and...

      Hospitals (Internet Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the hospitals which (a) have and (b) do not have access to broadband-enabled internet, broken down by (i) London boroughs, (ii)...

      Improving Chronic Disease Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the details of the Improving Chronic Disease Programme will be published.

      Internet Medicine Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations have been made by (a) the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency between April 2003 and 2004 and (b) the Medicines Control...

      Investing in General Practice Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the £85,000 allocated to South Sefton Primary Care Trust to support the Investing in General Practice commitments will be spent.

      Investing in General Practice Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the £86,000 allocated to Southport and Formby Primary Care Trust to support the Investing in General Practice commitments will be spent.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to increase the number of midwives employed in (a) hospitals and (b) the community.

      NHS (Translation Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what translation costs were incurred within the National Health Service in 2003–04.

      NHS Land Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will receive the profits of sale of NHS land for housing where a foundation trust is not in existence.

      NHS Land Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the anticipated profits of sale of surplus NHS land for housing are expected to be; and how much front line service expansion this profit is expected...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of those classified as (a) senior managers, (b) managers, (c) clerical and (d) administrative staff within the NHS (i) have medical training and...

      North Bristol NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the costs of (a) elective acute activity and (b) non-elective acute activity at North Bristol NHS Trust; how these compare...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the obesity rate is for (a) all people, (b) under-25s and (c) over-25s in (i) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (ii) England.

      Organ Transplants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many transplant operations took place on average in each year since 2001, broken down by type of organ.

      Pensions Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2004, Official Report, column 865W, on pension schemes, on what grounds the NHS Pensions Agency may refuse to accept a...

      Personal Injury Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many personal injury cases have resulted in repayment of NHS costs to the NHS in each of the last five years; what the total amount recovered was;...

      Pharmaceutical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that the results of pharmaceutical research indicating negative results are made available to (a) the National...

      Practitioners with a Special Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made for each of the last five years of the number of referrals to practitioners with a special interest, broken down by (a)...

      Practitioners with a Special Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many professions allied to medicine have been appointed as practitioners with a specialist interest in each year since the scheme started; and from...

      Professional Groups (Vacancies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the vacancy rate was for each professional group in the North West London Strategic Health Authority in each year since 1997.

      Professional Groups (Vacancies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the vacancy rate is for each health professional group in each strategic health authority in England; and what the average figures are for (a) London...

      Public Health Action Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for (a) publishing and (b) implementing the Public Health Action Plan proposed in Choosing Health.

      Skin Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to extend chronic disease management clinics to cover skin diseases; and if he will make a statement.

      St. George's Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what development projects are proposed for St. George's Hospital, Tooting within the next three years; and what the estimated cost is of each.

      Staff Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent on staff turnover (a) at North West London Hospitals Trust and (b) in the North West London Strategic Health Authority in each...

      Teenage Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of incidence of each sexually transmitted disease was in teenagers in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Waiting Lists/Times

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

      Waiting Lists/Times

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

      Waiting Lists/Times

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

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his target of 17 weeks' wait for a national health service out-patient referral starts from (a) the date of the consultation with the referring...

  • Home Department

    • Car Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cars were stolen in (a) Lancashire, (b) Yorkshire, (c) Cheshire, (d) Derbyshire and (e) Wales in 2003; and how many were...

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made, in respect of counter-terrorist planning, of the work done by the Health and Safety Executive for...

      Crime (Stalybridge and Hyde)

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

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Criminal Records Bureau checks were carried out free for charities in each of the last 12 months; and at what cost to his Department.

      Custodial Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many adult males given a custodial sentence by courts were assessed as requiring (a) category A, (b) category B, (c) category C and (d)...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of whether (a) convicted and (b) suspected terrorists in the United Kingdom are using (i) multiple and (ii) false...

      Mini-cab Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the reasons are for the exclusion of other EU citizens from criminal record checks when applying to work as mini-cab drivers; (2)...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list visits made by each Minister in the Department between December 2003 and April 2004, broken down by (a) date, (b)...

      Neighbourhood Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the future of the National Association for Neighbourhood Watch.

      Neighbourhood Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support and assistance he provides to Neighbourhood Watch districts merging into regional bodies.

      Operation Cohort

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Operation Cohort in the National Crime Squad is to close.

      Police

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

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by how much in (a) percentage and (b) cash terms the Metropolitan police grant has changed in each year since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he has taken to promote the use of bicycles by patrolling police officers.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civilians were employed by each police force in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available; and in what...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours were spent by police officers (a) on patrol, (b) on reactive policing, (c) in offices and (d) attending court for each police...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what use is being made of geographic information systems to match police project funding to area-specific problems (a) in Middlesbrough South...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances the police are entitled to enter private property without a warrant.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British-manufactured (a) vehicles and (b) motorcycles are employed by police forces.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines his Department offers on buying British-built or manufactured vehicles for police forces.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign-made vehicles are used by police forces.

      Solvent Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training is provided to police on dealing with children engaging in solvent abuse.

      Solvent Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what voluntary sector agencies are used by police authorities for training in solvent abuse among children.

      Drug Addiction

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate how many people there are in Greater London, who are addicted to drugs, broken down by borough.

      Drug Addiction

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate what proportion of crime in Greater London was connected to drug addiction in each year since 1997, broken down by borough.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department plans to contribute financially to the establishment of the second phase of the central point of expertise on timber.

      Under-age Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to tackle under-age drinking.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Local Authority Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what rewards are being given to local authorities with a record of delivering excellent services to the community.

    • Better Government for Older People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his Department's contribution to Better Government for Older People.

      Travelling Showmen

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what Government policy is on location of winter quarters for travelling showmen.

      New Deal for Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the progress of the new deal for communities.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to the Yorkshire and Humber economy of regional government.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the companies to which he has awarded contracts in relation to the Your Say information campaign on elected regional assemblies; and, what the...

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the annual funding for 2004–05 is for (a) regional chambers, (b) the English Regions Network and (c) the Regional Co-ordination Unit; what the total...

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his Answer of 19 April 2004, Official Report, column 366W, on regional assemblies, what proportion of each of those costs will be spent in (a) the...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of local authority spending in the current financial year is (a) provided centrally and (b) raised locally.

      Gypsies/Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to help gypsies and travelling people living on unauthorised sites.

      Decent Homes Standard

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many houses have been brought up to the Government's Decent Homes Standards by (a) registered social landlords, (b) arm's length management organisations, (c)...

      Disabled Children

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what percentage of families with disabled children received assistance from statutory agencies in order to address their housing needs in the latest period...

      Disabled Facilities Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) whether the disabled facilities grant is subject to a review; and if he will make a statement; (2) what plans he has to abolish means testing of the...

      Emergency Calls (Speed Cameras)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has received from fire and rescue authorities concerning the administrative costs of dealing with the paperwork generated by the...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Government achieved its target of reducing the council house repairs backlog by at least 900,000 properties by April; and what the estimated number of...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when local authorities were allowed to raise resources against their assets and the income stream to improve the quality of their housing.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total cost is of the dowry funding allocated to housing transfers under the Estates Renewal Challenge Fund.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the role and mission statement are of his Community Housing Task Force.

      Housing

      Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his estimate is of the total amount of debt write-off (a) involved in housing transfers in 2004–05 and (b) actually paid out in...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) whether his officials vet the promises made by housing associations on transfer proposals; whether offer documents are standardised; and how his officials...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether civil servants in his Department are allowed to (a) campaign for large scale voluntary transfer proposals and (b) advise councils on how to win tenant...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of tenants eligible to vote, voted (a) for and (b) against transfer in this year's ballots on (i) large-scale voluntary transfers and (ii) arm's...

      Local Authority Leisure Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he made of adjusting planning guidance on sports and leisure facilities to take account of the Government's targets to raise participation.

      Tree Preservation Orders

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will take steps to amend Tree Preservation Order legislation so that dying and dead ancient trees are eligible for protection.

  • Education and Skills

    • Child Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will publish his response to the Better Regulation Task Force report on the regulation of child employment.

    • Child Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the recommendations made in the Better Regulation Task Force report on the regulation of child...

      Child Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to ensure that existing guidelines and codes of practice regarding the employment of children are enforced at local...

      Child Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to propose new clauses to the Children's Bill relating to the regulation of child employment in England and Wales.

      Computers Within Reach Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers and (b) families in Manchester, Gorton have benefited from the Computers Within Reach programme.

      Computers Within Reach Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many families in Tamworth constituency have benefited from the Computers Within Reach programme; and how many teachers have benefited...

      Early Retirement

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

      Education Act Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many times he has exercised his powers under section 58 of the Education Act 2002 to appoint interim executive members to a specially...

      Education Act Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many times he has exercised his powers under section 56 of the Education Act 2002 to (a) close schools and (b) appoint additional governors.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding was spent per pupil in Oldham West and Royton in each of the last seven years.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding was spent, per pupil, in the Huntingdon constituency in each of the last seven years.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public money was spent per pupil in West Lancashire in each of the last seven years.

      Educational Achievement (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many passes in GCSE at grades A*-C or equivalent were achieved by students in (a) the County of Essex in each year from 1980 to 1997 and...

      Excellence in Cities

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

      Further Education Colleges (Salford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will provide funding to help further education colleges in the City of Salford to refurbish and rebuild their estates.

      Higher Education (North-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on his recent discussions with the North West Regional Development Agency on the links between industry and...

      History Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to promote the (a) teaching of history and (b) testing of historical knowledge in primary schools.

      Infant Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average teacher-to-pupil ratio in infant classes was in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) the north-east and (c) England in each...

      Maintained Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils there were in each of the last six years aged 11 to 15 in maintained secondary schools in England; and how many and what...

      Marriage and Relationship Support Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 5 May 2004, Official Report, column 1583W, on Marriage and Relationship Support, if he will list the pilot...

      National Childcare Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the number of children in Wirral, South who have gained from the National Childcare Strategy.

      Postgraduate Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average level of tuition fees charged for a taught postgraduate degree was in the UK last year; and what level of Government funded...

      School Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will instruct Ofsted to make positive accreditation awards to schools following Her Majesty's Inspectorate or team validation...

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what criteria Ofsted applies with regard to inspecting school sports and physical activities; (2) what remit Ofsted has to inspect...

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been invested in developing school sports facilities in Bootle since 1997.

      School Transport (Norfolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the cost of school transport in Norfolk in each month for the last four years.

      Trafficked Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) advice and (b) information he has issued to local authorities about the use of the trafficked children's resource operated by...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Children's Diet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her assessment of the effect of food promotion on children's health takes into account the (a) quantity, (b) frequency and (c)...

    • Children's Diet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has accepted the conclusions of the Food Standards Agency research, "Does Food Promotion Influence Children? A Systematic...

      Local Authority Leisure Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with representatives of the private sector on the contribution it can make to investing in local...

      Local Authority Leisure Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's assessment is of the impact of trusts on provision of local authority leisure facilities; and if she will make a...

      Local Authority Leisure Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's policy is on ensuring that operators of public sector leisure facilities which have been contracted out invest in...

      Local Authority Leisure Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what standards the Government set for the acceptable standard of sports and leisure facilities offered by a local authority.

      Local Authority Leisure Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the cost of bringing local authority leisure facilities up to what Sport England considers...

      New Opportunities Fund

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

      Physical Activity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with the private sector on the contribution it can make to raising participation in sport and...

      Physical Activity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the target increase in participation in sport and physical activity between now and 2020 is expected to come through...

      Public Bodies (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much grant in aid funding was given to the regional cultural consortiums and what the administration costs were, in 2002–03,...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the action taken in the case of the two soldiers implicated in the killing of a 20-year-old Afghan on 16 February 2002.

    • Defence Logistics Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what items make up the Defence Logistics Organisation-sponsored Support Solutions Envelope.

      Departmental Records Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the process is for the security clearance of (a) agency and (b) other staff working for TNT at the Departmental Records Office at Bourne...

      Departmental Records Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints have been lodged against the performance of TNT in its handling of records based at the Hayes Departmental Records Office at Bourne...

      Falklands War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans will be put in place to commemorate in the UK the 25th anniversary of the Falklands War.

      Falklands War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether funding will be provided for a visit in 2007 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Falklands War as it was for the 2002 Pilgrimage to the...

      Mine Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel are involved in mine clearance and explosive ordnance disposal; and in which countries such personnel are working.

      Nuclear Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 27 April 2004, Official Report, column 873W, on Nuclear Installations (Aircraft Incidents), what reviews have taken place of...

      Paper Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when his Department expects to implement in full the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that...

      RAF Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Air Force aircraft used RAF Gibraltar in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004 broken down by type; how many other air forces used Gibraltar in each year;...

      Warship Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria are used by the Warship Support Agency's Maritime Support Strategy element to assess support through life for major future naval...

      Wreck Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Under-Secretary of State's letter reference D/US of S/IC 1295/04/A of 5 April 2004, what action he is taking to resolve the legal...

  • International Development

    • Aid (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department has (a) run, (b) directly and solely financed and (c) directly financed with other contributors in (i)...

    • Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made of the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people his Department estimates to be (a) internally displaced in Colombia, (b) displaced from Colombia to Panama and (c)...

      Departmental Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he will publish his strategy referred to on page 190 of the 2004 Departmental Report for improving project scoring of the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what new measures he plans to ensure the safety of British civilians who are helping to deliver aid and reconstruction in Iraq.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of children are in primary education in the top 30 UK development partner countries.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of children are enrolled in primary school in each of the 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa for which the Millennium...

      World Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes his Department (a) (i) runs and (ii) finances through the Inter-American Development Bank and (b) finances through the...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he next plans to visit Yemen.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Magistrates

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many magistrates are aged (a) 25 to 30, (b) 30 to 40, (c) 40 to 50, (d) 50 to 60, (e) 60 to 65 and (f) 65 to 70 in (i) Lancashire and (ii) Chorley...

    • Magistrates

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office who is responsible for selecting new magistrates in Lancashire; and what process is used.

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the production of the Cabinet Office's latest annual report cost; how many copies were printed; how many copies of it were sold at its cover...

      Emergency Communications Network

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been spent in each of the last three years on maintaining and utilising the Emergency Communications Network.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to ensure that any new plan for the Cyprus problem will not impose a financial burden on the Greek...

    • European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the implications of the Loizidou case, concerning Turkey's acts in Northern Cyprus, in relation...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Indonesian authorities concerning the recent resurgence of violence in Ambon, with...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the US Central Intelligence Agency comments on the 10 September 2002 draft of the UK Government's Dossier, Iraq's...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 30 January 2004, Official Report, column 581W, on Iraq, whether the source upon which it based its...

      Minority Languages (Europe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the Council of Europe's recent report on implementation of the European Charter on minority and...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance has been given to Russia through the Individual Partnership Programme under NATO's Partnership for Peace...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Turkish Government on political prisoners being held in Turkish prisons; which...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Turkish Government on the (a) health and (b) prison conditions under which Mr....

  • Work and Pensions

    • Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 1 April 2004, Official Report, column 1638W, on staff reduction, (1) what discussions he has had with trade...

    • Departmental Contracts

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

      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 combined pension forecasts have been...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who claimed the state pension but lived outside the United Kingdom in each year from...

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what (a) instruction and (b) guidance (i) his officials and (ii) Ministers were following prior to the decision not to make the February International Committee of...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Community Legal Services Partnerships

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representation community legal services partnerships have on local strategic partnerships; and if he will liaise...

    • Community Legal Services Partnerships

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the workings of community legal services partnerships, with particular reference to...

      Timber

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Department plans to contribute financially to the establishment of the second phase of the Central Point of...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the progress made on the Attorney General's examination of police powers, bail arrangements and other criminal...

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what future funding has been allocated specifically in relation to the development of treatment and care for Alzheimer's sufferers.

      Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether it is his intention to bring forward a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the dates on which he has had meetings with the Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice since his appointment.

      Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in relation to an inspection of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for...

      Criminal Justice Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of staff are employed within the Northern Ireland Criminal Justice Inspectorate; and if he will make a statement on recruitment...

      Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions took place at the recent Anglo-Irish summit concerning the Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill and the need for legislation;...

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Language Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure has contributed towards the costs of the production and staging of the Ulster Scots...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      MS Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been provided to make beta interferon and glatiramer available to multiple sclerosis sufferers; and if he will make a statement.

      Pressure Ulcers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what actions are being taken to limit costs resulting from pressure ulcers.

      Pupil Numbers (Secondary Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils aged 11 to 15 there were in each of the last six years in maintained secondary schools in Northern Ireland; and how many and...

      Student Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many nursing students have (a) withdrawn and (b) been forced to withdraw from their course in each of the past five years at universities in...

  • Scotland

    • Advisers/Consultants

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

    • Departmental Annual Report

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

      Holyrood (Transport Competences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from the Scottish Executive concerning the transfer of additional competences to Holyrood on transport matters.

      Productivity

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

  • House of Lords

    • Organic Crops: Presence of Heavy Metals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether research has been carried out on the presence of heavy metals in organic crops, particularly potatoes.

    • Cormorants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 24 March (WA 103–04), what was the estimated number of cormorants wintering on United Kingdom fisheries...

      EU Export Subsidies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support the proposals by the European Union Trade Commissioner to end subsidies on food and agricultural exports.

      Civil Service: Election Guidance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the interests of transparency in the separation of governmental and party political activities, they will set up an independent commission to oversee...

      European Union Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given the reply by the Lord President on 10 May (HL Deb, cols 1-2), whether the statement on the Cabinet Office website that about 50 per cent of major legislation...

      Constitution Hill, London: Cycle Lane

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost of the construction of the cycle lane adjacent to Constitution Hill in London.

      Air Displays

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What restrictions apply to local authorities or other organisations proposing to operate an airshow.

      Self-invested Personal Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On the basis of the most recently available statistics, how many self-invested pension plans there are; what are their mean and median net assets; and how many...

      Civil Partnership: Public Service Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the total estimated financial cost of making survivor pension benefits for civil partners retrospective in public service pension schemes; and what...

      Lottery Funding for the Voluntary and Community Sector

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to ensure that future arrangements for funding voluntary and charitable organisations with lottery funds recognise, and seek to enhance,...

      Housing for Key Workers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance is available to (a) midwives; and (b) other key workers with regard to housing in (i) Manchester; and (ii) elsewhere in England.

      Windfarms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total public subsidy given to (a) onshore; and (b) offshore wind farms; and what is the cost of the subsidy per megawatt.

      NHS Modernisation Agency: Osteoporosis and Falls Work

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, and if so how, the National Health Service Modernisation Agency's collaborative work, specifically in the area of osteoporosis, will be taken forward...

      Department of Health: "Arm's Length Bodies"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 11 May (WA 32), when the Department of Health's review of its executive non-departmental bodies, special health...

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